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Leaving or returning to nursing practice


Fee changes effective March 1, 2020 

Effective March 1, 2020, reinstatement applications to practising registration will cost $225+GST, an increase of $125+GST for NPs, RNs and RPNs. ​​Refund processing (when a registrant requests to cancel registration) will be reduced from $100+GST to $75+GST.

Current or former RPN registrants can apply to cancel, change or reinstate their registration by using forms in My Account. ​

What you need to know​

  • Each time you change your registration status, you must pay a non-refundable $100+GST change status fee in addition to any applicable registration fees. ​

  • Funds are prorated based on an annual fee. That means that if you leave practice (former registrant), you will not pay for the remainder of the practice year. If you are returning to practice, you will only pay for days remaining in the practice year.

  • If you work without practising registration, even accidentally, you are engaging in unregistered practice and will incur additional fees.   

 Not sure which status you need?

Registration status comparison

All change status applications are charged a non-refundable $105 change status fee (includes GST) in addition to the registration fees.

Practising​Non-practisingFormer registrant
2019 annual fee $468.48  $87.84
$0
Am I registrant of BCCNP?YesYesNo
Can I practise or volunteer as a nurse in B.C.?YesNoNo
Will I get communication from BCCNP?Yes. You receive Nursing News and any special bulletins.Yes. You receive Nursing News and any special bulletins.No
Can I still call myself a nurse/RPN?Yes. You can use: 
  • Registered psychiatric nurse
  • Psychiatric nurse
  • Nurse
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No. However, you can use the follow titles depending on your qualifications:

  • non-practising registered psychiatric nurse (non-practising RPN)
  • Non-practising pyschiatric nurse
  • Non-practising nurse
No. You cannot use the title "nurse,"registered psychiatric nurse," the abbreviation "RPN," or any of the options in the non-practising category.
Can I be a member of a BCCNP committee?Yes, if you are in good standing with the college (subject to specific committee composition requirements).Yes, if you are in good standing with the college (subject to specific committee composition requirements).No
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 Change status options

Practising to non-practising

As our registration fees are calculated on a daily basis, you may be eligible for a refund. If you are on the Pre-Authorized Payment plan​, you may be entitled to a further refund. Email register@bccnp.ca for more information. 

Non-practising to practising

​Shortly after you submit your change of status form, you will be contacted by BCCNP staff to confirm any additional information and/or documents that are required. This will depend on the reason you have been away from the Practicing register, but may include one or more of the following:

  • Confirmation of registration from another regulator
  • Confirmation of your psychiatric nursing practice hours from your employer (if you have been working as an RPN outside of BC)​
  • A medical report regarding your fitness to practice psychiatric nursing may be required if you indicate on your application that your practice is impaired due to a health matter.
Practice hours
When BCCNP reviews your change of status application, we will be looking to see if you have met the practice hours requirement for holding Practicing registration ( a minimum of 1,400 practice hours in the preceding five years). If you have not, you will be required to successfully complete an approved psychiatric nursing refresher program before returning to practice. An approved refresher program is currently offered by Douglas College​.
 
As an alternative to the refresher program, you may be eligible to undergo a competency assessment to demonstrate you have the entry-level competencies required for Practicing registration with BCCNP. Competency assessments are administered via the Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS). The outcome of this assessment will either be that you have demonstrated that you have the required competencies or that you must complete additional education before returning to practice (this may be all or part of a refresher program).
 
If you have any questions relating to your practice hours, the refresher program or the competency assessment, please contact BCCNP Registration at register@bccnp.ca.

 
Fees
Fees will be calculated based on the return to work date you have given, in line with the current Fee Schedule.  However, this does not guarantee approval of the application by this date. Approval will depend on receipt of any additional information required.
 
Timing your change of status application
When you submit your application, you will be asked for the "effective date," which is usually your return to work date. This should be at least one week but not more than 2 months in the future.
 
Please bear in mind that requests for documents from third parties (such as medical reports, criminal record checks and confirmation of registration documents) can take some time to be processed.
Inactive to practising

​Shortly after you submit your change of status form, you will be contacted by BCCNP staff to confirm any additional information and/or documents that are required. This will depend on the reason your registration has been Inactive, but may include one or more of the following:​

  • Confirmation of registration from another regulator
  • Confirmation of your psychiatric nursing practice hours from your employer (if you have been working as an RPN outside of BC)
  • A medical report regarding your fitness to practice psychiatric nursing may be required if you indicate on your application that your practice may be impaired due to a health matter.
  • Updated identification (if you have been away from the register for more than five years)
Practice hours
When BCCNP reviews your change of status application, we will be looking to see if you have met the practice hours requirement for holding Practicing registration ( a minimum of 1,400 practice hours in the preceding five years). If you have not, you will be required to successfully complete an approved psychiatric nursing refresher program before returning to practice. An approved refresher program is currently offered by Douglas College​.
 
As an alternative to the refresher program, you may be eligible to undergo a competency assessment to demonstrate you have the entry-level competencies required for Practicing registration with BCCNP. Competency assessments are administered via the Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS). The outcome of this assessment will either be that you have demonstrated that you have the required competencies or that you must complete additional education before returning to practice (this may be all or part of a refresher program).
 
If you have any questions relating to your practice hours, the refresher program or the competency assessment, please contact BCCNP Registration at register@bccnp.ca.
 
Fees
Fees will be calculated based on the return to work date you have given, in line with the current Fee Schedule.  However, this does not guarantee approval of the application by this date. Approval will depend on receipt of any additional information required.
 
Timing your change of status application
When you submit your application, you will be asked for the "effective date," which is usually your return to work date. This should be at least one week but not more than 2 months in the future.
 
Please bear in mind that requests for documents from third parties (such as medical reports, criminal record checks and confirmation of registration documents) can take some time to be processed.
Inactive to non-practising

​Shortly after you submit your change of status form, you will be contacted by BCCNP staff to confirm any additional information and/or documents that are required. This will depend on the reason your registration has been Inactive, but may include:

  • A BC Criminal Records Review Act Criminal Record Check from the Ministry of Justice in BC
  • A Criminal Record Check from another country (if you have been living abroad)
  • Confirmation of registration from another regulator
  • Updated identification (if you have been away from the register for more than five years)
Fees​ will be calculated based on the date of your application. However, this does not guarantee approval of the application by this date. Approval will depend on receipt of any additional information required.
Provisional to practising or non-practising

​You can only change from provisional to practicing or non-practicing registration if:

  1. You have passed the RPNC examination; and
  2. Your provisional registration has not yet expired. Once your provisional registration has expired, the office will convert you to ‘Ceased’ status. If you have passed the RPNCE, you can later apply to become a practicing or non-practicing registrant.
If you are working, you are expected to convert to p​ractising registration as soon as you learn you have passed the exam. As your application will need to be processed and approved by BCCNP, you should allow sufficient time for this to happen (at least 7 business days before the expiry of your provisional registration).

The calculation of fees for the change of status is based on the date of the application (see our Fee Schedule).​

What if I have been away from practice for more than five years?

If you have been away from nursing for more than five years, the pathway back to practising registration will take more time and requires additional evidence to satisfy the committee of your current competence to practice. You may apply for reinstatement to practising registration to find out what the pathway will be for you. It may include:

  • completing a competency assessment by the Nursing Community Assessment Service, and additional education or exams, and/or
  • completing one of BCCNP’s recognized practical nursing education programs.

Contact the registration team for more details.

 Returning to practice? Apply early!

​You will need to demonstrate you meet each requirement for practising RPN registration​.

 Registration categories and requirements