BCCNM has transitioned from using the term
care. This better aligns with current healthcare terminology and evidence.
Virtual care is a way nurses can provide and deliver services and care to clients remotely using technology to communicate. As with any other practice setting, nurses providing virtual care services are expected to meet the BCCNM's standards of practice.
Virtual care technologies include the use of telephone and cell phone communication, email, video and audio conferencing, instant messaging (e.g., texting, online chat.)
The previous BCCNM Telehealth practice standard was
rescinded March 1, 2021.
Nurses practicing in B.C. must be registered with BCCNM. BCCNM’s relevant nursing scope of practice and standards apply to nurses and must be followed when providing virtual care services to clients. Nurses considering providing virtual care services to clients located outside B.C. are responsible for contacting the jurisdiction where the client is located as there may be additional requirements, limits, or conditions to consider.
At present, nurses located outside of B.C. must hold active practice registration in good standing with their respective Canadian jurisdiction in order to provide virtual care services to B.C. clients.
In 2022, BCCNM expects to implement the requirement that nurses providing nursing or midwifery virtual care to B.C. clients have registration in good standing with BCCNM.
Nurses engaged in virtual care are responsible and accountable for the nursing services provided to clients. Even though the format for providing care may be different, their responsibilities in meeting BCCNM’s regulatory requirements and Standards of Practice remain unchanged. They must also follow their employer’s policies related to virtual care.
Nurses working in independent practice will need to ensure the technology they will be using complies with applicable legal and professional requirements and that they understand its limitations.
Use of Title practice standard