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CDS Prescribing module updated

posted Feb. 18, 2021

BCCNM has recently revised the Controlled Drugs and Substances (CDS) learning module to reflect the current standards, regulations and legislation related to NP CDS prescribing.


Web learning modules offer you a convenient way to learn. They allow you to learn at your own pace at any time of day. The modules are segmented into topic areas, so you can either complete the modules in their entirety or select a single topic area to focus on. For added convenience, you can stop mid-way thr​ough the module and then later return to where you left off to continue your learning.


Professional boundaries in nursing practice

How comfortable and confident are you in recognizing, establishing and maintaining appropriate professional boundaries in your practice? Can you identify where a professional relationship ends and a personal relationship begins? Can you navigate ‘grey zones’?

This module tunnels down to the foundations that support therapeutic relationships and the potential slippery slope of boundary drifts, crossings and violations. Stories from nurses in variety of roles and practice contexts illustrate common boundary violations. Learn strategies on recognizing and preventing crossed boundaries.  

Full module»

​Mini modules

Common boundaries violations»

Directives for professional boundaries»​

Professional boundaries: A closer» 


Thinking tool​ (PDF)

​Professional boundaries resources (PDF)​

Professional boundaries workbook ​(PDF)

Clinical decision-making

Whether you’re an experienced nurse or newly-graduated, clinical decision-making skills are at the heart of any nursing practice. This self-paced module builds on your existing knowledge to strengthen your clinical decision-making skills.

Full module»

Mini modules

Clinical Decision-making: A Closer Look»
Defining Clinical Decision-making»​
Unpacking Clinical Decision-making: Frameworks»


Clear and easily understood communication is essential to any type of nursing practice. When you communicate effectively, your clients are safer. This self-paced module provides you with skills to ensure all of your communication methods, whether they are verbal or written, meet your audience’s needs.

Full module»

Mini modules

Communications in Practice»
Considering Context in Effective Communication»
Effective Communication Key Element»
The Nature of Communication»​


Communication learning resources​ (PDF)
Communications workbook​ (PDF)

Controlled Drugs and Substances (CDS)

CDS prescribing is a complex area of practice with high rates of morbidity and mortality associated with drug interactions, overdose and addictions. The competencies associated with this practice are distinct and beyond those related to prescribing generally. As such, the BCCNM Standard for CDS prescribing outlines a number of related conditions, including the requirement to successfully complete one of three foundational courses accepted by BCCNM in controlled drugs and substances prescribing and this CDS prescribing learning module.

This module builds on the foundational course NPs take on CDS prescribing. It includes information and activities designed to support NPs in:

  • applying the relevant federal and provincial legislation
  • understanding the BCCNM Standards, Limits, Conditions and Competencies for nurse practitioners for prescribing CDS in the context of NP practice
  • recognizing the risks and mitigating factors associated with prescribing CDS
  • using pharmacovigilance and applying best practices to mitigate these risks
  • being aware and applying the requirements of the Controlled Prescription Program and PharmaNet when prescribing CDS

Full module»

Learning resources (PDF)

Workbook (PDF)


Do you know what you need to document when you consult with other care providers? Or how much charting is enough? These are just a few of the types of questions we can help you answer with the Documentation in Nursing Practice learning module.

Full module»

Mini modules

Documentation: An Overview»
Approaches to Documentation»​
Characteristics of Effective Documentation»
Common Errors in Documentation»
Directives for Documentation»


Documentation learning resources​ (PDF)
Documentation workbook​ (PDF)

CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE | Internationally-educated registered nurse application process

The Internationally Educated RN Nurse Application Process Learning Module in Nursing Practice learning module content is no longer current and is unavailable at this time.

Jurisprudence for RN applicants

Jurisprudence is a legal term that refers to the study or knowledge of law. Nursing jurisprudence is law that relates specifically to nursing practice.  All nur​​ses should be familiar with the laws and legislation that affects their practice.​

This module examines how jurisprudence applies to a nurse's practice. The module takes about 1.5 hours to complete. There are several case studies, related resources and self-quizzes to help nurses learn about jurisprudence. The jurisprudence module is suitable for nurses at any stage of their nursing career.​

Starting in September 2016, all BCCNM​ applicants must complete the jurisprudence module and declare on their registration application that they've completed the module. There is no formal test or quiz required to meet BCCNM's RN registration requirements.

