Nursing (Registered)

The College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia is the regulatory body established for the health profession of nursing.

Nursing has been a designated health profession under the Health Professions Act since August 19, 2005, and is regulated by the College in accordance with the Act, the Nurses (Registered) and Nurse Practitioners Regulation and the bylaws of the College.

Nursing has been a regulated profession under British Columbia legislation since 1918. Before designation under the Health Professions Act, the profession was regulated under the Nurses (Registered) Act.

The composition of the board of the College is:

  • nine elected RNs; and
  • five public representatives appointed by the Minister.

Transition of Nursing to the Health Professions Act

Repeal of the Nurses (Registered) Act was provided for in the Health Professions Amendment Act, 2003.

As required by the Health Professions Act, the Ministry gave notice of the proposed Nurses (Registered) and Nurse Practitioners Regulation on November 2, 2004.

On January 12, 2005, the Registered Nurses Association of BC gave notice of proposed bylaws for the new College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia under the Health Professions Act.

On June 28, 2005, the Nurses (Registered) and Nurse Practitioners Regulation was enacted, designating the profession of nursing under the Health Professions Act.

On July 13, 2005, the Minister appointed the first board of the new College, and ordered that the first election of professional members to the board must be held by September 1, 2006.

On August 19, 2005, the new College assumed full responsibility for regulating the profession, replacing the Registered Nurses Association of BC which ceased operations as of that date. In the course of this transition, nurse practitioners became a recognized class of registered nurse.

Operation of the Nurses (Registered) Act was suspended from August 19, 2005, until its repeal came into force effective April 1, 2006, at which time the Registered Nurses Association of BC was formally dissolved.

The first election of professional members to the board was completed on September 1, 2006.

Amendments to the Nurses (Registered) and Nurse Practitioners Regulation

Amendments to the Nurses (Registered) and Nurse Practitioners Regulation and to most College bylaws are subject to a three-month notice period, unless the Minister specifies a shorter period.

The College is responsible for giving notice of proposed bylaw amendments, including posting them on the College website, and all bylaw amendments must be filed with the Minister to be effective. Filed bylaws come into force 60 days after the date of filing, unless the Minister either disallows the change or specifies an earlier date, or the College withdraws the change.

The full text of the current bylaws and information about any proposed bylaw amendments may be obtained by contacting the College. Comments on proposed bylaw amendments should be submitted to both the College and the Ministry.

 

Proposed Regulation Amendments Notice Date
There are no proposed amendments.

 

 

Approved Regulation Amendments Date
Amends the Nurses (Registered) Regulation to ensure appropriate standards are in place regarding Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) activities by requiring the College to set Standards for registrants relating to MAID that are enforceable through provincial law, and that make non-adherence to the Standards a provincial offence. Similar changes have been made to the Medical Practitioners Regulation and the Pharmacists Regulation. July 26, 2016
MO 285/2016
BC Reg 201/2016
Amends the Nurses (Registered) Regulation regarding the profession's scope of practice and restricted activities. December 3, 2015
MO 405/2015
BC Reg 226/2015
Amends the Nurses (Registered) and Nurse Practitioners Regulation to add "apply laser for the purpose of destroying tissue" to the list of restricted activities that registered nurses may perform under an order. June 29, 2010
MO 194/2010
BC Reg 213/2010
Amends the Nurses (Registered) and Nurse Practitioners Regulation to change the repeal date of section 10 (transitional re: certified practices) from October 31, 2009 to March 31, 2010. October 30, 2009
MO 246/2009
BC Reg 255/2009
Amends the Nurses (Registered) and Nurse Practitioners Regulation to authorize registered nurses to compound, dispense and administer Schedule I drugs for the purpose of treating symptoms of influenza-like-illness, without an order from a medical practitioner or other prescribing health professional. October 26, 2009
MO 243/2009
BC Reg 250/2009
Amends the Nurses (Registered) and Nurse Practitioners Regulation to correct a technical drafting error in section 6. June 4, 2009
MO 147/2009
BC Reg 162/2009
Amends the Nurses (Registered) and Nurse Practitioners Regulation regarding the profession's scope of practice and restricted activities. April 9, 2009
MO 131/2009
BC Reg 157/2009
Makes the Nurses (Registered) and Nurse Practitioners Regulation, effective October 17, 2008. October 15, 2008
MO 244/2008
BC Reg 284/2008
Repeals the Nurses (Registered) and Nurse Practitioners Regulation (BC Reg 233/2005), effective October 17, 2008.

