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Leaving or returning to practice


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Taking a leave from nursing in 2020?  

Effective Jan. 1, 2020, LPN registrants will pay pro-rated fees and may be eligible for a refund on registration fees if leaving practice. 


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​Current or former LPN registrants can apply to cancel, change or reinstate their registration by using forms in their BCCNP account.

Returning to practice 

Reinstatement is the process that former BC LPNs follow when they want to return to practise in BC. Conversion is the process for a registrant holding non-practising registration switching back to practising registration.

You must log in to your BCCNP account to apply for either reinstatement or conversion. Select "Apply" to start your application.

The application

An assessment may include a review of the following:

  • ​A completed application form
  • Consent to Criminal Record Check* (if required)
  • Notarized copies of government issued identity documents (one must be photo ID)
  • Verification of Registration Form from all jurisdiction(s) you are/were registered
  • Employment Verification Form(s) for each of your nursing employers within the last five years

Your application will not proceed unless you have submitted all the requirements above. The registration team will contact you if there are outstanding documents that BCCNP needs to proceed with your application.

​​Note: If your registration was cancelled or suspended following an inquiry or discipline committee decision, you will be asked to provide additional evidence. Please contact the registration team for more information.​

Requirements for reinstatement 

This assessment will determine whether you meet the requirements for reinstatement. The requirements for reinstatement include that you:

  • Were in compliance with all Quality Assurance Program requirements at the time you last held practising registration,
  • Have maintained your knowledge, skills and abilities as a LPN, or
  • Have successfully completed an exam or upgrading of your knowledge, skills or abilities
  • Are of good character,
  • Are fit to practice, and
  • Have paid any outstanding fines or fees.

If your application is still incomplete after 6 months, BCCNP will destroy your file. This means you will have to start the process again and pay additional fees.

Fees

  • ​You will pay a $200+GST reinstatement application fee when your application is submitted. Reinstatement fees are non-refundable, so ensure you are ready to proceed before you pay.
  • Once your application has been approved, you will be asked to pay your practising registration fee​.
  • ​​Your registration fee may differ depending on when you complete your application. If you are returning to practise between November 1 and December 31, contact our registration team before starting your reinstatement/conversion application for other fee options.​

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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.


*If you last held practising registration within 90 days of submitting your reinstatement application, you are not required to authorize a new criminal record check unless your 5-year recheck is due.