Remote Nursing Certified Practice: Viewing Nursing and Nurse Practitioner Practice Through a Social Justice Lens

Denise S. Tarlier, Annette J. Browne

Abstract


Remote Nursing Certified Practice (RNCP) was introduced in 2010 to regulate nursing practice in remote, largely First Nations communities in British Columbia, Canada. These are communities that often experience profound health and health-care inequities. Typically nurses are the main health-care providers. Using a critical social justice lens, the authors explore the clinical and ethical implications of RNCP in terms of access to equitable, high-quality primary health care. They examine the fit between the level and scope of health services provided by registered nurses working under RNCP and the health needs of remote First Nations communities. In doing so, they draw comparisons between nurse practitioners (NPs) and outpost nurses working in NP roles who historically were employed to provide health care in these communities. The authors conclude by calling for nursing regulations that support equitable, high-quality primary care for all British Columbians.

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