Legislation and Regulation

Legislation Governing Registered Nurses in Certified Practice

The Health Professions Act and the Nurses (Registered) and Nurse Practitioners Regulation provide for the certified practice of registered nurses (RN) who successfully complete a certified practice course and evaluation approved by the College of Registered Nurses of BC (CRNBC) and who apply to the CRNBC for certified practice designation.

CRNBC Bylaws made under the Health Professions Act set out the duties and membership of  CRNBC Certified Practices Approval committee and establish:

  • Certified practice categories 
  • Requirements for initial certification and maintenance of certification

Certified registered nurses use the title registered nurse (certified) or RN(C) and have an expanded scope of practice in one or more of three practice areas: Remote Nursing, Reproductive Health - Contraceptive Management, and Reproductive Health - Sexually Transmitted Infections.

The Laboratory Services Act and Laboratory Services Regulation authorizes registered nurses in certified practice (RN(C)) to independently refer eligible Medical Services Plan (MSP) beneficiaries for a selected menu of laboratory tests approved as within scope by the CRNBC.