Current Notices

  • Service Interruptions – August 24 to September 4

    August 16, 2018

    In order to migrate data from CRPNBC to BCCNP, our IT systems will be down from close of business on August 24 to close of business on September 4, 2018. During this time, we will not be accepting online applications for registration or status changes:

    • New applicants will not be able to submit an Initial application or First Registration application
    • Registrants and former registrants will not be able to submit applications to change their registration status

    Any applications started before the closure date but not submitted will be lost and you will need to start again when the BCCNP system is up and running.

    Office Closure

    The CRPNBC office will be permanently closed to walk-ins beginning Monday, August 27, 2018. During the week of August 27th, we will continue to be available by phone or email and provide the following essential services, although there may be some delay in processing requests:

    • Access to the online public register for nurse verification
    • Emergency registration
    • Acceptance of complaints
    • Practice consultation

    More information will be posted here as it becomes available.  Please contact the office if you have any questions.

  • Mark your calendars: schedule for Pre-authorized Payments is changing

    August 16, 2018

    Do you have a pre-authorized payment set up to pay for your registration fees? Starting next month, your PAP will be withdrawn from your account on the first Friday of every month instead of the 5th of each month. For months during which there are five Fridays, the payment will be withdrawn on the second Friday of the month.  This change will take place automatically. Your next PAP for your registration fees will be withdrawn from your account on Friday, September 7, 2018.

    For more information, contact: Mandy Wang at [email protected].

  • BCCNP Board Conducts First Meeting

    August 16, 2018

    The first board of the BC College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) held its first meeting on August 13, 2018. Board members took the Oath of Office and participated in an orientation to the Health Professions Act and the role of the regulator. They also elected BCCNP’s first Chair and Vice-Chair:  Maria Bishop, RPN, BHSc, MEd, has been appointed Chair and Rob Calnan, RN, BScN, MEd, has been appointed Vice-Chair.  Click here for more info.

  • New college, new name, new logo

    August 16, 2018

    The branding for the BC College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) has been finalized. The full brand will be rolled out when the college becomes operational on Sept. 4, 2018. In the meantime, we’re pleased to share BCCNP’s logo with our partners and stakeholders.

    Requests to use BCCNP’s logo should be sent to [email protected].

    Visit the online resource centre for more information about the single nursing regulator.

  • Change in professional liability protection provider

    August 9, 2018

    CRPNBC is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with the Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS). Effective November 1, 2018, all practising CRPNBC registrants, including Interim registrants and Employed Student Psychiatric Nurses, will be eligible for CNPS’s comprehensive professional liability protection and risk management services. To support this transition, CRPNBC will subsidize the full cost of CNPS protection for all RPN registrants until February 1, 2020Read more….

  • Departure of CRPNBC Registrar and Deputy Registrar

    August 7, 2018

    The CRPNBC Board of Directors regrets to announce that when the CRPNBC comes to an end on September 3, 2018, Kyong-ae Kim, CEO/Registrar, and Fiona Ramsay, Director of Operations/Deputy Registrar, will not be continuing with us to be part of the BC College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP). We acknowledge and recognize their outstanding service and contributions to the CRPNBC over many years. We also thank them for their hard work, diligence, vision and commitment in the formation of BCCNP. We wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

  • Request for Proposal – Language Proficiency for Nursing Practice

    July 30, 2018

    The Canadian Council for Practical Nurse Regulators (CCPNR) on behalf of the Canadian Nurse Regulators Collaborative (CNRC) is seeking a subject matter expert to complete an environmental scan of the fluency requirements appropriate for safe nursing practice in Canada. Information about the Request for Proposal can be found here.

  • Minister of Health Announces First Board for BC College of Nursing Professionals

    July 26, 2018

    The Minister of Health announced on July 26, 2018 the members of the first board of the BC College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP). In alignment with the college’s proposed bylaws, there are an equal number of registrant members and public members. In addition, there are an equal number of designated seats on the board for each of the four nursing designations, to ensure that board decisions benefit from the perspectives of all nursing professions. There is also a valuable mix of experienced college board members and new board members that will bring a fresh perspective to the board table. Click here for the full list.

