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Responsibility and Accountability


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It is January 1 and the deadline to renew your LPN registration has passed. You are in the middle of your shift when your manager informs you that you are no longer on BCCNP's public registry. What is your professional responsibility?

A: Transfer the care of your residents then leave the floor until your application for reinstatement has been processed.

Correct! Only an LPN holding practising registration can provide practical nursing services to clients in BC. Holding practising registration allows you to work as an LPN, and to use the title Licensed Practical Nurse or LPN. Be sure to check the Public Registry to confirm your registration status before returning to work. See Professional Standard 1: Responsibility and Accountability as well as Registration and Renewal on the BCCNP website.

B: Finish your shift, then contact BCCNP to reinstate your practising registration.

That's not correct. If you have not renewed your practising registration, you cannot practise as an LPN in BC. If you practise as an LPN without practising registration, your liability insurance is not valid, you will be referred to BCCNP's Inquiry Committee for investigation, and you will be fined $200. See Professional Standard 1: Responsibility and Accountability as well as Registration and Renewal on the BCCNP website.

C: Tell your manager that you will reinstate your practising registration on your next break.

That's not correct. If you have not renewed your practising registration, you cannot practise as an LPN in BC. If you practise as an LPN without practising registration, your liability insurance is not valid, you will be referred to BCCNP's Inquiry Committee for investigation, and you will be fined $200. See Professional Standard 1: Responsibility and Accountability as well as Registration and Renewal on the BCCNP website.

D: Reinstate your LPN registration as non-practising until you can afford a practising registration.

That's not correct. A non-practising LPN cannot work, volunteer or practise practical nursing in BC. You will need to convert your registration before you can return to work. If you practise as an LPN without practising registration, your liability insurance is not valid, you will be referred to BCCNP's Inquiry Committee for investigation, and you will be fined $200. See Professional Standard 1: Responsibility and Accountability as well as Registration and Renewal on the BCCNP website.

Each year, you need to renew your registration before the December 31 deadline to make sure you are able to work on January 1. If you are unsure of your registration status, check the public register before you work. ​