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On Sept. 29, 2021, we published BCCNM's Commitment to Action: Constructive disruption to Indigenous-specific racism amongst B.C. Nurses and Midwives. In our action plan, we identified three broad areas of focus—systems, behaviours, and beliefs.
One year on, we are pleased to provide a progress update on each action item.
Certification requirements returning to pre-pandemic schedule in 2023
In response to the difficulty of completing in-person education due to the COVID-19 pandemic, certification requirements for practising midwives were temporarily changed to completion every three years. On April 1, 2023, the continuing competencies requirement will return to the typical schedule.
Read on to view the updated schedule and see if you need to recertify.
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Focus group for midwives
We are conducting an online focus group on Oct. 12 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Participants will receive a $100 honorarium for their participation.
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Changes to pharmacists' authority to renew prescriptions, prescribe and administer medications
Working in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the College of Pharmacists of BC (CPBC) has approved changes to permit pharmacists in B.C. to administer a wider range of drugs by injection and intranasal route, and to adapt existing prescriptions for a wider range of drugs and conditions. CPBC is also working towards extending the expiry date for all prescriptions from one year to two years. These changes are expected to take effect Oct. 14, 2022.
The 2022 BCCNM election will be held this fall. All BCCNM registrants in good standing (LPN, NP, RN, RPN, LGN, and midwives, except employed student registrants) can vote in this online election. There are two board positions to be filled.
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, Oct. 10. We will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11.
For more information: bccnm.ca
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