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Changing your registration status during renewal


​Leaving practice/maternity leave

If you are currently a practising registrant and will be taking a leave (or maternity leave) from nursing in 2020,​ your options depend on your return-to-work date.

Important:

  • ​If your leave from practice/maternity leave starts AFTER March 1, 2020, you must renew. After your leave starts, you can apply for a pro-rated refund on your registration fees.
  • You do not need to convert to non-practising registration while you are on leave. 
  • The process to reinstate to practising registration is the same, regardless of whether you hold non-practising registration or you let your registration lapse.​ 
  • After March 1, 2020, the reinstatement application fee will be $225+GST. Scroll down for more details about the reinstatement process.

 If you are an RN leaving practice before March 1, 2020 and returning to work:

BEFORE August 31, 2020
  • ​If you are an RN and will be returning to practice before August 31, 2020, your most economical option is to renew your registration before February 28, 2020. 
  • While there is no requirement for you to maintain your registration while on leave, you will pay more if you let your registration lapse and reinstate (your pro-rated registration fee + a $225+GST reinstatement application fee). 

View the RN leaving practice decision tree​

ON or AFTER August 31, 2020
  • ​If you are an RN and will be returning to practice on or after August 31, 2020, your most economical option is to let your registration lapse.
  • The money you will save will offset the cost of reinstating your registration when you are ready to return to work.
  • There is no BCCNP requirement for you to maintain your registration while on leave (check with your employer for specific requirements if going on disability).  ​​

View the RN leaving practice decision tree​

 If you are an NP leaving practice before March 1, 2020 and returning to work:

BEFORE June 30, 2020
  • ​If you are an NP​ and will be returning to practice before June 30, 2020, your most economical option is to renew your registration before February 28, 2020. 
  • While there is no requirement for you to maintain your registration while on leave, you will pay more if you let your registration lapse and reinstate (your pro-rated registration fee + a $225+GST reinstatement application fee). ​​
  • If you are considering converting to non-practising, please review the NP: leaving nursing practice page for things to consider, including the loss of your prescribing authority (including refills on existing perscriptions).

View the NP leaving practice decision tree​

On or AFTER June 30, 2020
  • ​​If you are an NP and will be returning to practice on or after August 31, 2020, your most economical option is to let your registration lapse.
  • The money you will save will offset the cost of reinstating your registration when you are ready to return to work.
  • There is no BCCNP requirement for you to maintain your registration while on leave (check with your employer for specific requirements if going on disability).  ​
  • If you are considering converting to non-practising, please review the NP: leaving nursing practice page for things to consider, including the loss of your prescribing authority (including refills on existing perscriptions).​

View the NP leaving practice decision tree​

Returning to practice 

If you cancelled your registration before you went on leave (including maternity leave) and are gearing up to return to practice, you have a few options based on your return to work date. 

Please submit your reinstatement application at least two weeks before your return to work date.​ ​

Reinstatement applications take longer to process because we need to review when you last practised, as well as evidence of good character, fitness to practice and competency requirements. ​​​

Submitting an application does not mean you can work

You cannot return to work until you have received a confirmation email from BCCNP that you have been granted practising registration. After your reinstatement is approved, your updated status will also be listed on our nurse verification tool​. ​​

 When are you returning to work?

Before February 28, 2020

​​You must apply to reinstate your practising registration (and recieve confirmation of reinstatement)​, and then complete a renewal application.

Apply as early as possible to ensure you have time to reinstate your registration and then renew. 

On March 1, 2020

​​Apply to reinstate your practising registration with the start date of March 1, 2020. ​

After March 1, 2020

Apply to reinstate your practising registration for your return to work date.

 Reinstatement fee changes

Effective March 1, 2020, reinstatement applications to practising registration will cost $225+GST. Refund processing (when a registrant requests to cancel registration) will be reduced from $100+GST to $75+GST. These changes have been factored into the information on this page.

 Leaving practice due to disability/illness

​Check with your employer and/or disability insurance company before you make changes to your status. Some disability carriers or employers may require you to maintain practising registration to receive benefits. ​​