  • What you need to know: BC College of Nursing Professionals

    July 17, 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. Click here for important information about what’s changing, what’s not, and how it will impact you, including the planned system outage.

  • Boards of three nursing colleges announce BCCNP’s first CEO

    July 13, 2018

    We are pleased to announce that the boards of B.C.’s three nursing regulators have this week appointed Cynthia Johansen to serve as the first CEO of the BC College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP). Cynthia currently serves as the Registrar/CEO of the College of Registered Nurses of B.C.

    Read more…

  • CRPNBC Annual Report 2017/2018

    July 11, 2018

    CRPNBC has released its latest annual report which can be found here.

  • Call for RPN Subject Matter Experts for the Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS)

    June 2, 2018

    The Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS) is seeking RPNs to serve as subject matter experts (SMEs) in their competency assessment development process. SMEs write assessment cases and questions, develop and revise standards, validate their assessments, and help with field testing. More information about this opportunity, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, can be found here.

    Note that CRPNBC is communicating this opportunity on NCAS’s behalf and any questions you have should be directed to NCAS.

  • 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.


    Visit our resource centre or email [email protected].

  • 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.

  • UPDATE – Medical Assistance in Dying

    March 6, 2018

    The CRPNBC regulatory framework for medical assistance in dying (MAiD) has been updated and now includes standards, limits and conditions for RPNs that aid in the provision of MAiD. The framework can be found in the Scope of Practice for RPNs: Standards, Limits and Conditions. Additional information can be found in practice support.

  • New Board Member

    February 22, 2018

    Government recently appointed a new member to the CRPNBC board named Richard Turner. Richard is a former teacher with significant experience in health care as an advocate. Richard has concurrently been appointed to boards of both the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of B.C. and the College of Registered Nurses of B.C. We’re pleased to have him on join us and look forward to his contributions as we move forward.

  • Search for new nursing college’s CEO

    February 22, 2018

    A transformative inaugural role exists for an exceptional leader. Reporting to the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) Board, the CEO will be tasked with establishing a clear and confident direction within the province and will take a prominent leadership role on a national and international stage for the evolvement of nursing regulation and protection of the public. In addition, the CEO will be focused on nurturing the organic development of organizational culture, while inspiring progressive and efficient day-to-day operations, proper regulation, comprehensive risk management and effective succession management of the organization. Further information can be found here.

  • UPDATE Meningococcal Outbreak – Interior Health

    February 15, 2018

    Interior Health has declared an end to the meningococcal disease outbreak in the Okanagan. Therefore, the temporary modification to the CRPNBC Scope of Practice for RPNs: Standards, Limits and Conditions to permit RPNs to administer vaccines in specific circumstances during the outbreak has ended and is no longer in effect.

  • Call for RFPs to Revise and Update Standards of Psychiatric Nursing Practice

    January 28, 2018

    The College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA), the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia (CRPNBC), the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba (CRPNM) and the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan (RPNAS) are seeking a consultant to review and update the existing Standards of Psychiatric Nursing Practice.

    The Standards of Psychiatric Nursing Practice describe, in broad terms, the expected level of performance of all RPNs. The standards provide a guide to the knowledge, skills, values, judgment, and attitudes that are needed to support competent, safe, and ethical psychiatric nursing practice.  The purpose of the review is to ensure the document remains relevant and is reflective of current psychiatric nursing practice.

    Consultants who respond to the RFP will be knowledgeable about psychiatric nursing practice and the regulation of health professionals in Canada. They will also have excellent communication skills, and experience in policy development, project management, stakeholder engagement, facilitating consultations and data collection, data analysis surveys, report writing and public presentation.  For full details, click here.

  • 2018 Registration Renewal is now open

    January 9, 2018

    Please go into My Record and renew your registration before it expires on February 28, 2018. Instructions on how to renew your registration, as well as frequently asked questions, can be found on our renewal webpage.

  • Amendments to nursing regulations posted for comment

    January 3, 2018

    B.C.’s three nursing colleges are pleased to report that government in late December posted the regulation changes, supporting the amalgamation of our three Colleges.

