Students registered with BCCNM as employed student nurses (ESNs) or employed student psychiatric nurses (ESPNs) may carry out nursing activities as a registrant. Employed student registrant (ESR) practice is about consolidating current learning by working within the competencies attained in an educational program.
On Jan. 10, 2022,
the BCCNM board approved a temporary exemption with conditions to BCCNM standards of practice pertaining to employed student registrants allowing them to perform COVID-19 testing specimen collection under the regulatory supervision of a registered nurse (RN), registered psychiatric nurse (RPN), or nurse practitioner (NP).
The BCCNM practice standard Use of Title requires ESRs to use the titles "Employed Student Nurse" and "ESN" or "Employed Student Psychiatric Nurse" and "ESPN" to inform others that the student's registration status is that of a learner and not a fully qualified professional.
ESRs are responsible and accountable for their practice. The documents referenced below apply to ESRs even if the documents refer to practising nurses. If an ESR has a practice concern, they should speak with their supervising nurse first and, if necessary, contact a BCCNM Regulatory Practice Consultation at email@example.com.
maintain enrollment in a recognized entry-level registered nursing or psychiatric nursing education program
work only in the authorized workplace
work under the supervision of a named RN, NP or RPN who is physically present and readily available to provide direction. Note that LPNs are not authorized to supervise ESNs or ESPNs
never be solely responsible for the care of clients
In order to work as a nursing student in a health care setting, you must be registered with BCCNM as an employed student registrant.
Your employer would need to designate a manager or nurse supervisor for you to report to and make sure a nurse with the appropriate scope of practice was physically present to provide regulatory supervision when you were working.
As an employed student registrant, you would need to meet the requirements set out in the
Employed Student Registrants practice standard.
No, you are only required to register when you are working in an employed student registrant role.
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