Registration Types and Statuses
- Practicing registration
- Non-practicing registration
- Interim registration
- Lapsed status
- Inactive status
- Suspended status
- Revoked status
- Reinstatement to the Practicing register
Practicing registration is required for those working as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse in British Columbia. The individuals must meet all the bylaw requirements, including having 1400 practice hours in the last 5 years (new graduates have 5 years from graduation to accumulate these hours). If they do not have enough practice hours, they must take a refresher program before being allowed to practice.
In order to initially become a Practicing registrant, an individual must:
- Have graduated within the last 4 years from an approved program [Bylaw Schedule G] or otherwise meet the educational requirements (such as through a refresher course);
- Pay the required fees (including initial application fee);
- Have passed the Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Canada Examination;
- Provide evidence of good character and fitness to practice;
- Provide the required documents; and
- Authorize and pass a criminal record check. [Bylaw 41(1)]
Non-practicing registration is available to those who are qualified for registration but who are not working as an RPN in British Columbia (e.g., retired or on paternal leave). They can use the RPN title provided it is qualified with the words “non-practicing.” They also receive CRPNBC communications (e.g., the Communicator newsmagazine), which are sent only to registrants. Those who opt for Non-practicing registration are by definition not working as an RPN. Therefore, those choosing to be Non-practicing cannot accumulate hours toward the Continuing Competence Program requirement of 1400 practice hours in the last 5 years (5 years from graduation for new graduates). This applies even if the person is dually trained and registered as a practicing Registered Nurse. Even if the individual continues to work as an RN, they may have to take a refresher program to be reinstated as an RPN.
In order to become a Non-practicing registrant, an individual must meet all of the requirements of Practicing registration (above) plus provide an undertaking
(i) not to provide the services of the profession of psychiatric nursing in British Columbia, and
(ii) to use the term “non-practicing” in conjunction with any use of the title “registered psychiatric nurse”, a variation of that title, or the abbreviation “RPN”. [Bylaw 42(1)(d)]
Interim registration is time-limited registration subject to terms and conditions approved by the Registration Committee. One common situation where interim registration is available is for those who have met all the requirements of Practicing registration except the passing of the Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Canada Examination. These applicants must have (a) finished their course work and (b) applied to write the next scheduled exam. Applicants are no longer required to have a job offer, but these Interim registrations are subject to the following conditions:
- to practice only under the supervision of a Registered Psychiatric Nurse or Registered Nurse;
- not to be in charge of a unit or service;
- to use only the title Psychiatric Nurse, not Registered Psychiatric Nurse; and
- expiry in 6 months or an earlier date specified by CRPNBC (usually until the registrant has passed or failed the examination).
An Interim registrant who has been notified that they have passed the national examination must convert to Practicing or Non-practicing status within a short period of time specified by CRPNBC or cease their registration. An Interim registrant who has been notified that they have failed the national exam must cease their registration unless they apply to renew their Interim registration.
Lapsed status results if an individual is practicing and continues to be employed (or be in independent practice) as an RPN but fails to renew in time by the last day of February. If a registrant is Lapsed, they cannot work as an RPN even though they are employed – they must take a leave until their Practicing registration is reinstated.
A Practicing registrant who fails to renew by the last day of February but continues to be employed (or be in independent practice) will become Lapsed until 90 days later (until May 29). After May 29, their status will be converted to Inactive. If they apply for reinstatement within the 90 days, they will be reinstated if they:
- Meet all the requirements for renewal as a Practicing registrant; and
- Pay an additional fee equal to 20 per cent of the annual registration fee. [Bylaw 51(1)]
A Practicing registrant who fails to renew by the last day of February but continues to be employed (or be in independent practice) and applies for reinstatement more than 90 days later must be referred to the Registration Committee, which may permit the applicant to be reinstated if they:
- Meet all the requirements for renewal as a Practicing registrant and
- Pay an additional fee equal to 35 per cent of the annual registration fee. [Bylaw 51(2)]
Suspended status applies to a registrant whose registration has been suspended through some form of regulatory action for a limited time or pending some event. A suspended registrant may not work as an RPN.
Revoked status applies to those whose registrations have been cancelled through some form of regulatory action and who require approval by the Registration Committee to be reinstated.
Reinstatement to the Practicing register – A former registrant, except one whose registration was suspended or revoked, or a Non-practicing registrant may be reinstated to the Practicing register if they:
- Provide proof of having met the competency requirements (1400 hours of practice in the last 5 years);
- Pay the required fees and any other payments owed to the CRPNBC;
- Attest that they are in compliance with the HPA, regulations, CRPNBC bylaws and any regulatory conditions imposed;
- Provide evidence of good character and fitness to practice; and
- Authorize and pass a criminal record check if this has not been done in the last 5 years. [Bylaw 52]
An individual who has not practiced 1400 hours in the last 5 years must first complete an approved psychiatric nursing refresher program before they will be granting Practicing registration [Bylaw 52(2)(a)]. They must also pay the initial registration fee in addition to the annual practice fee.
An individual who has practiced 1400 hours in the last 5 years but who has not held Practicing status in the last 2 years must pay a reinstatement fee equal to 20% of the annual practice fee [Bylaw 52(1)(d)] in addition to the annual practice fee.
An individual who has practiced 1400 hours in the last 5 years and has been out of practice less than 2 years does not have to pay the additional 20% fee.
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