    We’re very pleased that government has moved quickly to post these amendments, further demonstrating their commitment to making our new college a reality.

    The Ministry requests that any comments on the proposed regulation amendments be submitted no later than March 12, 2018. Visit the government’s professional regulation page to share your feedback.

  • Meningococcal Outbreak – Interior Health

    December 21, 2017

    In response to an outbreak of meningococcal disease, CRPNBC has temporarily modified the CRPNBC Scope of Practice for RPNs: Standards, Limits and Conditions to permit RPNs employed by Interior Health to administer vaccines in specific circumstances for the duration of the outbreak. An update can be found here.

    Any health authorities who require assistance on a similar issue from CRPNBC, between December 22, 2017 and January 2, 2018, please contact Fiona Ramsay, Registrar/Director of Operations at [email protected]

  • The Benefits of a Single Nursing Regulator for BC Nurses

    December 5, 2017

    The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of B.C. (CLPNBC), the College of Registered Nurses of B.C. (CRNBC) and College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of B.C. (CRPNBC) are working with government to co-create a new nursing body that will replace our existing colleges.

    Currently, having three colleges means nurses in B.C. may be subject to different regulatory requirements, including quality assurance, registration and standards of practice. A new college will be able to make the regulatory process simpler by setting consistent standards for nurses across the province while respecting the differences between nursing disciplines.

    The creation of a single nursing regulator also strengthens our three colleges’ commitment to accessibility, and ensures that nursing regulation in British Columbia is collaborative and cohesive, and supports nurses to deliver the best care possible.

    View the additional benefits of a single nursing regulator (PDF)

  • Issues with email notifications

    October 27, 2017

    We are currently doing some work on our database system, which may affect the email notifications applicants and registrants receive from CRPNBC when they:


    • submit applications
    • make changes in My Record, and
    • submit their annual Continuing Competence Review form

    Delivery of these emails may be delayed, may be routed to junk mail folders, or may not arrive at all. We are working to resolve this issue. We apologize for this inconvenience, and thank you for your patience.

  • Call for Education Program Evaluator Team

    October 4, 2017

    CRPNBC is seeking a team of evaluators (minimum 2 members) to review a psychiatric nursing education program in British Columbia. The review will be carried out under the direction of the CRPNBC Registration Committee, in accordance with the CRPNBC Recognition Process for Psychiatric Nursing Educational Programs. Please click here for further information, including how to apply. Applications will be accepted until October 26, 2017.

  • Update to CRPNBC Practice Standards

    September 29, 2017

    Eight CRPNBC Practice Standards have been updated so that the language used in them is the same as that found in the recently released standard, Scope of practice standard: Autonomous Scope of Practice and Client-specific Orders. More information on professional standards and resources can be found here.

  • Update to the Professional Standards for Psychiatric Nursing

    July 21, 2017

    The CRPNBC Professional Standards for Psychiatric Nursing have been updated with a new indicator which re-states, in clear language, the positive responsibility placed upon Practicing registrants to maintain their own fitness to practice. This can be found in Standard #3: Professional Responsibility, indicator #8.

    More information about this new indicator and what it means for RPNs is available on CRPNBC’s website. Please visit our new webpage, Fitness to Practice.

  • Canadian Nurse Regulators’ Forum

    July 13, 2017

    The inaugural Forum of Canadian Nurse Regulators was held July 6 in historic Montreal, Quebec.

    Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Registered Nurses (RNs), and Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPNs) regulators met for the first ever gathering of nurse regulators in Canada to learn more about the Canadian Council for Practical Nurse Regulators (CCPNR), Canadian Council for Registered Nurse Regulators (CCRNR) and the Registered Psychiatric Nurse Regulators of Canada (RPNRC) and to exchange knowledge and information.

    Common priorities and issues were explored as potential opportunities for nurse regulators to work together in the public’s interest.

  • CRPNBC Annual Report 2016-2017

    July 11, 2017

    CRPNBC has released its latest annual report which can be found here.

  • Blanket Ceremony strengthens culturally safe partnership between FNHA and BC Health Regulators

    June 22, 2017

    CRPNBC was one of 23 different health profession regulators in BC who came together with the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) to participate in a Blanket Ceremony.  Here’s the story as described by the FNHA.

