If you are currently a practising registrant and will be taking a leave (or maternity leave) from nursing, you have the option of maintaining your registration, becoming a former registrant or converting to non-practising registration.
Learn more on the Leaving or Returning to practice page.
If your leave from practice/maternity leave starts
AFTER April 1, you must renew. After your leave starts, you can apply for a pro-rated refund on your registration fees.
do not need to convert to non-practising registration while you are on leave.
The process to reinstate to practising registration is the same, regardless of whether you hold non-practising registration or you let your registration lapse.
If you will not be practising after March 31 and want to cancel your registration, you have two options:
Notify BCCNM: Log on to
your BCCNM account and click "Cancel". BCCNM will automatically cancel your registration as of April 1, and you will no longer recieve renewal reminders.
Do nothing! If you do not renew your registration, your registration will lapse and you will become a former registrant (renewal reminders will continue until March 31).
If you cancelled your registration or became a non-practising registrant before you went on leave (including maternity leave) and are gearing up to return to practice, what you need to do depends on your return to work date. Instructions on how to reinstate your registration can be found on the
Leaving or Returning to Practice page.
Reinstatement applications take longer to process because we need to review when you last practised, as well as evidence of good character, fitness to practice and competency requirements.
You cannot return to work until you have received a confirmation email from BCCNM that you have been granted practising registration. After your reinstatement is approved, your updated status will also be listed on our
nurse verification tool.
Check with your employer and/or disability insurance company before you make changes to your status. Some disability carriers or employers may require you to maintain practising registration to receive benefits.