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Procedures below body surfaces

Section 7: Restricted activities that require an order

​​Nurses (Registered Psychiatric) Regulation, section 7(1)(a):

A registrant in the course of practising psychiatric nursing may perform a procedure on tissue below the dermis or below the surface of a mucous membrane.

BCCNM Limits and ​​​​Conditions


RPNs must s​​uccessfully complete additional education before carrying out:

  • Suturing of sk​in lacerations
  • Conservative sharp wound debridement
  • Negative pressure wound therapy
  • Biological debridement therapy
  • Compression therapy
​RPNs must successfully complete additional education to carry out peritoneal dialysis.
RPNs are limited to taking blood with short devices or from existing peripheral venous access devices.
RPNs are limited to using short peripheral venous devices to establish intravenous access.
RPNs must successfully complete additional education to carry out venipuncture and to establish intravenous access.
At this time RPNs must not take blood for the purpose of donation​.

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