An interim Patient Care Assessment Process (Interim PCAP) tool has been developed and implemented under the guidance of the panel convened to assist the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) and the Nurses' Bargaining Association (NBA) in the process. Resources to support the Interim PCAP tool are now available for BCNU members. This interim process is in place while development continues on a final PCAP tool.Article 60 of the NBA Collective Agreement provides for a collaborative direct patient care assessment process at the health authorities and Providence Health Care to support the determination of immediate (short-term) direct patient care staffing requirements.The Interim PCAP has been implemented as outlined in the Interim PCAP Process and Guide and will be used to determine when the Working Short Premium will be paid, in accordance with Article 28.04.The Interim PCAP form is to be used by the in-charge nurse and manager/designate to document the assessment of nurse staffing needs on a shift-by-shift basis.The End-of-Shift Question form must be completed by each point-of-care nurse on the unit. This form is a requirement of the interim process and is considered to be a part of the assessment tool. The form is intended to assist the manager/designate and the in-charge nurse in determining whether patient/resident/client care needs can be met with the current staffing complement.A new PCAP education module has been developed for members. Members are encouraged to review the module and the new Interim PCAP FAQ.Learn more about the interim PCAP process and access the new resources on BCNU’s Interim Patient Care Assessment Process (PCAP) web page.If you have any questions or concerns regarding this interim process, please contact your worksite steward or Regional Council Member.
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