The terms in this glossary are used in BCCNM resources available on this website. The glossary is intended to provide general guidance to registrants and other users of these resources, to assist in better understanding the intended meaning of the terminology described in the glossary, and avoid potential ambiguity. This glossary does not establish standards, limits or conditions for nurses’ practice, or standards of professional ethics for nurses for the purposes of the Health Professions Act or BCCNM’s bylaws; nor is it intended to alter the meaning of any terminology used in the Health Professions Act, the
Nurses (Registered) and Nurse Practitioners Regulation, BCCNM’s bylaws, or other laws relevant to nurses' practice.
The following glossary was produced to complement the Professional Standards for Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners. The following definitions may not be applicable to licensed practice nurse practice or registered psychiatric nurse practice. If you have any questions, please