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Acting with client-specific orders

Part 2: Scope of practice standards

Acting with client-specific orders

Standards for acting with client-specific orders

Applying the standards for acting with client-specific orders

A nurse may act on a client-specific order given by a listed or non-listed regulated health professionals.

A "listed health professional" is a health professional1, who is regulated, and authorized by the RN Regulation to give orders for the performance of activities listed in section 7. Listed health professionals are dentists, midwives, naturopaths, physicians, podiatrists, pharmacists, certified practice Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners.

Acting with a client-specific order from a listed health professional

Acting with a client-specific order from a listed health professional

A "non-listed health professional" is a regulated health professional that is not listed within the RN Regulation. Non-listed health professionals have specialized competence within their profession’s autonomous scope of practice and within their own individual competence that allows them to assess a client and to design or recommend care appropriate for the client’s condition.  Examples of non-listed health professionals include physiotherapists, dietitians, occupational therapists, wound care nurse-clinicians, registered psychiatric nurses, registered nurses (who are not certified practice registered nurses or nurse practitioners) and psychologists. Some examples of orders given by non-listed health professionals include orders for enteral feeds, mobilization plans, group therapy approaches or wound management.

Standards for acting with client-specific orders

Applying the standards for acting with client-specific orders

Footnotes

1 A listed health professional must be registered to practise in British Columbia, except where the client has been transferred from Alberta, Yukon or the Northwest Territories for emergency treatment in British Columbia. In addition, an order for a Registered Nurse or Licensed Graduate Nurse to cast a fracture of a bone may only ever be given by a physician or Nurse Practitioner who is registered in British Columbia.
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