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CRNBC Board approves revised NP scope standards

posted June 21, 2018

The CRNBC board on June 15, 2018, approved revisions to three nurse practitioner scope of practice standards. These revised standards will come into effect July 23, 2018.


Prescribing drugs

  • reduction of drug-specific limits
  • removal of duplicative content in the standards
  • update of  limits and conditions (e.g. cancer drug treatment, antiretroviral therapy for HIV infection)
  • removal of limit on diacetylmorphine in response to federal changes to the New Classes of Practitioners Regulations
  • addition of methadone for analgesia prescribing authority  with education and preceptorship conditions

Physician consultation and referral

  • update and replace references to "physician" with "health care professional"
  • add standards setting  the expectations for nurse practitioners who provide consultations or receive referrals

Opioid agonist treatment prescribing for opioid use d​isorder

  • removal of content related to the Section 56 exemption requirement in response to federal changes to the Narcotic Control Regulations

The revised standards can be reviewed here. They will be incorporated into the Scope of Practice for Nurse Practitioners: Standards, Limits, Conditions, and this revised NP Scope of Practice document will be published July 23, 2018.




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