On January 9, the Government of BC announced funding to support former nurses to return to practice after an extended absence. These bursaries will be available by the end of January 2023; for more information please contact Health Match BC at
If you are planning on leaving or returning to practice during or shortly after the renewal period, there are specific dates and deadlines to be aware of.
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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 or non-practising registration to receive benefits.
If you are a former or non-practising BCCNM registrant, you must submit a reinstatement application to return to nursing practice. Please submit your reinstatement application at least
one month before your estimated return to work date.
sign in to your BCCNM account to apply for reinstatement. Select "Apply" to start your application.
You may be asked to consent to a
criminal record check (CRC) as an updated CRC is required for any leave from practice longer than 60 days.
Please note: Criminal record check results take a minimum of two weeks to be processed and your application cannot be assessed until the results are received. Please ensure you submit your application at least a month before your return to work date to allow for delays.
You will pay a
reinstatement application fee when your application is submitted. Reinstatement fees are non-refundable, so ensure you are ready to proceed before you pay.
The registration team will contact you if there are outstanding documents that BCCNM needs to proceed with your application.
To avoid delays in processing your application, prepare the following documents before you start your application:
Notarized name change document or marriage certificate: If you have changed your name since you last held practising registration with us. Learn more about accepted forms of identification.
Verification of registration: Complete verification of registration forms for all jurisdiction(s) you are/were registered
since you last held practising registration with us. This form must be received directly from that jurisdiction.
Employment verification: Complete employment verification form(s) for each of your nursing employers within the last five years. This form must be received directly from the employer.