Standards for Prescribing standards, limits, and conditions set foundational requirements for current and future scope of practice prescribing by RPNs. These Standards for Prescribing apply when RPNs prescribe a medication to be dispensed to or for an individual client or give a client-specific order for a medication to be administered to, or dispensed to or for, an individual client.
prescribes when they authorize another health professional to dispense a specified medication for use by a specific client.
The nurse who prescribes assumes full responsibility and accountability for issuing the prescription or giving the order; however, risk to the client is reduced by having at least two health professionals involved in the medication-related activity to ensure the appropriateness of the medication for the client and assess any risks.
RPNs who prescribe medications must comply with the following standards:
as well as any other BCCNM standards, limits or conditions applicable to the situation.
Nurses require supports and resources to support safe prescribing. There are governmental, organizational, and regulatory pieces that need to be developed and put in place before RNs/RPNs can begin prescribing. These include:
As well, there are several steps that nurses must ensure are in place before they prescribe:
Since prescribing is not an entry level competency, additional education needs to include basic prescribing competencies. BCCNM does not determine or develop the education needed for nurses to safely prescribe in their practice. Organizations/employers are in the best position to determine the specific client populations and settings for RN/RPN prescribing. Therefore, your organization/employer will provide guidance on the required additional education for prescribing, including identifying the necessary competencies for safe prescribing. Organizations/employers will also determine the condition for which the medication is prescribed as well as the medication to be prescribed.
It is difficult to say when the education will be in place to support RPN prescribing. We are committed to keeping you informed about this process.
Per the regulations, RPNs can prescribe Schedule II medications and a limited number of Schedule I medications.
However, organizational/employer policies may limit medications you can prescribe at their organization. Note, organizations/employers cannot expand your scope beyond that of the regulations or BCCNM standards, limits and conditions.
cannot prescribe dermal fillers.