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Temporary emergency registration


Temporary emergency registration enables eligible individuals to register quickly on a short-term basis to assist with emergency health care response in BC. BCCNM is currently granting temporary emergency registration to assist with COVID-19 pandemic efforts.​

Practising registrants in BC do not need temporary emergency registration.​

Who can apply

Eligible
  • Current non-practising registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs) who are in good standing and meet the practice hours requirement
  • Former B.C. RPN registrants who are in good standing and meet the practice hours requirement 
  • RPNs with current practising registration in good standing in Canada
  • RPNs in the Canadian armed forces.
Not eligible
  • Internationally educated applicants who have not yet submitted an application and/or not met the requirements for practising registration in B.C.
  • Applicants whose record with the college includes evidence of not meeting the good character, fitness or competence to practice requirements

  • Applicants who have not yet passed the exam req​uirement for the nursing role they are applying for (but may be eligible for provisional registration, if the exam is the only requirement outstanding).

  • Applicants who have outstanding Inquiry Commi​ttee matters.

  • Applicants who have been denied registration.

  • Nursing students

Registered nursing and psychiatric nursing students can apply to become employed student registrants to assist with pandemic response.

How to apply

Visit the temporary emergency registration application page​ and follow the instructions. ​​

Te​​mporary emergency registration data

As of March 31, 2021, 973 individuals hold temporary emergency registration. See the breakdown of that number by geographic area below:

Lower Mainland - Coastal
Geographic area1 Total by class Total by area
Lower Mainland – Coastal LPN = 10 129
NP = 0
RN = 118
RPN = 1
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Lower Mainland - Fraser
Geographic area1 Total by class Total by area
Lower Mainland – Fraser LPN = 14
180
NP = 0
RN = 161
RPN = 5
​​​
Interior
Geographic area1 Total by class Total by area
Interior LPN = 18
130
NP = 0
RN = 109
RPN = 3
​​​
Vancouver Island
Geographic area1 Total by class Total by area
Vancouver Island LPN = 13 169
NP = 0
RN = 156
RPN = 0
​​​
North
Geographic area1 Total by class Total by area
North LPN = 4 23
NP = 0
RN = 19
RPN = 0
​​​
Out of province
Geographic area1 Total by class Total by area
Out of province LPN = 58
342
NP = 2
RN = 282
RPN = 0​



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