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Supervised practice experience (SPE) may be an option for non-practising or former registrants who want to return to practice but do not meet the quality assurance​ requirement for practice hours (1,125 hours over five years).

What is supervised practice experience? 

An approved SPE will enable you to have provisional registration​ while you complete at least 400 hours of a practice experience within six months under the guidance and supervision of a qualified nurse preceptor. Following successful completion of an SPE, a registrant is eligible for practisingregistration  with BCCNM.​

Are you eligible?

The first step is to contact BCCNM at register@bccnm.ca to confirm that your situation is appropriate for this option.

To be eligible to complete a supervised practice experience, you need:

  • At least two years of consolidated practice following graduation from a recognized practical nursing education program, and

  • At least two years of Canadian practical nursing practice experience within the previous five years.

In addition, you should:

  • be a self-directed learner

  • be able to independently organize a preceptorship with a BC agency/employer

  • have a background and practice experience in the chosen area of practice

  • be involved in professional activities (e.g. committee work) and continuing education

  • show evidence of preparation to return to practise (e.g. reading journals related to chosen clinical practice area).

How to apply 

If you think supervised practice experience is right for you, contact the Registration team at register@bccnm.ca to request a consultation.​​​