Unshakeable confidence in nursing and midwifery care
On Oct. 19, 2022, B.C.'s Minister of Health introduced new legislation to replace the
Health Professions Act (HPA). On Nov. 24, 2022, the new legislation—the Health Professions and Occupations Act (HPOA)—received Royal Assent.
The HPOA lays the groundwork for transforming how regulators fulfill our mandate to protect the public. We will provide nurses and midwives with regular updates over the coming months. Read on to find out what we know so far.
Registration fees for 2023-24
BCCNM registration fees for 2023-24 are now available on our website. Read the fee summary for NPs to understand what's changing.
Do you have enough prescription pads?
Please submit prescription pad orders by
Dec. 19, 2022 and ensure you have enough pads to last over the break. Controlled prescription pad orders will not be processed between Dec. 20, 2022 and Jan. 3, 2023.
Medication practice standard revised
The Medication practice standard has been revised to include principles that outline the responsibilities for when nurses administer or dispense medications within their autonomous scope of practice. These changes take effect
Jan. 5, 2023.
Changes to RN certified practice
Jan. 5, 2023, BCCNM will no longer require RNs who wish to attain certification in Remote Practice to successfully complete the
Reproductive Health—Contraceptive Management and Reproductive Health— Sexually Transmitted Infections certified practices.
Cultural Safety, Humility and Anti-Racism Practice Standard adopted by 11 more regulators
More than 28,000 B.C. health professionals can now reference clear expectations to eliminate Indigenous-specific racism and foster culturally safe care in their practice, thanks to a joint initiative between 11 BC health profession regulatory colleges.
This new standard is adapted from the standard BCCNM and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC established.
Board election results
Rose Melynk and
Tanya Momtazian! They were both successful candidates in the BCCNM board election. Rose and Tanya will begin their three-year terms in January 2023.
On Nov. 23, 2022, BCCNM hosted its annual general meeting (AGM) using an online platform. The recording is now available.
NP Entry-level Competencies update
In June, nurse practitioners across the country were asked to provide feedback on updated Entry-level Competencies (ELCs) for NPs as part of the national
Nurse Practitioner Regulation Framework Implementation Project. The proposed Entry-Level Competencies have now been completed; BCCNM will seek board approval on the updated ELCs in January 2023.
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.
PAST Hearing DECISIONS
From Dec. 19, 2022 to Jan. 2, 2023 our office will not be open to walk-in traffic. For these two weeks, staff will be available online via phone or email, except on
Dec. 27, and
Jan. 2 when we will be closed.
For more information: bccnm.ca
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