  • CRPNBC 2017 Board Elections

    May 11, 2017

    In September 2017 the terms for three CRPNBC board members will expire. Registrants will need to elect three RPNs to fill the upcoming vacancies. Nominations are open until June 16, 2017. Ballots will be mailed to registrants by July 14 and must be returned to the office by August 11, 2017. The nomination form and an outline of the election process can be found here.

  • National Nursing Week – May 8th-14th

    May 8, 2017

    During Nursing Week CRPNBC would like to recognize the expertise, dedication, and hard work of RPNs in B.C. Your commitment to caring, health promotion, and illness prevention makes a vital contribution to the mental health of the residents in B.C.

    The staff at CRPNBC will be attending nurse appreciation week celebrations on May 9th for the VCH Vancouver Community Event at VanDusen Gardens (Floral Hall) from 2:00-4:00 pm and at Vancouver Hospital on May 11th from 9:00 am -2:00 pm. We look forward to seeing you.

  • CRPNBC Annual General Meeting Friday, 16 June, 2017

    May 8, 2017

    This year’s AGM will be held from 12 – 1pm both in person, at 2502 St. Johns Street, Port Moody (Conference room next to unit 208), and via webinar. Please let us know if you will be attending the AGM in person via email to [email protected] or fax: 604.931.5277 by Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Light lunch provided. The agenda includes the reports from the Board of Directors, the Registrar, and our auditor.

    Webinar access: 1. Log in to the webinar for the visual presentation at 2. Dial 1-877-314-1234 and enter code 3141418# for the oral presentation.

    The office will be closed from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

  • CRPNBC Commits to Cultural Safety

    April 11, 2017

    On March 1, 2017, CRPNBC was one of 23 health profession regulators in BC to pledge its commitment to making our health system more culturally safe for First Nations and Aboriginal People.  The commitment reflects the priority need to address systemic racism and discrimination towards First Nations People that can result in inappropriate treatment and barriers to access.

    In signing the Declaration of Commitment, CRPNBC and the other health regulators are signalling an expectation of change among health professionals so that all indigenous and aboriginal peoples will experience the culturally safe and effective care they deserve.  The declaration consists of three main pillars:

    • creating a climate for change
    • engaging and enabling stakeholders
    • implementing and sustaining change

    Cultural safety is already an entry level competency expected of RPNs, but the aim is to embed culturally safe practices in all aspects of health profession regulation.  The Declaration commits the health regulators to report on progress through annual reports, outlining strategic activities and accountability measures. The Declaration is endorsed by the First Nations Health Authority and the Ministry of Health.

  • New Resources to Support RPNs with the Scope of Practice Standards

    March 14, 2017

    Check out our 2 webpages on “Diagnosing and Treating Conditions” and “5 Tips For Understanding the Scope of Practice Standards“.

    Both webpages will help you understand your responsibilities when acting within autonomous scope of practice and giving client-specific orders and acting with client-specific orders.

    Questions?  Contact Gail Ancill, Practice Consultant.
    [email protected]

  • Scope of practice for RPNs: Standards, Limits and Conditions

    February 28, 2017

    The document Scope of Practice for RPNs: Standards, Limits and Conditions has been revised and is effective Feb. 28, 2017. The revised document includes the scope of practice standard Autonomous Scope of Practice and Client-specific Orders, and new terms and visuals to reinforce the concepts. Other revisions include:

    • Changes to the limits and conditions on giving client-specific orders.
    • Updated information on prescribe and giving client-specific orders related to medication.
    • Changes to limits and conditions on some section 6 and 7 restricted activities; specifically changes in the wording or removal of limits and conditions related to stable clients, established care needs, physiological conditions expected to follow an anticipated path, and well established sites. See Limits and Conditions on Restricted Activities.

    Questions? Contact Colleen Calderwood, Practice Manager, [email protected]

  • RPN Scope of Practice Standards Effective Feb. 28, 2017

    February 28, 2017

    The scope of practice standard Autonomous Scope of Practice and Client-specific Orders consists of three standards:

    • Acting within Autonomous Scope of Practice.
    • Acting with Client-specific Orders.
    • Giving Client-specific Orders.

