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Updates to midwife and NP QA

Dec 5, 2023

BCCNM board rescinds RM CPD policy & scoring framework, updates requirements

The BCCNM board on Nov. 30, 2023, rescinded the registered midwife Continuing Professional Development (CPD) policy and scoring framework, and approved new requirements that better align with the college's quality assurance (QA) requirements for nurses and nurse practitioners.

Beginning Feb. 1, 2024, midwives will need to set, complete, and evaluate a minimum of two learning goals a year. Midwives may use in-progress activities as part of the current 36-month CPD cycle towards these goals.

Continuing professional development is a lifelong learning process that involves reflecting on performance, identifying opportunities for improvement, engaging in learning activities, and developing and implementing a professional development (PD) or learning plan.

This shift ensures a fair, sustainable, and evidence-informed approach to CPD that aligns with the strategic direction and regulatory philosophy underpinning BCCNM programs.


Change to NP QA ​requirements

Effective Feb. 1, 2024, nurse practitioners will no longer be required to choose professional development (PD) activities from a pre-determined list. Rather, they will set, complete, and evaluate a minimum of two learning goals a year. NPs are encouraged to use information from their self-assessment and peer feedback and need to evaluate the impact of this learning on their practice.


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