Expanding nurses' scope of practice

TitleExpanding nurses' scope of practice
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsPringle D
JournalNursing leadership (Toronto, Ont.)
ISBN Number1910-622X
KeywordsClinical Competence - legislation & jurisprudence, Curriculum - trends, Diploma Programs - legislation & jurisprudence, Diploma Programs - trends, Education, Nursing, Nursing Assessment - legislation & jurisprudence, Nursing Assessment - trends, Nursing Diagnosis - legislation & jurisprudence, Nursing Diagnosis - trends, Nursing Process - legislation & jurisprudence, Nursing Process - trends

On April 9, 2009, the government of British Columbia announced that it was expanding the scope of practice of registered nurses, midwives and naturopathic physicians in the province. From now on, RNs will be able to independently provide a broader range of health services including suturing, tuberculosis screening and managing labour in hospital when the primary care provider is absent. Registered nurses working triage will now be able to immediately order diagnostic ultrasounds and X-rays. Additionally, registered nurses will be able to dispense or administer prescription medications in urgent situations including severe allergic reaction, drug overdose, post-partum bleeding and for communicable disease prevention and management. (British Columbia 2009) It is important to point out that it is RNs, not nurse practitioners, who will have these additional capacities.