Nurses with the BCCNM certified practice designation have completed additional education, have specialized knowledge and skills, and are registered to practice in one or more certified practice areas.
Scope of Practice for Registered Psychiatric Nurses: Standards, Limits, Conditions
Certified practice (CP) is a term used to describe a distinct BCCNM nursing designation for RNs and RPNs. Registered psychiatric nurses who obtain the BCCNM-certified practice designation have an expanded scope of practice and are authorized to carry out activities in Section 6, 7, and 7.1 of the Regulation, if they meet BCCNM standards, limits, and conditions.
CP RPNs practice autonomously to diagnose and treat clients in the Opioid Use Disorder practice area following certified practice decision support tools (DSTs). RPNs with the certified practice designation use the title Registered Psychiatric Nurse (Certified) or RPN(C).
Being certified in the OUD certified practice area does not authorize RPNs to provide care in any of the other certified practice areas.
RPN(C)s are authorized to provide care only in the OUD certified practice area.
To maintain the certified practice designation, CP nurses meet the Certified Practice annual
quality assurance requirements.
Note that gaining certification through an association (e.g., Canadian Nursing Association) or another agency is
not the same as the BCCNM certified practice designation and
does not allow a nurse to practice in a certified practice area or to use the certified practice title.
Certified practice activities are the restricted activities laid out in Limits and Conditions for Certified Practice of the RPN Scope of Practice standard. It is important to be familiar with the limits and conditions that must be met when practicing in the OUD practice area.
The DSTs mentioned earlier set the parameters for certified practice activities—only those activities included in the DSTs are authorized. DSTs for Certified Practice Opioid Use Disorder are maintained by the BC Centre on Substance Use and can be
accessed through their website.
Prescribing is an activity that only nurses with the Opioid Use Disorder certified practice designation are authorized to carry out.
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Obtaining the BCCNM certified practice designation expands upon the core competencies of a nurse in the opioid use disorder practice area. It is recommended that you discuss with your workplace if you are thinking of pursuing the certified practice designation. The certified practice designation is not appropriate for those seeking to be self-employed.
RNs and RPNs who complete certification can diagnose and treat OUD, including the prescribing of controlled drugs and substances.
Also, they can issue orders that non-certified practice nurses can act on to compound, dispense, and administer drugs to clients for the treatment of OUD.
To become a Certified Practice RPN in Opioid Use Disorder, you must:
Medication practice standard
Course review guidelines
For further guidance on understanding and applying the standards of
practice, contact our team by completing the Standards Support intake form.