The BCCNM board on Jan. 26, 2023, approved revisions to the
Delegating Tasks to Unregulated Care Providers practice standard for nurse practitioners (NPs) and registered nurses (RNs) and extended this practice standard to now apply to registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs). This standard, now called
Delegation to Unregulated Care Providers, takes effect March 1, 2023.
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Delegating Tasks to Unregulated Care Providers practice standard was established several years ago to outline the expectations for RNs and NPs to meet when delegating care to unregulated care providers (UCPs).
While the legacy College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia (CRPNBC) had published a guideline,
Delegating to Unregulated Care Providers, it was not transferred from CRPNBC to the BC College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP). The lack of standards for RPNs to follow when delegating to UCPs was identified as a gap.
Consultation feedback, reviewed literature, and jurisdictional scan findings underscore the complexity and difficulty of delegation, the challenges faced by nurses when delegating care to unregulated care providers, and the critical role that nurses play to ensure client safety. In particular, BCCNM's consultations included the First Nations Health Authority, who are now facilitating a connection with an Indigenous healthcare team on a learning resource case study that reflects the unique context of delegation within First Nations communities.
The amendments to the
Delegating Tasks to Unregulated Care Providers practice standard (with new title
Delegation to Unregulated Care Providers) include: