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​Nursing students: Participating in the COVID-19 pandemic response

Mar 16, 2020

Aug. 5, 2020: Updated to reflect that as BC continues to reopen, BCCNP is once again requiring the notarization of documents and completion of form 10.1 for student applications. 

March 26, 2020: updated to reflect a change to payment requirements. 

On March 16, 2020, the Minister of Health requested that we make temporary emergency registration available to individuals that meet the criteria in order to assist in the COVID-19 pandemic response. While B.C. nursing students are not eligible for temporary emergency registration, BCCNP will be taking the following actions to ensure that students are able to participate in pandemic response as required.

Fast-tracking employed student applications

BC nursing students who are not currently registered with BCCNP may apply to become an employed student registrant by following the instructions on our website. All applicants will need to pay the application, registration, and CNPS fees to obtain ESN or ESPN registration.

BCCNP will refund the application fee and a pro-rated registration fee for the duration of the pandemic. Refunds will be processed once the COVID-19 pandemic is declared ended.

Reinstating former ESNs and ESPNs

Individuals who have held ESN or ESPN registration in the past can reinstate their ESN or ESPN registration. They do this by logging into their BCCNP account and applying for ESN/ESPN registration. BCCNP will refund the application fee and a pro-rated registration fee to those who obtain ESN or ESPN registration during the pandemic.​

Important information: Emergency registration and application details

  • In both scenarios above, registration will be valid until Feb. 28, 2021.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in a BCCNP recognized nursing program and have an employer in order to qualify for ESN/ESPN registration.
  • Applicants must to provide two notarized current and valid identification documents (one with photo). 


Please contact BCCNP Registration Services at Please note that we are experiencing a high volume of emails and phone calls. Your email will be responded to in priority order; please do not follow up by phone. Thank you for your assistance.  

BCCNP ​​COVID-19 resources