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Annual personal practice review requirement for RPNs, RNs and NPs


Nov 7, 2018

A message from the Quality Assurance Committee

With registration renewal for RPNs, RNs and NPs just around the corner, we want to ensure all registrants are clear on their quality assurance requirements, and on reporting on these activities when they renew their registration.

Under BCCNP's quality assurance bylaws, every practising and provisional RPN, RN and NP registrant will be required to make an annual personal practice review declaration as a condition of renewing their registration in 2019.

This requirement is equivalent to the annual personal practice review requirement that RN and NP registrants have been required to meet in previous years. It is a new requirement for RPN registrants.

Please note that LPNs are also required to meet specific QA requirements before they can renew their registration for 2019.

What does the declaration say?

Prior to the Feb. 28, 2019 renewal deadline (done as part of the registration renewal process), registrants will be required to declare that they have done all of the following within the previous one-year period:

  • Completed a confidential self-assessment of their practice using applicable BCCNP standards of practice;
  • Sought and received peer feedback (if they were engaged in practice during the previous year);
  • Developed and implemented a learning plan; and
  • Evaluated the impact of their learning plan on their practice.

All registrants are reminded that providing a false declaration constitutes professional misconduct.

What does this mean for registrants?

It means that registrants who want to successfully renew their registration need to complete all the activities listed above before the Feb. 28 deadline. Nurses should be engaging in quality assurance activities year-round: for registrants who have not done some or all of the above activities yet this year, there is still time for you to complete the requirements before the deadline, but it's important to get started.

Registrants who do not complete these requirements before Feb. 28, 2019, and are therefore unable to provide the required annual personal practice review declaration, will not be eligible to renew their practising or provisional registration, and their BCCNP registration will expire March 1, 2019. Working as a nurse without current registratio​​n is against the law and has professional and financial consequences. 

Recordkeeping

Registrants are expected to keep adequate supporting records to document their compliance with the annual personal practice review requirement (and other requirements of BCCNP's quality assurance program) for at least five years after the end of each calendar year, in accordance with section 302 of BCCNP's bylaws.

These records may be subject to audit by BCCNP under section 303 of the bylaws, and the Quality Assurance Committee may require a registrant to submit information under section 304 of the bylaws to verify their compliance with the personal practice review requirement (and/or other requirements of BCCNP's quality assurance program).

Details of the personal practice review requirement are outlined in BCCNP Bylaws Part 6, sections 317 (RPNs), 323 (RNs) and 330 (NPs).

More information

If you can't find the information you're looking for, email quality@bccnp.ca.