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JULY 2022

Unshakeable confidence in nursing and midwifery care


New video series: Indigenous cultural safety, cultural humility and anti-racism 

BCCNM and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC developed a series of educational videos to support nurses, midwives, physicians and surgeons to understand and apply the new standard.

These videos include suggestions for self-reflection and professional development, which can help you meet your quality assurance requirements.


Practice updates

JUNE 30, 2022

Additional education no longer required to perform nasopharyngeal swabs

As LPNs have been safely performing nasopharyngeal swabs for the past two years, the college recommended the additional education condition for LPNs be removed permanently. This change is effective immediately.

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JUNE 30, 2022

Revised standards, limits, and conditions for medical assistance in dying

During the COVID-19 public health emergency, changes were made to standards, limits, and conditions to support equitable access to MAiD across B.C. These changes are now permanent and take effect immediately.

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JUNE 30, 2022

Revised scope of practice limits and conditions for medical aesthetics

The revisions reflect developments in medical aesthetic practice, ensure consistent practice across nursing designations, and establish requirements for nurses who practise in this area. These changes take effect August 2, 2022.

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Check your practice hours

Practising LPNs need to accumulate at least 1,125 practice hours every five years to renew their registration. Now is a great time to check your hours and come up with a plan if you might fall short.

You can estimate your five-year practice hours total by adding the number of hours you have practised so far in 2022 (check your pay stubs) to the number of practice hours you reported to the college from 2018-2021.

Look up your recorded practice hours


Find out if you need to enrol in PRIME

  • BCCNM is supporting the Ministry of Health as it rolls out PRIME, the system by which all health care practitioners will access PharmaNet.
  • We will be emailing all nurses in B.C. over the coming months with their new PharmaNet ID and instructions on how to enrol.
  • Some nurses will not need to enrol—check with your manager or employer.

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Virtual care resources

If you are a nurse who provides virtual care to clients in B.C. or outside B.C., you'll want to check out this new section of the website. We've developed a new case study and FAQs for you.

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Have you signed up to the Health Provider Registry for B.C.’s Emergency Response?

As we head into the summer season and its increased risk of wildfires or floods, along with the continuing impacts to our system from COVID-19, the need for health human resources to respond to urgent or emergency events remains.

The Ministry of Health is currently undertaking a refresh of the registry and needs your help. If you signed up for the registry, you’ll be receiving an email from FreshWorks asking you confirm your continued interest in being on the registry.

If you haven’t signed up, please consider joining. 

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Call for subject matter experts

The Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS) is looking for nurses to help develop a new bilingual nursing competency assessment.

NCAS pays all its subject matter experts. The work is part-time and occasional and involves both virtual and in-person gatherings.

Prior experience is not required! Apply by July 31, 2022.

Visit NCAS's website to learn more

Inquiry, Discipline, and Monitoring updates

BCCNM publishes a variety of professional conduct notices on its website. These notices include consent agreements, Discipline Committee and Inquiry Committee notices, and Inquiry and Discipline hearing notices. While all of these notices are public information, only exceptional outcomes (i.e., Inquiry Committee order, Discipline order, hearing outcome) and circumstances (i.e., discipline hearing) are highlighted in registrant newsletters.




Office closed

BCCNM's office will be closed on Monday, Aug. 1 for BC Day. We will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Due to COVID-19, our office is currently closed to walk-in traffic.




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