Module 1: Professional Accountability and Prescribing
Provincial Legislation and Regulations
The Registered Nurses Act (2008) governs the practice of nursing for RNs and NPs, including management of controlled drugs and substances within the specific role.
In addition, the Narcotics Safety and Awareness Act was issued in September 2013. This predates NP authority to prescribe controlled drugs and substances in the province but has valuable information that applies to all prescribers.
Prescriptive authority for NPs is defined within these legislative documents.
NP practice in BC is also defined by the Nurses (Registered) and Nurse Practitioners Regulation under the Health Professions Act.
The Registered Nurses Association of Northwest Territories and Nunavut Practice and Prescriptive Guidelines for Nurse Practitioners (2014) defines NP prescriptive authority.