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Temporary emergency registration


Temporary emergency registration enables eligible individuals to register quickly on a short-term basis to assist with emergency health care response in BC. BCCNP is currently granting temporary emergency registration to assist with COVID-19 pandemic efforts.​

Practising registrants in BC do not need temporary emergency registration.​

 Who can apply

Eligible
  • Current non-practising licensed practical nurses (LPN), nurse practitioners (NP), registered nurses (RNs) and registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs) who are in good standing and meet the practice hours requirement
  • Former LPN, NP, RN and RPN registrants who are in good standing and meet the practice hours requirement 
  • LPNs, RNs and RPNs with current practicing registration in good standing in Canada
  • LPNs, NPs, RNs and RPNs in the Canadian armed forces.

Practice hours: Even during emergencies, BCCNP needs to maintain requirements to ensure that registered individuals are able to practice safely and competently in the current and rapidly changing health care environment. Learn more about the practice hours requirement for each nursing designation.​​

NOT eligible
  • Internationally educated applicants who have not yet submitted an application and/or not met the requirements for practising registration in BC
  • Applicants whose record with the College includes evidence of not meeting the good character, fitness or competence to practice requirements
  • Applicants who have not yet passed the exam requirement for the nursing role they are applying for (but may be eligible for provisional registration, if the exam is the only requirement outstanding).
  • Applicants who have outstanding Inquiry Committee matters.
  • Applicants who have been denied registration.
  • Nursing Students
Please note: While nursing students are not eligible for temporary emergency registration, BCCNP is fast-tracking employed student applications. Learn more.​

 How to apply

1. Confirm that you are eligible to apply

​Read the “who can apply” information above to ensure you are eligible to apply for temporary emergency registration. Please do not apply unless you meet all the criteria. This will enable us to process applications for eligible individuals more efficiently.​

2. Download and complete the application form

Emergency temporary registration form​

​Important: Download and save the application form before completing all sections. ​

3. Email the completed form to register@bccnp.ca

​Once you have completed all sections of the application form, please email your application to BCCNP Registration at register@bccnp.ca

Once you have submitted your application, a member of the Registration team may follow up with you for more information while assessing your application. 

4. Wait for a confirmation email and next steps

​If your application for temporary emergency registration is granted, you will receive a confirmation email that confirms the details of your temporary registration, as well as the next steps to take regarding deployment. You must not work as a nurse until you have received this email. ​Don't forget to check your junkmail folder!

 FAQs

Why do I have to meet the practice hours requirement in order to apply for temporary registration?

​Even during emergencies, we need to maintain requirements to ensure  that registered individuals are able to practice safely and competently in the current and rapidly changing health care environment.

Learn more about the practice hours requirement for each nursing designation.

 Temporary emergency registration data

​​As of May 22, 2020, BCCNP has granted temporary emergency registration to 520 individuals. See the breakdown of that number by geographic area below: 
Lower Mainland – Coastal
Geographic area1Total by classTotal by area
Lower Mainland – CoastalLPN = 1291 
NP = 1
RN = 77
RPN = 1
​​​
Lower Mainland - Fraser
Geographic area1Total by classTotal by area
Lower Mainland – FraserLPN = 12111
NP = 0
RN = 97
RPN = 2
​​​
Interior
Geographic area1Total by classTotal by area
InteriorLPN = 2094
NP = 0
RN = 73
RPN = 1
​​​
Vancouver Island
Geographic area1Total by classTotal by area
Vancouver IslandLPN = 1193
NP = 0
RN = 82
RPN = 0
​​​
North
Geographic area1Total by classTotal by area
NorthLPN = 313
NP = 0
RN = 10
RPN = 0
​​​
Out of province
Geographic area1Total by classTotal by area
Out of provinceLPN = 19118
NP = 3
RN = 96
RPN = 0
​​

 ID requirements

​BCCNP requires two valid pieces​ of identification as part of your application. 

 Practice hours

Applicants for temporary emergency registration must meet the practice hours requirement:

  •  LPN: 1,125 hours in the past 5 years
  • NP: 900 hours in the past 3 years
  • RN: 1,125 hours in the past 5 years
  • RPN: 1,400 hours in the past 5 years

 Student nurses: How to help

Nursing students are not eligible for temporary emergency registration. However, BCCNP is fast-tracking employed student applications and reinstatements to assist with pandemic response.