This page has Notices from the last 2 months.  For all current Notices, click here.

  • Draft bylaws for new nursing college: available for review

    May 16, 2018

    We are pleased to report that the draft bylaws for the new nursing college are available for review.

    The college bylaws provide the foundation for sound and effective decision-making, and will be a guiding document as our new college comes into existence.

    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 key stakeholders an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback, and is a key phase in the drafting process. Feedback from registrants is especially useful as it provides insight into how the bylaws will be interpreted, and whether further clarification is needed.

    We value and appreciate your feedback, and hope you will take part in the consultation process.

    Click here to go to the consultation page

  • New provincial nursing regulator gets official name

    May 10, 2018

    The Minister of Health on May 8, 2018, formally approved the name of B.C.’s new nursing regulator. The BC College of Nursing Professionals will come into existence on Sept. 4, 2018.

    This new college will amalgamate the three existing nursing colleges—the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of BC, the College of Registered Nurses of BC, and the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC—into a single regulator for all nurses in the province.

    The staff, boards and leadership at the three colleges appreciate the Minister’s attention to this project and look forward to continued collaboration as we work towards Day 1 of our new organization.


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  • New Tools to Help Candidates Prepare for Registration Exam

    April 24, 2018

    The Registered Psychiatric Nurse Regulators of Canada, in collaboration with their exam testing partner, Yardstick Assessment Strategies, has released two new tools to help candidates prepare to write the Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Canada Examination.  Read more…

  • New Nursing Regulator: Progress Update

    April 18, 2018

    It’s official! We have an amalgamation date. On September 4, 2018, the new nursing college will officially come into existence, and begin regulating licensed practical nurses, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and registered psychiatric nurses. The name of the new college has not yet been finalized.

    Staff at the three existing colleges, our various board and committee members, and other stakeholders have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure we’re ready to regulate on Day 1 of our new organization. Processes like registration renewal may remain segmented by designation for 2019-20, but our goal is to be fully integrated by 2021. Public protection remains our top priority.

    How will this affect nurses? The transition to the new college should be seamless for nurses. We are amalgamating college operations; however, the four nursing designations are remaining distinct. Nurses will notice a new website, and we’ll have a new physical address once we move into our new office space. But beyond that, access to services, resources and regulatory support should not be impacted.

    Questions? Please visit our resource page, and review the news there. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, drop us an email at [email protected] and we’ll get back to you.

  • No Board Elections in 2018

    April 18, 2018

    The Ministry of Health has approved bylaw changes suspending our 2018 board election. Under our current bylaws, newly elected board members would normally begin their three-year term in September. However, given that we will be dissolving on September 3, 2018 to make way for the new organization, the board felt it would not be the best use of resources to elect directors who would not serve their terms.

    The Minister of Health will appoint the first Board of the new college. The first elections to fill registrant board member positions will likely take place in the fall of 2019, with terms commencing January 1, 2020.

  • Annual General Meeting – Friday, 15 June, 2018

    April 4, 2018

    This year’s AGM will be held at the Executive Plaza Hotel in Coquitlam (across from Lougheed Mall). Registration at 11:45 am, luncheon and meeting from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm. Additional information can be found on the invitation. The office will be closed from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm for staff to attend the AGM. RSVP by April 13 to [email protected].

  • Project to Update Professional Standards for Psychiatric Nursing

    March 24, 2018

    The four RPN regulators in western Canada are pleased to announce a new joint project to revise and update the Standards of Psychiatric Nursing Practice, referred to in BC as the Professional Standards for Psychiatric Nursing.  These Standards, which describe in broad terms the expected level of performance of all RPNs, were developed some years ago.  The intention is to update them to reflect the changes in psychiatric nursing practice since then.  For more information, click here.


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