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​​​​​​Note: The c​​ontent on this page is the same for LPNs, NPs, RNs, and RPNs.​​ Some of the resources are designation-specific.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Introduction​​

BCCNM has transitioned from usin​​​g the term telehealth to virtual care. This better aligns with current healthcare terminology and evidence.

Virtual care is a way nurses can provide and deliver services and care to clients remotely using technology to communicate.  As with any other practice setting, nurses providing virtual care services are expected to meet the BCCNM's standards of practice.

Virtual care technologies include the use of telephone and cell phone communication, email, video and audio conferencing, instant messaging (e.g., texting, online chat.)

Nurses and midwives registered or licensed in other jurisdictions must be registered with BCCNM to practice as a nurse or midwife in B.C., whether providing services in-person or using a virtual care method.​​

FAQs

I’m a nurse registered in B.C. and providing virtual care to clients in B.C. What do I need to know? 

BCCNM’s relevant nursing scope of practice and standards apply to B.C. nurses when providing virtual care services to clients.

I’m a nurse registered in B.C. and providing virtual care to clients outside of B.C. What do I need to know? 

BCCNM’s relevant nursing scope of practice and standards apply to B.C. nurses when providing virtual care services to clients. Nurses registered in B.C. providing virtual care services to clients located outside B.C. are responsible for contacting the relevant nurse regulatory body in the jurisdiction (province, territory or other country) where the client is located as there may be additional requirements, limits, or conditions to consider.

I’m a nurse in another Canadian jurisdiction and want to provide care to clients in B.C. What do I need to know?  ​

Nurses registered or licenced in other jurisdictions must be registered with BCCNM to practice as a nurse or midwife in B.C., whether providing services in-person or using a virtual care method.

BCCNM recommends that nurses contact their liability insurance provider and their regulatory body.

I have been asked to provide virtual care nursing services. What BCCNM standards do I need to consider?

B.C. nurses engaged in virtual care are responsible and accountable for the nursing services provided to clients. Even though the format for providing care may be different, their responsibilities in meeting BCCNM’s regulatory requirements and Standards of Practice remain unchanged. They must also follow their employer’s policies related to virtual care.

B.C. nurses working in independent practice will need to ensure the technology they will be using complies with applicable legal and professional requirements and that they understand its limitations.

​​​​​Questions​?​​

Email practice@bccnm.ca.​