A Supervised Practice Experience (SPE) is an option certain individuals can use to qualify for registration with BCCNM. With an approved SPE proposal, applicants are granted provisional registration for a period of six months in order to complete 400 hours of supervised practice under the guidance and supervision of a qualified preceptor.
Find out more about the roles and responsibilities of the SPE applicant, employer, and preceptor.
The preceptor must:
Have worked at least one year in the chosen practice area
Be competent, willing, and available for every shift worked by the applicant completing the SPE (or an alternate in extenuating circumstances)
It is the responsibility of the preceptor to determine if the applicant meets BCCNM's Standards of Practice by the end of the SPE. The preceptor acts as a resource, role model, mentor, coach, supervisor, and evaluator. It’s important that the preceptor is supportive and encouraging and is able to provide feedback in a tactful and straight forward manner.
Participating in an SPE can potentially increase the workload and stress of a preceptor, especially in the initial stages of the experience. It may be necessary to lighten the workload of the preceptor in the first few weeks.
As issues arise, the preceptor will communicate any difficulties, concerns, alternative objectives, or learning activities with the applicant and area manager.
If practice issues arise that need to be discussed with one of our practice consultants, please contact BCCNM Nursing and Midwifery Practice Support at
If practice issues arise of a serious nature that indicate the nurse is not able to practice safely, you can submit a formal complaint .
Upon implementation of the learning plan, the preceptor will complete a performance appraisal using Form 90: SPE Evaluation Form and submit to BCCNM along with a copy of the completed SPE learning plan.
Learn more about practice limitations of SPE participants and the role of employers in evaluating the SPE.
An SPE may be an opportunity to assess the individual as a potential employee and to decrease costs associated with orientation time if the individual is hired.
As a provisional registrant, applicants completing an SPE are covered by Professional Liability Protection the same as practising RPNs. However, you should discuss the SPE with a member of the Risk Management team, Professional Practice Office, or Human Resources team.