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You've got questions? We've got an​​​swers!

In fact, thanks to the great feedback from nurses, we're adding FAQs to this site regularly.

If you can't find the information you're looking for, drop us a line and we'll be glad to help.​

As a new grad, how do I meet the quality assurance requirements?

The first time you renew your practising registration, you'll complete a self-assessment questionnaire, and be asked whether you have completed a professional development plan, obtained peer feedback and evaluated your progress. You must complete these requirements in order to be granted practising registration status.

As a new grad, you can still meet the quality assurance requirements even if you're not yet working. Your self-assessment is the first step towards creating a professional development plan that will help you in your new or future employment. Think about what you'll need to learn in a new job and evaluate your progress throughout the year.

Feedback is something you'll have received in your nursing program; in a new job, it helps to plan how you'll incorporate this as a part of your transition to practice. You can also consider the feedback you received from your last clinical placement experience.
We encourage you to review the resources in the QA section of the site, and also the QA Learning Module.

What does BCCNP do with my quality assurance data?

Your quality assurance data, including your responses to the self-assessment questionnaire, is confidential, and for your use only.

The college reviews the aggregate data to identify trends in the responses from all nurses in the province, and uses it to improve our programs and resources.

Any information you provide to the Quality Assurance Program is protected by the confidentiality provisions outlined in section 26.2 of the Health Professions Act.

What if circumstances out of my control affect my ability to meet the Standards, e.g., my practice environment?

You are accountable and responsible for providing the best care possible under the circumstances. In this situation, setting priorities, communicating and collaborating with others, and documenting the issues through your employer processes may be the best that you can do.

It's important to know that you may still be meeting the Standards of Practice, even in situations where you cannot deliver optimal client care. These situations are usually beyond an individual nurse's control and often require a systems level approach for resolution.

Do my answers to the self-assessment questionnaire affect my ability to renew my registration?

The self-assessment questionnaire is a tool to assist you to reflect on your practice, relative to the Professional Standards, and identify opportunities for professional development. Your responses are for your personal use and will not impact your BCCNP status. We do ask that you take the time to carefully consider the questions and apply them in a meaningful way to your area of practice.

Does debriefing count as feedback required by the Quality Assurance program?
Yes, provided confidentiality of patient information is maintained, debriefing is an excellent way to get feedback on your practice. Feedback doesn't always have to be formal to be a benefit. We often wonder if how we acted in certain circumstances was OK, and feedback helps us assess and learn.
I held practising registration last year, but I didn’t work for the full year. How can I answer “yes” to the peer feedback question during registration renewal?

Seeking and receiving peer feedback is currently a requirement to renew practising registration status.

This can be challenging if you held practising registration but worked a small number of hours, or for only part of the year , e.g. you were on maternity leave, LOA or medical leave. In cases like this we ask that you think about your most recent practice experience and various types of feedback that you may have received.

Feedback is generally most useful when it comes from someone who knows your practice well, but can also come from clients, a discussion with your educator or a meeting with your manager. If you are returning to work, we ask that you plan to seek feedback on the areas you’ve identified in your professional development plan.