Continues the designation of nursing under the Health Professions Designation Regulation, effective October 17, 2008.
October 10, 2008
OIC 737/2008
BC Reg 270/2008
Amends the Nurses (Registered) and Nurse Practitioners Regulation to provide that section 10.1 is repealed on January 1, 2009. July 6, 2007
OIC 519/2007
BC Reg 247/2007
Amends the Nurses (Registered) and Nurse Practitioners Regulation by repealing and replacing section 11 (1) (f). May 12, 2006
OIC 336/2006
BC Reg 128/2006
Makes amendments to various regulations consequential to enacting the Nurses (Registered) and Nurse Practitioners Regulation, effective August 19, 2005. June 28, 2005
OIC 475/2005
BC Reg 232/2005
Enacts the Nurses (Registered) and Nurse Practitioners Regulation effective August 19, 2005, and suspends the operation of the Nurses (Registered) Act until April 1, 2006 except as required for winding up the Registered Nurses Association of BC. The Nurses (Registered) Act is repealed on April 1, 2006. June 28, 2005
OIC 476/2005
BC Reg 233/2005       

 

Filed Bylaw Amendments Date
Amends section 4.11 of the bylaws regarding Provisional Registration of neonatal nurses.

Filed March 27, 2017
In force March 31, 2017      MO 143/2017

Amends the bylaws relating to Quality Assurance.

Filed January 16, 2017
In force January 18, 2017  MO 012/2017

Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing schedule D (fees). Filed November 1, 2016
In force January 1, 2017
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing schedule D (fees). Filed December 4, 2015
In force January 1, 2016
MO 411/2015
Amends the bylaws regarding audits of registrant compliance with quality assurance requirements. Filed July 29, 2015
In force September 27, 2015
Amends the bylaws by amending s. 1.24: Nurse Practitioner Standards Committee; s.6.13: Notices to Pharmacists and Licensed Dealers of Narcotics and Controlled Drugs; and ss. 1.14(11)(c) and 4.17(b). Filed July 29, 2015
In force August 7, 2015

Amends the bylaws by adding one education program to Schedule C.

