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Reporting requirements & recordkeeping

At registration renewal

What should nurses do before registration renewal?

To prepare for registration renewal, we recommend nurses review the professional standards relevant to their designation, and then the self-assessment questionnaire relevant to their practice.

Nurses answer these self-assessment questions as part of their registration renewal—right in the renewal form, in fact—but many nurses find it helpful to review the questions in advance, reflect on their practice, and where they'd like to focus their professional development for next year.  Nurses, as part of meeting their annual quality assurance requirements, should also have sought peer feedback on their practice and developed and evaluated a PD plan.

Do nurses have to submit anything to BCCNP?

No. Nurses report the information BCCNP needs during registration renewal, so they don't need to worry about sending or submitting anything to the college.

Nurses must keep records of your QA activities (i.e., peer feedback you receive, professional development plans), should BCCNP ask to see them in the future (see below).

What happens after nurses renew their registration?

Once nurses have renewed their registration, they can begin their QA activities for the upcoming year. Using their self-assessment as a guide, they seek feedback from peers and colleagues.

They'll then create a professional development plan, considering the areas they identified for improvement from their self-assessment and peer feedback.

During registration renewal 2020, all nurses will complete a self-assessment questionnaire based on their Professional Standards as part of registration renewal. At renewal, RNs, RPNs and NPs will also be asked:

  • In the past year, did you obtain peer feedback about your practice?
  • In the past year, did you develop and implement a professional development plan based on your self-assessment and peer feedback?
  • In the past year, did you evaluate the impact of the previous year's learning on your practice?

BCCNP-certified practice nurses will also be asked:

  • In the past year, did you practise in your certified practice area?
  • In the past year, did you complete at least one learning activity related to your certified practice area?

Nurse practitioners will also be asked:

NPs have additional QA requirements. In addition to answering the personal practice review questions, during renewal, NPs will be asked to:

  • indicate the focus of their critical review of client documentation, and
  • list the professional development activities they undertook in the past year.

Non-practising nurses

Once they have renewed their registration (non-practising status), nurses who hold non-practising status will be expected to:

  • develop and implement a professional development plan; and
  • evaluate the impact of their professional development plan on their practice

Nurses will also be asked to report on their practice hours during registration renewal.

 Additional resource


All practising registrants interested in QA support are encouraged to contact us