These scope of practice standards outline the requirements for registered psychiatric nurses providing client care in the following ways:
Acting within autonomous scope of practice
Acting with client-specific orders
Giving client-specific orders
There are four levels of control on nursing 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-specific 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 competence
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