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2023-24 Registration fees: Employed student nurses (ESNs and ESPNs)

Dec 2, 2022

​The BCCNM Board recently approved fees for the 2023-24 registration year. A summary of fee changes is provided below; check the fees page for a full list of fees for employed student nurses (ESNs) and employed student psychiatric nurses (ESPNs). 

BCCNM registration fees​​

In 2023-24, employed student nurses will pay $241.56 in BCCNM registration fees, a 16% increase over last year ($33.51).

ESN + ESPN fees
BCCNM registration fee


Liability protection and association membership

ESNs and ESPNs are required to have professional liability protection, provided by the Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS). Nurses pay for their liability protection during registration renewal, and will have two options: 

Option 1: Bundle liability protection with association (NNPBC) membership.
Option 2: Pay for liability protection only. 

With both options, the liability protection you receive is the same. For more information on liability protection and your options, visit the professional liability protection pages for registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses


BCCNM collects fees on behalf of the association and CNPS. CNPS fees remain unchanged for 2023-24. NNPBC fees have risen 15% this year, to $24.15 (including GST). Read more about 2023-24 association fees on the NNPBC website

Total fees

option 1: liability protection + association membership
Option 2: liability protection only
BCCNM registration fee
Liability protection
Association membership

*Includes GST

Why are fees going up?

We understand that nurses and midwives may be frustrated that our fees are increasing this year, particularly when working in healthcare is so challenging. This increase is due to a number of factors, including:

  • Inflation: the college, like everyone else, is dealing with high inflation rates.

  • Savings in reserve: last year, the board appro​ved​ a conservative average fee increase to give some reprieve to our registrants. This meant BCCNM used savings to cover costs associated with running the college. Our savings are now running low, and we can’t mitigate fee increases to the same extent for 2023.

  • Cultural safety and humility: this year, BCCNM upheld its commitme​nt to making our health system more culturally safe for Indigenous clients, including the publication of a new practice standard and learning resources to support registrants.

  • Pandemic costs, including complying with PHO orders and directives.

  • Government directives and requests: new legislationinitia​tives, and revised nursing and midwifery regulations including policy work regarding medical assistance in dying, medical aesthetics​, and RN/RPN opioid agonist treatment (OAT) prescribing.

  • More complex investigations and files: recent increases in complaints and issues have led to higher costs associated with upholding nursing and midwifery standards.

  • Amalgamation: BCCNM continues to transition policies, processes and IT systems to support the amalgamation of four colleges. This work will increase our long-term efficiency and effectiveness for nurses, midwives, the public accessing our systems, and our teams.

The BCCNM board, with help from the Finance and Audit Committee, continues to work with BCCNM’s leadership to ensure the college uses its resources wisely and can effectively deliver on its mandate.

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