Scope of Practice for Regisers Nurses

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Scope of Practice
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
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College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia

Scope of Practice
FOR REGISTERED NURSES

Part 1

The Basis for Scope of Practice

What the Regulation Covers
The Nurses (Registered) and Nurse Practitioners Regulation sets out, among other things: 1. Reserved titles for nurses 2. A scope of practice statement 3. Restricted activities for registered nurses and nurse practitioners RESERVED TITLES CRNBC registrants can use the following reserved titles: • Registered nurse • Licensed graduate nurse • Nurse “Nurse practitioner” is also a reserved title under the Regulation. Only registered nurses who are registered with CRNBC in the nurse practitioner category can use the title “nurse practitioner” or “registered nurse practitioner.” More information about reserved titles can be found in the CRNBC Bylaws and the Practice Standard Appropriate Use of Titles by Nurses available at www.crnbc.ca SCOPE OF PRACTICE Scope of practice refers to the activities that registered nurses are educated and authorized to perform. These activities are established through the legislated definition of nursing practice and are complemented by standards, limits and conditions set by CRNBC. The Regulation states that registrants of CRNBC may practise nursing. Nursing is defined as the health profession in which a person

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