The changes to RN scope of practice include one new and two revised scope of practice standards. We've made some language changes and introduced a new concept—giving client-specific orders.
Review the three scope standards:
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For the purposes of these scope of practice standards, the "RN Regulation" refers to the
Nurses (Registered) and Nurse Practitioners Regulation which applies to registered nurses, licensed graduate nurses and nurse practitioners in British Columbia.
Organizations establish processes, supports and resources such as policies, procedures and decision support tools to ensure that nurses meet the standards of practice set out by CRNBC.
These scope of practice standards outline the requirements for nurses when they are providing client care in the following ways:
Depending on the
controls on practice, including the RN Regulation,
autonomous scope of practice, organizational policies and restrictions, and the nurse’s individual competence, nurses may provide care to clients by:
An "order" is any instruction or authorization given by a regulated health professional to provide care for a specific client, whether or not the care or service includes any restricted activity.
Orders can include instructions that set out the usual care for a particular client group or client problem and are made client-specific by the ordering regulated health professional.
The order must:
Once given, orders may be transcribed in other documents such as a client care plan.
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