Full module»​


Jurisprudence resources (PDF)

Jurisprudence workbook​ (PDF)

Medication Administration

In this module, you'll learn how to translate and apply the standards to your practice while exploring the current issues related to medication administration.

You'll learn:

  • a new thinking framework that can support you and your medication administration in practice​

  • medication administration standards, requirements and issues — reflect on a wide variety of case scenarios

  • strategies to help you avoid common errors 
  • the process of reporting and follow-up in the case of medication errors

Full module»

Mini Modules

Common Errors»  
Effective Processes»


Medication administration resources (PDF)
Medication administration workbook​ (PDF)​

Privacy & Confidentiality

Our Privacy & Confidentiality in Nursing Practice learning module is an essential tool for any nurse wanting to avoid the pitfalls of social media missteps. This self-paced module guides you through the issues related to privacy and confidentiality in nursing practice. 

Full module»

Mini Modules 

Directives for Privacy and Confidentiality​»
Special Considerations»
Challenges Related to Privacy and Confidentiality»


Privacy & confidentiality learning resources (PDF)
Privacy & confidentiality workbook​ (PDF)

Professional standards for RNs & NPs

The BCCNM Professional Standards for Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners are foundational to any nurse’s practice. In 2012 we updated the Professional Standards to reflect today’s nursing environment. This self-paced learning module takes you through the principles to help you apply them to your nursing practice.

Full module»

Mini Modules

Standard 1: Professional Responsiblity and Accountability»
​Standard 2: Knowledge-based Practice»
Standard 3: Client-focused Provision of Care» ​
Standard 4: Ethical Practice​»​


Professional standards workbook​ (PDF)
Professional standards resources​ (PDF)

Quality assurance for RNs & NPs

The Quality Assurance in Nursing Practice learning module content is no longer current and is unavailable at this time.

Taking action on concerns about practice

One of the most difficult challenges a nurse can face is having to address unsafe nursing practice. There are legal and ethical issues to consider, and often these situations are complicated and emotional. This self-paced module aims to help you work towards the most effective and positive outcome.

Full module»

Mini Modules

Overview on Taking Action»
Taking Action: Systems and Processes»


Taking action learning resources (PDF)
Taking action workbook​ (PDF) 

Understanding scope of practice

​When nursing came under the Health Professions Act (HPA) in 2005, many registered nurses wondered how provincial legislation affected their practice. The answer is that the HPA — through legislation —​ defines the scope of practice for RNs. ​

The Understanding Scope of Practice​ learning module provides information and tools to help you explore the scope of practice standards for registered nurses. It begins with an overview of legislation and regulation and how these affect the RN scope of practice. The module highlights restricted activities that are outlined in the regulation in order to increase your understanding of how these apply to your practice.

In addition, there are learning activities throughout the module that provide an in-depth exploration of the Scope of Practice Standards for RNs with a focus on:

  • Acting within autonomous scope of practice
  • Acting with client specific orders
  • Giving clients specific orders  

Your increased knowledge will enhance your understanding and ability to apply BCCNM's standards, limits and conditions related​​ to scope of practice as it pertains to your own practice setting and competence.

Full mo​​d​​ule

Mini mo​​​dules




Understanding scope learning resources​ (PDF)

Understanding scope workbook​ (PDF) 

Working with students (BScN students)

Whether working with students as learners or as Employed Students Nurses (ESNs), RNs already supervise students in both these roles. However, nurses in education and clinical settings have asked for more clarity around RN and NP responsibilities. Therefore, the Regulatory Supervision and Employed Student Registrant Practice Standards were introduced to define these responsibilities. These practice standards help everyone understand their role when working with student learners and ESNs. It guides the process nurses choose to use with students and clarifies their accountabilities. To help put these new Standards into practice, we produced the Working with Students learning module.

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