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BC College of Nurses and Midwives

On Sept. 1, 2020, BCCNP and the College of Midwives of British Columbia are amalgamating to become the BC College of Nurses and Midwives
Updated July 29, 2020

On September 1st, 2020 BCCNP and the College of Midwives of British Columbia (CMBC) are amalgamating to become the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM). This webpage serves as a central hub for current and comprehensive information on amalgamation for nurses and members of the public.

What's changing?

Similar to when the three nurse regulators amalgamated in September 2018, nurses' day-to-day interactions with the college should not be impacted. Registration statuses, renewal processes, QA, complaints investigations, standards of practice—will all remain essentially unchanged. The four nurse designations—LPN, NP, RN and RPN—will remain distinct, as will midwifery.

Most of the changes coming in the amalgamation are to the college's governance structure. The new BCCNM board will be composed of 10 people: five public members appointed by government, and five elected members—one from each designation regulated by the new college. One LPN, one NP, one RN, one RPN and one midwife.  

We're also making a minor change to registration classes by eliminating the "temporary special event registration" classes. Nurses wishing to obtain short-term registration for any reason (other than emergency registration) will apply for practising registration and pay the application and registration fees. They can then apply for a pro-rated refund for the days they do not use.

Proposed bylaws: posted for consultation

The proposed BCCNM bylaws were posted May 27, 2020, for consultation and then reposted July 29, 2020. Board members and staff from both colleges worked together to create these new bylaws, with the goal of enabling the new college to be fully functional from Day 1. Bylaw creation principles were to:

  • make no major changes besides those required to continue regulating the five professional groups (nurses, nurse practitioners, midwives, licensed practical nurses and psychiatric nurses);
  • make some changes necessary for the transition itself;
  • clarify or enhance bylaws that support our current work; and
  • update bylaws for the new governance framework.

Before these new bylaws can come into effect, we are required to give notice to registrants and the public and post them for three months. This gives everyone who is interested an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback and is a key phase in the process.

Feedback from registrants is especially useful as it provides us with insight into how the bylaws will be perceived and whether further clarification is needed.