    The scope of practice standards replaces to two practice standards (Acting with an Order and Acting Without an Order) and introduce a new concept: giving client-specific orders.

    Learn more about what this means for you here.

  • Changes to Naloxone

    February 13, 2017

    On January 26, 2017, the BC Minister of Health amended the Health Professions General Regulation and Pharmacy Operations and Drug Schedule Act-Drug Schedule Regulation to allow anyone to administer naloxone to someone appearing to be suffering from an opioid overdose regardless of whether or not they are in a hospital setting in accordance with federal laws. In response to these changes, effective Feb, 13, 2017 CRPNBC has:

    • Removed all limits and conditions on unscheduled naloxone for the treatment of a suspected opiate overdose. Further details can be found here.

    Questions? Contact Gail Ancill, Practice Consultant, [email protected]

  • Results of Survey on One Nursing Regulator for BC

    January 30, 2017

    In September 2016, the three BC nursing regulators (CRPNBC, CRNBC and CLPNBC) invited stakeholders to take a survey about the three colleges joining to form one nursing college. We received almost 2,400 responses from nurses, staff and other stakeholders.  The survey results have provided us with valuable and sufficient feedback to move forward with the creation of one nursing regulator while keeping stakeholders’ concerns in mind.  We invite you to learn more by reading the summary report here.

    The survey findings and video (about the role of a regulator) are posted to

  • New Assessment Service Evaluates Competence of Internationally Educated Health Practitioners

    January 5, 2017

    January 4, 2017 marks the launch of the Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS), a new assessment service for internationally educated health practitioners (IEPs) applying to register in British Columbia. Effective immediately, the NCAS assessment replaces the Substantially Equivalent Competence (SEC) assessment used by CRNBC for RN applicants.

    NCAS provides competence-based assessments that evaluate the skills of an IEP applicant against competencies required for entry-level practice in the province. If gaps are identified, it will assist in determining what education is required to transition to practice in B.C.

    NCAS is a collaborative effort by:

    • BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry (the “Registry”)
    • College of Licensed Practical Nurses of BC (CLPNBC)
    • College of Registered Nurses of BC (CRNBC)
    • College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC (CRPNBC), and the
    • Ministry of Health.

    The NCAS Assessment Process

    The NCAS assessment process provides IEPs with the opportunity to demonstrate their nursing competencies that may not be reflected in an assessment solely based on their education.  The assessment has three parts:

    • Computer-based component
    • Simulation Lab component
    • Oral Clinical Decision-making component

    The computer-based component can be written in more than 100 countries around the world, while the simulation lab and oral assessment are offered at Langara College in Vancouver. For information about the three components, please see

  • Duty to Provide Care – New Practice Standard

    December 15, 2016

    CRPNBC is pleased to announce the latest practice standard – Duty to Provide Care. This practice standard outlines the RPNs responsibilities for the provision and withdrawal of care. This practice standard can be found under Nursing Standards & Resources, Practice Standards, and takes effect immediately.

    Questions? Contact Gail Ancill, Practice Consultant at [email protected]

  • Changes to Naloxone

    December 7, 2016

    In response to the opioid overdose public health emergency, CRPNBC has:

    • changed the limits and conditions on unscheduled naloxone and Schedule I naloxone for the treatment of a suspected opiate overdose. Further details can be found here.
    • revised the Dispensing Medication practice standard. You can review the updated practice standard here.

    Questions? Contact Gail Ancill, Practice Consultant, [email protected]

  • CRPNBC Fee Increase in 2017

    November 2, 2016

    The following increase to registration fees will be in effect from March 1, 2017 (with all other fees remaining as is):


    • Practicing registration: from $430 to $460 per year
    • Interim registration: from $35 to $38 per month
    • Employed Student registration: from $35 to $38 per month

    Those on a Pre-Authorized Debit plan will see an additional $30 charge in February 2017 to cover the increased fee.  Starting in March 2017, the monthly charge will be $38.33, with a debit of $38.37 in the 12th month.