Filed July 29, 2015
In force August 7, 2015

Amends the bylaws by amending section 4.03(5) regarding reinstatement applications. Filed March 24, 2015
In force April 5, 2015
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing forms 6 and 8. Filed January 6, 2015
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing schedule D (fees). Filed January 5, 2015
In force January 6, 2015
MO 003/2015
Amends section 1.26 and Schedule E of the bylaws regarding the certified practices approval committee. Filed July 28, 2014
Amends section 8.02 of the bylaws to reflect the current state of the captive insurance company. Filed July 17, 2014
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Forms 2, 5, 7 and 12. Filed February 26, 2014
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule D (fees) Filed February 3, 2014
Amends various sections of the bylaws to change the annual deadline for renewal of registration from March 1 of each year to the last day of February of each year. Filed October 12, 2013
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule C, to add one education program. Filed July 9, 2013
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Form 11. Filed August 31, 2012
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Form 5. Filed August 13, 2012
Amends the bylaws regarding nurse practitioner registration requirements, the nurse practitioner standards and examination committees, the nurse practitioner objective structured clinical examination and the new 'grandparented nurse practitioner' registration class. Filed July 23, 2012
In force July 24, 2012
MO 161/2012
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Form 8.1A. Filed March 7, 2012
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule C, to remove three education programs. Filed February 10, 2012
Amends the bylaws by adding a program to Schedule C (recognized nursing education programs). Filed November 15, 2011
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Form 10. Filed October 18, 2011
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing sections 5.01 and 5.11 regarding assessments of professional performance and the related use and disclosure of aggregated anonymous information. Filed October 18, 2011
Amends the bylaws regarding nurse practitioner registration requirements, the nurse practitioner standards and examination committees, the nurse practitioner objective structured clinical examination, and certain minor housekeeping changes. Filed October 12, 2011
In force October 13, 2011
MO 274/2011
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing section 1.09 (2) regarding removal of elected board members from office. Filed May 30, 2011
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Form 12. Filed March 29, 2011
In force March 30, 2011
MO 074/2011
Amends various sections and Schedule E of the bylaws regarding eligibility and continuing competence requirements for certified practice. Filed March 16, 2011
Amends section 2.15 of the bylaws regarding the effect of resolutions at general meetings. Filed March 8, 2011
Amends the bylaws by repealing Schedule A (former electoral districts). Filed March 8, 2011
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Form 10. Filed February 18, 2011
In force March 1, 2011
MO 062/2011
Amends section 1.14 of the bylaws regarding quorum for meetings of board review panels. Filed December 30, 2010
In force December 31, 2010
MO 373/2010
Amends the bylaws to divide student registration into the classes of grandparented student registrants and employed student registrants, effective March 1, 2011. Filed December 30, 2010
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule D (fees), effective March 1, 2011. Filed December 22, 2010
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule D (fees). Filed December 22, 2010
In force January 1, 2011
MO 370/2010
Amends the bylaws regarding reinstatement of registration and other matters. Filed October 13, 2010
In force October 14, 2010
MO 283/2010
Amends the bylaws regarding size and composition of board, terms of office of elected board members and other matters. Filed March 30, 2010
In force April 1, 2010
MO 096/2010
Amends the bylaws regarding nurse practitioner standards committee composition and requirements for reinstatement of registration. Filed December 23, 2009
In force January 1, 2010
MO 300/2009
Amends the bylaws by repealing Form 8.1 and replacing it with Form 8.1A and Form 8.1B. Filed December 14, 2009
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule D (fees), effective March 1, 2010. Filed December 11, 2009
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule D (fees). Filed December 11, 2009
In force December 16, 2009
MO 284/2009
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Form 5 and adding a new Form 8.1. Filed December 2, 2009
In force December 16, 2009
MO 284/2009
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Form 3. Filed November 9, 2009
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Form 3. Filed October 20, 2009
Repeals and replaces the bylaws in their entirety. Filed October 14, 2009
In force October 14, 2009
MO 221/2009
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Form 5, and repealing Forms 26 and 41. Filed September 15, 2009
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Form 12. Filed June 22, 2009
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule D (fees). Filed May 20, 2009
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Forms 6 and 8 and adding a new Form 4.1. Filed May 6, 2009
Amends sections 2.11, 2.12 and 2.14 regarding general meetings. Filed April 20, 2009
In force April 20, 2009
MO 136/2009
Amends Schedule C (recognized nursing education programs). Filed April 15, 2009
Amends section 4.05 regarding registration of licensed graduate nurses. Filed March 18, 2009
Amends Section 2.02 of the bylaws to add a provision allowing the registrar to establish forms for the purposes of the bylaws. Filed February 11, 2009
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule D (fees). Filed December 17, 2008
In force January 1, 2009
MO 029/2009
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Form 14 and revising Forms 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13 and 15. Filed December 1, 2008
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Form 6. Filed October 17, 2008
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing section 2.04 respecting the College fiscal year. Filed October 17, 2008
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Forms 6 and 8. May 16, 2008
Deposited
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Forms 3, 4 and 12. March 4, 2008
Deposited
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Forms 2 and 14. January 8, 2008
Deposited
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Forms 2 and 14. December 21, 2007
Deposited
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule D (fees). November 30, 2007
Deposited
Amends the bylaws to : 1) remove the ‘voting delegate’ model and allow all registrants in good standing who are present to vote at general meetings of the College; 2) provide for nomination committee members to be appointed by the board instead of elected by registrants; 3) correct some typographical errors and make some minor housekeeping changes to improve transparency regarding the non-eligibility of short-term (i.e., emergency or special event) registrants to vote in board elections or general meetings. November 22, 2007
OIC 802/2007
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Form 14. November 1, 2007
Deposited
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Form 2. August 8, 2007
Deposited
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Form 5. April 5, 2007
Deposited
Approves bylaw amendments allowing student registration for students enrolled in RN education programs in other provinces. March 14, 2007
OIC 151/2007
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Forms 2, 5 and 10. January 18, 2007
Deposited
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Form 11. December 5, 2006
Deposited
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule D (fees). December 5, 2006
Deposited
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Form 10. November 3, 2006
Deposited
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Form 4. November 2, 2006
Deposited
Approves an amendment to Schedule C of the bylaws (recognized nursing education programs). September 7, 2006
OIC 645/2006
Approves amendments to the bylaws establishing a nurse practitioner examination committee and extending the maximum allowable period of temporary nurse practitioner registration from one year to two years. July 20, 2006
OIC 574/2006
Approves amendments to Schedule C of the bylaws (recognized nursing education programs). July 13, 2006
OIC 522/2006
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Forms 9 and 10. June 20, 2006
Deposited
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Form 12. June 20, 2006
Deposited
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Form 2 and Form 10. May 12, 2006
Deposited
Approves amendments to the bylaws to allow temporary registration for special events. May 11, 2006
OIC 335/2006
Amends Schedule D of the bylaws to correct a typographical error in the registration renewal fee for licensed graduate nurses. February 10, 2006
Deposited
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule D (fees). December 19, 2005
Deposited
Amends the bylaws in section 6 of Form 11. November 10, 2005
Deposited
Makes the bylaws of the College. August 19, 2005
Deposited
Approves the bylaws of the College if made by the Board before August 26, 2005, and makes section 159 to 164 of the Business Corporations Act apply to the College. June 28, 2005
OIC 477/2005

 

Other Date
Exempts the College from tax on the transfer of certain real property from the Registered Nurses' Association of BC (Property Transfer Tax Exemption Regulation No. 8). December 9, 2005
OIC 872/2005
BC Reg 360/2005       
Orders that the College is added to Schedule 3 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. October 21, 2005
MO 212/2005
BC Reg 314/2005
Appoints the first board of the College and orders that the first election of professional members to the board must be held on or before September 1, 2006. July 13, 2005
MO 148/2005