In December 2015, the BC government signed into law a revised Nurses (Licensed Practical) Regulation. BCCNM has established standards, limits and conditions to complement the Regulation.
The 2015 Regulation sets out a new regulatory framework for LPNs in BC. Several fundamental changes impact the way LPNs practise in BC.
LPNs are only allowed to act on a client-specific order from an authorized health professional who is registered to practise in British Columbia, except where the client has been transferred from Alberta, Yukon or the Northwest Territories for emergency treatment in British Columbia. In addition, an order for an LPN to cast a fracture of a bone may only ever be given by a physician or nurse practitioner who is registered in British Columbia.
LPNs make a nursing diagnosis of a condition before determining an appropriate plan of care.
LPNs are authorized to treat respiratory distress in a known asthmatic, anaphylaxis and hypoglycemia.
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