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B: The role of BCCNP: standards, limits and conditions


The Health Professions Act gives BCCNP the authority to establish, monitor and enforce standards, limits and conditions for registered nurse and nurse practitioner practice. The standards, limits and conditions for nurse practitioners are recommended to the BCCNM Board by the Nurse Practitioner Standards Committee in accordance with the Regulation and BCCNM Bylaws.

  • Standard – an expected and achievable level of performance against which actual performance can be compared. It is the minimum level of acceptable performance.
  • Limit – specifies what nurse practitioners are not permitted to do.
  • Condition – sets out the circumstances under which nurse practitioners may carry out an activity.

Whenever appropriate, BCCNP uses standards rather than limits and conditions to provide direction for practice.

As with all BCCNP registrants, nurse practitioners are expected to meet all BCCNP Standards of Practice for RNs and NPs. The BCCNM Standards of Practice include:

  • Professional Standards
  • Practice Standards
  • Scope of Practice Standards, Limits and Conditions

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