    Even with the increase, CRPNBC fees will continue to be the lowest of the RPN regulators in Canada, and lower than most RN regulators.

    For more information about the fee increase, click here.

  • Changes on the way: RPN Scope of Practice Standards

    October 6, 2016

    We’re introducing a new scope of practice standard for RPNs and updates to two existing standards to reflect changes in regulation and introduce a new concept: giving client-specific orders. But don’t panic! These scope standards are not coming in effect until Feb. 28, 2017. Learn more about timelines and what this means for you here.

  • News from BC and Ontario Nursing Regulators

    August 31, 2016

    Recently, senior staff from CRPNBC, CRNBC and CLPNBC met with the leadership team of the College of Nurses of Ontario to discuss opportunities for collaboration in our regulatory work.  Click here for more details.

  • New Limit on Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)

    June 15, 2016

    On June 9, 2016, the CRPNBC Board of Directors made the decision to place a temporary limit on medical assistance in dying as follows:

    At this time, RPNs must not participate in or support medical assistance in dying (MAiD) and any related activities, whether self-administered or administered by a Medical Practitioner.

    More information can be found in the Nursing Standards and Resources section of our website here. CRPNBC plans to engage in a review and consultation process regarding the role of RPNs in MAiD and will keep registrants updated.

  • Three nursing colleges joining to co-create new regulator

    June 14, 2016

    The College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of B.C. (CRPNBC), the College of Registered Nurses of B.C. (CRNBC) and the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of B.C. (CLPNBC) are excited to announce we are all working toward forming a common regulatory body to replace our existing organizations.

    report, completed by Western Management Consultants (WMC) earlier this year, confirms a number of benefits of forming a single nursing college. This business case was commissioned by our boards to explore the advantages, risks and benefits of forming a single regulatory body.

    In the coming months, CRPNBC, CRNBC and CLPNBC will be launching a consultation process to get feedback from the nursing community and other stakeholders.

    Read more….

  • National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) Strategic Plan

    April 11, 2016

    The NNAS has launched their 2016-19 Strategic Plan: Building a Foundation for the Future. The news release and strategic plan can be found here.

  • Working Towards a New Regulatory Body for Nursing

    March 24, 2016

    The College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC (CRPNBC) and the College of Registered Nurses of BC (CRNBC) recently wrote together to the Minister of Health to advise him that the two organizations will be exploring next steps in the development of a new regulatory body for RPNs, RNs and NPs to replace the current organizations.

    As communicated earlier (see the December 14, 2015 announcement here) CRPNBC, CRNBC and the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of BC (CLPNBC) engaged in the development of an exploratory business case to look at the advantages, risks and benefits of considering a new regulatory organization for all nurses, while maintaining the distinct professional roles and designations of each discipline. That exercise confirmed that working towards a common regulatory body would allow us to better and more efficiently serve the public interest.

    At this stage, CRPNBC and CRNBC are moving to the next step: to engage in stakeholder dialogue and to partner with government as we work towards this goal. More information about the Colleges’ efforts will be provided to registrants, the public and our stakeholders, as the work unfolds. We look forward to engaging with all of you as we explore this possibility. Please stay tuned to our newsletters and websites for updates on our progress.

  • Change to Scope of Practice for RPNs

    March 15, 2016

    CRPNBC has made a change to the Scope of Practice for RPNs: Standards, Limits and Conditions document published on February 17, 2016 and effective on March 18, 2016.  The original document stated:

    “There are also many nursing activities that RPNs do not carry out because they do not fall within the scope of psychiatric nursing – such as carrying out cardiac stress tests or ECGs.”

    However, CRPNBC has since learned that there is at least a small group of RPNs who carry out ECGs with additional education from the employer.  So as not to restrict current RPN practice at this time, CRPNBC removed the words “or ECGs” from the document until we have had an opportunity to conduct a review and consultation process regarding ECGs and whether any limits or conditions on this practice are appropriate.

    If you have any questions or currently do ECGs in a setting other than Children’s and Women’s Hospital, please contact Colleen Calderwood, CRPNBC Practice Manager at [email protected].

