Amendments to MAID legislation

On March 17, 2021, amendments to the medical assistance in dying (MAID) provisions in the Criminal Code were enacted and are now in force. The amendments include several changes to the eligibility criteria and procedural safeguards.

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April Webinar: Nursing Across Jurisdictions

The changing needs of the healthcare system has increased the number of nurses who practice across jurisdictions, whether through virtual care or in-person. As services can be provided as an employee or through self-employment, there are unique legal considerations related to a multi-jurisdictional practice to be aware of. This webinar will look at licensing requirements,…

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Are you considering a career in cosmetic nursing?

Private clinics and spas continue to actively recruit nurses to assist with cosmetic procedures. Positions offered to registered nurses can range from administering dermal filler injections or botulism toxin, commonly known as Botox, to providing surgical nursing services if surgical procedures are performed at the clinic. At times, nurse practitioners may be asked to serve…

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Are you Transitioning from Another Professional Liability Insurance (PLI) Program?

If you previously acquired your professional liability protection pursuant to a claims-made policy or through a commercial PLI provider, your earlier protection may no longer apply to claims arising from past events. The CNPS recommends that you speak with a Legal Advisor to determine if there could be a gap in protection that could be bridged through retroactive protection.

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Ask a Lawyer: Delegation and assignment

I am the charge nurse at a medical inpatient unit of a hospital. I work with registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) but now the hospital has announced there will be a health-care aide (HCA) on our unit. She will be replacing one of the LPNs. As the charge nurse, I will have…

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Ask a lawyer: Documentation of late entries

Question 1: Do late entries hold the same weight in court as multiple small timely entries? Answer: A late entry is one which is not made as soon as possible after an event has occurred. It is required when it is not possible to document at the time of or immediately following an event, or…

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BC College to transition CNPS jurisdictional membership to the provincial nursing association

On September 1, 2020, the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) was established and became Canada’s first combined regulator of nurses and midwives. As such, in an effort to continue to focus on their regulatory work and create alignment between the professions they regulate, BCCNM has decided to transfer the CNPS jurisdictional membership to the provincial nursing association, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC…

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Celebrating Nurse Practitioners’ Week!

It’s Nurse Practitioners’ (NP) Week! During this special week, we celebrate the contributions that nurse practitioners make across Canadian communities. Thank you, NPs, for your compassion and professionalism when caring for your communities. The meaningful impact you make with patients and other healthcare workers does not go unnoticed. The CNPS offers a range of legal…

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