posted June 26, 2017
Simply put, as an RN you need to have completed 1,125 hours of registered nurse practice in the past five years. If you work as an RN in a full time capacity — in either clinical, education, administration, research role(s) or a combination — you are very likely to have met the minimum requirement already. If you work 12 hour shifts, it would take less than 110 shifts over five years, to surpass the practice hours requirement.
If the number of practice hours isn't onerous, what's the point?
We regulate registered nurses and nurse practitioners in British Columbia to protect the public. The reason we ask nurses to self-report their practice hours during renewal is simple: nursing is a practice profession. Asking you to demonstrate that you've achieved the minimum practice hours requirement is just one of the tools we use to ensure registered nurses in the province maintain competence to carry out their work.
For many of you reading right now, achieving the minimum practice hours will not be a problem. But not all nurses are in the same situation. There is a section of the nursing community who are working part-time or casual. There are those who are winding down their careers, there are those who are just starting their careers, and there are those who have taken time off for family, travel or a return to school. Many individuals in these circumstances can still meet the minimum practice hours requirement while working part-time or casual over five years.
If your circumstances change, an accurate account of your registered nurse practice hours could be important for your next role. If you were thinking of working outside of B.C., evidence of your previous practice experience could be required for registration in other jurisdictions. You may decide to go back to school, or travel around the world, and you will want to know how an extended absence may affect your eligibility to return to the profession.
Before we finish up, here are a couple of key points about practice hours:
We've taken a broad look at practice hours in this article, and you might be asking for more details. Good, we have you covered, take a look at our practice hours page on the CRNBC website for more information.
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