The BC Supreme Court (Vancouver Registry) on Sept. 26, 2022, granted BCCNM's request for a permanent injunction against former registrant Daniel Prasad of Port Alberni, B.C. Mr. Prasad had been using the reserved titles of “Registered Nurse" and “RN" when he was not a registrant of BCCNM. The permanent injunction prohibits Mr. Prasad from:
In addition, the court ordered Mr. Prasad to pay BCCNM special costs of the petition proceeding, the amount of which will be determined at a later date.
A key purpose of regulation of health professionals is to protect the public. One aspect of regulation is
protecting professional titles—such as registered nurse—to ensure they are used appropriately.
Only individuals who have met the requirements for registration and, once registered, continue to meet the requirements for renewal, may use a
BCCNM encourages all employers, as well as any individual considering hiring a nurse, to check the
public register to ensure they are registered in good standing with BCCNM. If there are any doubts at all about the registration status of a nurse or midwife, employers and members of the public are urged direct an inquiry to the
BCCNM Registration department.
Individuals who do not meet the requirements are not permitted to use a reserved title. This legal restriction assures the public that anyone using one of the reserved nursing titles is entitled to practise nursing in British Columbia.
BCCNM takes the misuse of reserved titles very seriously and will not hesitate to use any of the following legal tools to protect the public:
BCCNM is satisfied this outcome protects the public. We encourage employers, registrants or members of the public with concerns about use of title to
contact the college.