for REGISTERED NURSES
S TA N D A R DS LIMITS CO N D I T I O N S
Scope of Practice
FOR REGISTERED NURSES
Scope of Practice for Registered Nurses
This document contains information about scope of practice* for registered nurses (includes licensed graduate nurses) and nurse practitioners in British Columbia. It also includes important information for registered nurses related to scope of practice that is established by the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC). The scope of practice for registered nurses and nurse practitioners in British Columbia is set out in the Nurses (Registered) and Nurse Practitioners Regulation under the Health Professions Act. Additional scope of practice information is included in CRNBC’s Bylaws and Standards of Practice. The purpose of this document is to: • Explain the Regulation and those parts of the Health Professions Act that have an impact on scope of practice for registered nurses • Set out CRNBC standards, limits and conditions related to scope of practice • Explain the restricted activities for registered nurses that are outlined in the Regulation • Explain delegation as it applies under the Health Professions Act and CRNBC Standards of Practice. Information in this document is subject to change as CRNBC policy is revised or legislation is amended. CRNBC registrants will be notified of changes.
Revised April 2010 Revised July 2010
Terms defined in the Glossary (Appendix 4) are highlighted in bold type in this document the first time they appear.
C R N B C STA N DA R DS O F P R A C T I CE
CRNBC is responsible under the Health Professions Act for setting standards of practice for its registrants. CRNBC Standards include: • Professional Standards • Practice Standards • Scope of Practice Standards, Limits and Conditions These can be found on the CRNBC website www.crnbc.ca
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