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Part 1: The basis for scope of practice

​​Purpose of document

On December 3, 2015, the Nu​​rses (Registered Psychiatric) Regulation came into effect. Throughout this document the new regulation is referred to as the “Regulation."

The purpose of this document is to:

  • Explain the Regulation and those parts of the Health Professions Act that affect RPN scope of practice for registered psychiatric nurses (“RPNs").
  • Set out BCCNM RPN standards, limits and conditions related to RPN scope of practice.
  • Explain restricted activities for RPNs.
  • Explain delegation as it applies under the Health Professions Act and pursuant to BCCNM RPN practice standards.

The scope of practice for RPNs is set out in the Regulation under the Health Professions Act. RPN scope of practice is further clarified in this document (including limits and conditions) and the following BCCNM documents:

As BCCNM policy is revised or legislation is amended, BCCNM registrants will be notified of changes to this document.​ ​​​

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