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What you need to know: BC College of Nursing Professionals

The new college will begin regulating all nurses in BC on Sept. 4, 2018

Posted July 18, 2018
updated July 23, 2018

The official launch of our new nursing college is just a few weeks away: On Sept. 4, 2018, a new organization will be created to regulate all nursing professionals in BC. The BC College of Nursing Professionals will regulate all nurses in BC: Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Nurse Practitioners (NPs), Registered Nurses (RNs) and Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPNs).

A huge amount of work has been done, and continues to happen, to make the transition to the new college as seamless as possible for nurses, employers, schools of nursing and other stakeholders. With a few exceptions, there should be minimal disruption.

Below is information about what to expect over the coming weeks: what’s changing, what is not, and how it will impact you. We’ll be continuing to communicate with you over the summer as our plans are finalized.

We want to thank all of our partners and stakeholders for their input, patience and support as we embark on this exciting new phase in health care regulation in BC. If you have questions, please email CEOs@onenursingcollege.ca.

What is NOT changing

  • Registration status: All nurses’ current registration will be automatically transferred to BCCNP.
  • Nursing designations: The four nursing designations—LPN, NP, RN and RPN—will remain distinct.
  • Standards of Practice and Scope of Practice: Professional Standards, Practice Standards and Scope of Practice Standards for each of the four designations are not changing.
  • Application, registration and renewal requirements: Requirements will remain the same. More information about registration renewal for each designation will be shared in the fall.  
  • Direct debit/PAP payments: no action required. These deductions will continue automatically. Payments will show up on your statement as BCCNP rather than CRNBC starting in September.
  • Quality Assurance: Nurses must continue t​o meet their QA requirements.
  • Current Recognition Status of Nursing Education Programs and Standards for Program Recognition: existing program recognition will carry over to the new college, as will the standards.
  • Complaints investigations: All open investigations will be transferred to BCCNP. No changes will be made to how complaints are investigated. There will be a single portal for submitting complaints to the new college.
  • Practice consultation: Practice consultation for each of the four designations will continue to be available.
  • Public register: Verification of nurses’ registration status will continue to be publicly available.

What IS changing

Website

On Sept. 4, the BCCNP website will go live and the current college websites will redirect to this new site. This means links to CRNBC resources that you may have bookmarked, or have embedded in your educational, HR, curriculum or other materials, will be changing.

We will share a “link map” in early September that provides the corresponding new links to existing resources. Rest assured, all of the relevant content that is currently on the CRNBC site will be transferred to the new BCCNP site.

Contacting the college

The new college will be located at 900—200 Granville Street in Vancouver. More detailed contact information will be available in late August.

Notice about online services

As part of merging and migrating our online systems, we will stop accepting applications for registration and status changes on Aug. 19, 2018. “My Account” online services will be unavailable from Aug. 24-Sep. 5, 2018. Click here for more information.

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