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Message from the Registrar
Dear midwives and nurses,
In late 2022, the provincial government passed new legislation for regulated health professions in B.C. The Health Professions and Occupations Act (“the HPOA”, formerly Bill 36), which will replace the Health Professions Act, is not yet in effect. However, BCCNM and B.C.’s 15 other health profession regulators are working together and with government to understand the changes and plan for its in-effect date.
The HPOA will provide the colleges with several new regulatory tools that will help us do our work more effectively, including...
Screening and Diagnostic Tests: Standards, Limits, and Conditions
Help us understand if this draft is clear, applicable to different practice settings, and supports safe midwifery practice. The deadline to participate in the survey is June 23.
Indigenous Cultural Safety, Cultural Humility, and Anti-racism standard and resources
We'd like your input on how midwives and nurses use the standard and resources in practice. Your feedback also helps us understand overall awareness. The survey deadline is June 15.
Have you watched these videos?
To help nurses and midwives understand and apply the Indigenous Cultural Safety, Cultural Humility and Anti-Racism practice standard, BCCNM collaborated with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC on a series of videos. This month, we're highlighting the video on strengths-based and trauma-informed practice.
Controls on practice
There are four levels of regulatory control on a midwife's practice.
Each level, from the bottom to the top, works to narrow and define a midwife's scope of practice. Check out this new resource.
Patients will be able to view medical imaging reports in Health Gateway
In late June 2023, Health Gateway will begin making medical imaging reports accessible to patients. Patients will be able to see their medical imaging reports seven days after the report is finalized. This approach ensures the referring or responsible provider has the opportunity to discuss results with the patient first, as needed. Please note that any medical imaging reports from private facilities will not be included in Health Gateway.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pharmacists can now prescribe contraceptives, treatments for minor ailments
As of June 1, 2023, people in B.C. can get prescriptions from their pharmacist for contraceptives and medications to treat 21 minor ailments, such as allergies, shingles, cold sores, pink eye, and uncomplicated urinary tract infections.
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.
BCCNM's office will be closed on Monday, July 3 in observance of Canada Day. We will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 4.
For more information: bccnm.ca
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