The BCCNM board on Sep. 29, 2022, approved revised limits and conditions on Registered Nurse Certified Practice. These changes take effect Nov. 7, 2022.
The changes to the RN scope of practice limits and conditions for certified practice clarify the requirements to be met by RNs authorized under Section 8 of the Nurses (Registered) and Nurse Practitioners Regulation. The new limits and conditions outline requirements for:
Additionally, the proposed limits and conditions identify the certified practice education programs approved by BCCNM; outline the diseases, disorders, and conditions allowed to be diagnosed and treated by RN(C)s; and identify the drug schedules and therapeutic classes of the medications allowed to be administered, dispensed, or prescribed as per their respective certified practice decision support tools.
A reminder that the Certified Practice competencies and decisions support tools are maintained by the Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC.
It is imperative to note that BCCNM-approved education related to prescribing is not yet available. Organizations will need to implement processes to support RN(C) prescribing. Education specific to prescribing is required prior to existing RN(C)s acting as an RN(C) prescriber. In the meantime, RN(C)s are still authorized to administer and dispense medications using current processes established by their employer(s).
BCCNM is supporting the Ministry of Health as it rolls out PRIME, the system by which all healthcare professionals will access PharmaNet. Certified Practice Registered Nurses will receive an email in November 2022, inviting them to enrol in PRIME and providing them with their new PharmaNet ID.
It is imperative to note that this PharmaNet ID does not authorize you to prescribe. Rather, it will grant you access to PharmaNet if you need it to deliver patient care. Once a prescribing course is in place, and Certified Practice nurses are able to meet all the conditions related to prescribing, they will apply to BCCNM for prescribing authority.