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Nurse practitioners


Under BCCNP’s quality assurance bylaws, every practising and provisional NP registrant is required to make an annual personal practice review declaration as a condition of renewing their registration.

Registrants will be required to declare that they have met all of the following requirements within the previous one-year period:

Practising NP requirements

Nurse practitioners who have worked as an NP in the previous year must meet the following quality assurance requirements:

Nurse practitioners meet additional quality assurance requirements stemming from the legislated scope of nurse practitioner practice. The scope of nurse practitioner practice includes diagnosis of diseases, authority to order diagnostic tests, treatment of diseases, and authority to prescribe. ​

Non-practising NP requirements

Nurse practitioners who have not worked as an NP in the previous year must meet the following quality assurance requirements:

Nurse practitioners meet additional quality assurance requirements stemming from the legislated scope of nurse practitioner practice. The scope of nurse practitioner practice includes diagnosis of diseases, authority to order diagnostic tests, treatment of diseases, and authority to prescribe. ​

Meeting the deadline

Registrants who do not complete these requirements before Feb. 28, 2019, and are therefore unable to provide the required annual personal practice review declaration, will not be eligible to renew their practising or provisional registration, and their BCCNP registration will expire March 1, 2019. Working as a nurse without current registratio​​n is against the law and has professional and financial consequences. 

All registrants are reminded that providing a false declaration constitutes professional misconduct.

Recordkeeping

Registrants are expected to keep adequate supporting records to document their compliance with the annual personal practice review requirement (and other requirements of BCCNP's quality assurance program) for at least five years after the end of each calendar year, in accordance with section 302 of BCCNP's bylaws.

These records may be subject to audit by BCCNP under section 303 of the bylaws, and the Quality Assurance Committee may require a registrant to submit information under section 304 of the bylaws to verify their compliance with the personal practice review requirement (and/or other requirements of BCCNP's quality assurance program).

Details of the personal practice review requirement for NPs are outlined in BCCNP Bylaws Part 6, sections 330.