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Certified Practice

CRNBC-certified practices are carried out independently and the RN is solely accountable for the diagnosis and treatment of the client.

RNs who successfully complete a certified practice course and evaluation approved by CRNBC must then apply to CRNBC for certified-practice designation. In addition, to remain on the register, nurses must annually meet the continuing competence requirements for certified practice.

With CRNBC-certification an RN can diagnose some diseases and disorders and carry out some restricted activities independently that would otherwise require an order.

Categories of certified practice:

  • Remote Nursing Practice — these RNs work in communities where there is no resident physician or nurse practitioner. Physicians or nurse practitioners visit the community periodically and are available to provide consultation to the registered nurse. 
  • Reproductive Health, Contraceptive Management — these RNs work in a variety of health care settings providing safe assessment, provision and management of Combined Hormonal Contraception (CHC) and Progestin-only Hormonal Contraception (POC).
  • Reproductive Health, Sexually Transmitted Infections — RNs with this certified practice designation diagnose and treat various sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
  • RN First Call — These RNs are commonly seen in small acute care hospitals, diagnostic and treatment centres and other settings where there is physician or Nurse Practitioner (NP) service available in the community.
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