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These scope of practice standards outline the requirements for registered psychiatric nurses providing client care in the following ways: 

There are four levels of control on nu​rsing practice, known as the controls on practice. These include the Nurses (Registered Psychiatric) Regulation; BCCNM standards of practice including standards, limits, and conditions; organizational policies and restrictions; and the registered psychiatric nurse's individual competence.

Registered psychiatric nurses may provide care to clients by:​

  • acting within autonomous scope of practice when carrying out:

    • non-restricted activities, and

    • restricted activities within section 6 (restricted activities that do not require an order) of the the Nurses (Registered Psychiatric) Regulation​​​.  

  • acting on a client-specif​ic order from a listed health professional for a restricted activity included in section 7 (with an order) of the Nurses (Registered Psychiatric) Regulation.  

  • acting on a client-specific order from a non-listed health professional for an activity that is within the registered psychiatric nurse’s autonomous scope of practice and the nurse’s individual competence

  • giving a client-specific order for an activity within autonomous scope of practice and the registered psychiatric nurse’s individual competen​​​ce ​

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