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  • Her sister needs nursing care. Should she provide it?

    Case study: Ling's sister is being discharged from hospital and will need nursing care at home. Ling, an RN, knows her family will want her to be involved in her care. But would it be the best approach for everyone involved?

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It's renewal time!​​

​One Nurse Regulator: Expression of Interest​ new!
Feb. 6, 2017

Reminder: Registrant library services end
Feb. 28, 2017
Feb. 3, 2017

One nursing regulator survey results​​ 
Jan. 30, 2017

BC’s opioid overdose crisis and nurses:
Is my licence at risk?

Jan. 10, 2017​


Call for late resolutions​  new! ​ 
Feb. 23, 2017

Proposed bylaw amendments: NP provisional registration   new! 
Feb. 20, 2017​​

Proposed bylaw amendment: Board
May 5, 2015​

Notice: Laurie Tinkham not authorized
to practise in B.C.
Feb. 10, 2017​​

Former registrant David Stallcup
faces criminal charges
Feb. 6, 2017​​

Notice of suspension: ​Jonathan Brereton 
Jan. 25, 2017​​​

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Learn about what's new for 2017-18 registration renewal

The deadline to renew is Feb. 28, 2017.

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Taking pictures of clients: is it ever OK?


Wendy, an outreach nurse, is relieved to catch up with Jack, her last client of the day. She’s concerned about a series of ulcerated sores on his right arm.

Knowing she'll be away for the next two weeks, Wendy's concerned about follow-up for Jack. It will be hard for another nurse to assess whether the sores have deteriorated or improved without having previously seen them.

Wendy decides to take a picture of the sores with her personal phone and text it to the nurses caring for Jack in her absence. Is that OK?

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Frequently Asked Question

Working with students


What are my responsibilities if I am providing regulatory supervision and the student does something that causes harm?


Your first responsibility is ensuring client safety. Take the necessary actions to manage client outcomes and get assistance as needed.

As the RN providing regulatory supervision, you’re accountable for using your professional judgement when deciding to authorize student activities. This includes minimizing risks to the client by planning for situations you can reasonably expect might occur. You’re not accountable for those situations you could not foresee.

Employers are responsible for providing workplace resources so that nurses can meet standards. Education programs and placement agencies have agreements related to student liability. You are responsible for following your employer’s policy and practicing to CRNBC Standards.

You’ll find more information about the regulatory supervision process and your responsibilities in the Regulatory Supervision of Nursing Student Activities practice standard.

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