  • New Scope of Practice Document for BC RPNs in effect March 18, 2016!

    February 17, 2016

    On March 18, 2016 the CRPNBC Scope of Practice for RPNs:  Standards, Limits and Conditions will be in effect. Until then, the existing RPN scope of practice remains in place.

    The new Scope document contains most of the existing RPN scope of practice but also has additional information, including the new restricted activities from the Regulation and the related CRPNBC standards, limits and conditions.

    Until March 17, 2016 RPNs continue with existing RPN scope of practice and do not implement new practice, including the new restricted activities. As per the controls on RPN practice, RPNs need to comply with all employer policies regarding their practice; in the absence of employer policies, RPNs need to contact their employer. Registrants who have questions about the new Regulation or RPN scope of practice should contact the CRPNBC office or Colleen Calderwood at [email protected].

  • New Regulations for BC Nurses!

    December 14, 2015

    On December 3, 2015, the government brought into effect revised nursing regulations for BC nurses – a much awaited and welcome event!  The new regulations define and clarify the scopes of practice and restricted activities for each nursing group, including RPNs.  Click here for a joint announcement from the three BC nursing regulators providing more information.

    Although a new regulation for RPNs is now in effect, the existing RPN scope of practice continues until CRPNBC has communicated any changes.  This will be done initially in a Scope of Practice document that CRPNBC plans to publish in the new year after the end of January.

  • One Nursing Regulator in BC?

    December 14, 2015

    CRPNBC continues to explore opportunities for collaboration with CRNBC and CLPNBC.  The 3 colleges have retained WMC consultancy to do a preliminary business case study that explores the formation of one nursing regulator in BC, while retaining each nursing discipline.  The purpose is to obtain more information to determine if one nursing regulator makes financial and regulatory sense.  The report, expected to be completed in early 2016, will serve as a starting point for more discussions.  If we go further down this road, CRPNBC is committed to consulting stakeholders and providing timely updates.


    October 14, 2015

    Effective March 1, 2016, CRPNBC will no longer provide Practicing registration to RPNs working in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, with one exception.  Click here for more information about this change.

  • Three nursing colleges strike task group to explore shared office space, working together

    April 30, 2015

    On April 25, 2015, the Boards of the three nursing regulators (CLPNBC, CRNBC and CRPNBC) met to discuss our ongoing collaboration, and how to best consolidate our relationship for maximum benefits and impact.

    Over the past three years, the relationship among our three organizations has strengthened and deepened, with staff working together to create shared tools and resources, and a joint practice standard. This meeting, however, marks the first time the three Boards have met formally to discuss our working relationship.

    At the meeting, the Boards agreed to a number of steps:

    • Establish a task group, consisting of two board members from each college (an elected professional representative and an appointed public representative) and the three registrars. This group will look at how to further strengthen the relationship among the three colleges.
    • Explore options for shared office space. Each of the three colleges currently occupies a separate physical space (Port Moody, Burnaby and Vancouver). After several months of informal discussions, the three boards have now formally agreed to explore options for a shared office space.
    • Finalize principles to guide ongoing discussion among the three Colleges as we explore future options to strengthen our relationship.

    We are committed to keeping nurses, staff and the public updated as these discussions progress.

    Carina Herman
    Executive Director/Registrar
    Cynthia Johansen
    Kyong-ae Kim
    Executive Director/Registrar




    October 19, 2014

    For complete information, including primary care guidelines, please visit the Provincial Health Officer website at

  • HPRBC Public Awareness Campaign Update

    September 15, 2014

    As a member of the  Health Profession Regulators of BC, we are pleased to participate in the public awareness campaign “Care Safe Trust”. Below is a public service announcement that will be shown over the next twelve months on Global TV.  Also, for those in independent practice, here is a flyer that can be distributed to clients.  If you are employed, please first obtain employer consent before using the flyer.


    April 2, 2013

    When recommended by a dietician as part of a therapeutic diet, pharmacists may release Schedule III and unscheduled drugs and nurses may administer them. Click here for the full joint statement issued by the Colleges of Dieticians, LPNs, Pharmacists, RNs and RPNs.


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