Nursing (Registered Psychiatric)

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

Psychiatric nursing has been a designated health profession under the Health Professions Act since April 16, 1999, and is regulated by the College in accordance with the Act, the Nurses (Registered Psychiatric) Regulation and the bylaws of the College.

Psychiatric nursing has been a regulated profession under British Columbia legislation since 1951. Before designation under the Health Professions Act, the profession was regulated under the Nurses (Registered Psychiatric) Act.

The composition of the board of the College is:

  • six elected RPNs; and
  • three public representatives appointed by the Minister.

Amendments to the Nurses (Registered Psychiatric) Regulation

Amendments to the Nurses (Registered Psychiatric) 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 Date
No proposed regulatory amendments at this time.  
Approved Regulation Amendments Date
Amends the Nurses (Registered Psychiatric) Regulation regarding the profession's scope of practice and restricted activities. December 3, 2015
MO 406/2015
BC Reg 227/2015
Makes the Nurses (Registered Psychiatric) Regulation, effective October 17, 2008.         October 15, 2008
MO 245/2008
BC Reg 285/2008
Repeals the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Regulation (BC Reg 115/99), effective October 17, 2008.

Continues the designation of psychiatric nursing under the Health Professions Designation Regulation, effective October 17, 2008.
October 10, 2008
OIC 737/2008
BC Reg 270/2008
Brings into force the repeal of the Nurses (Registered Psychiatric) Act.

Enacts the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Regulation.
April 16, 1999
OIC 463/99
BC Reg 115/99
Filed Bylaw Amendments Date
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule E, Fees Filed December 5, 2016
In force December 14, 2016
Amends the bylaws by amending Schedule (fees) Filed September 27, 2016
In force November 26, 2016
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing section 31(2), regarding a quorum at general meetings Filed June 21, 2016
In force June 21, 2016
MO 237/2016
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule E (fees). Filed April 18, 2016
In force April 18, 2016
MO 132/2016
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing sections 40(e), 41(1), 41(2)(a) and 45. Filed January 6, 2016
In force January 6, 2016
MO 005/2016
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing the fee schedule. Filed January 6, 2016
In force March 1, 2016
MO 003/2016
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule D (Recognized education programs). Filed July 29, 2015
In force September 5, 2015
Amends the college bylaws by repealing Schedule A and Schedule B (code of ethics and standards of practice). Filed April 15, 2015
In force May 25, 2015
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing the fee schedule. Filed February 10, 2015
In force February 10, 2015
MO 029/2015
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Section 43(1)(g). Filed December 29, 2014
In force January 1, 2015
MO 465/2014, 472/2014
Amends the bylaws by repealing section 23 regarding financial commitments. Filed September 8, 2014
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule E (fees). Filed July 23, 2014
In force August 12, 2014
MO 249/2014
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule E (fees). Filed March 10, 2014
In force March 12, 2014
MO 073/2014
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule E (fees). Filed December 5,
2012
In force December
12, 2012
MO 260/2012
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule E (fees). Filed March 8, 2012
In force March 12,
2012
MO 064/2012
Amends the bylaws regarding fitness-to-practice registration requirements, undertakings related to non-practising registration, and calculation of fees for reinstatement of practising registration. Filed February 22, 2012
In force February 23, 2012
MO 053/2012
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing section 37 regarding disclosure of annual reports, and by adding section 69.1 and Schedules I and J regarding tariffs of costs. Filed July 13, 2011
In force July 19, 2011
MO 184/2011
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule E (fees). Filed January 11, 2011
In force January 12, 2011
MO 005/2011
Approves an amendment to the bylaws to require that registrants maintain a minimum amount of professional liability insurance. June 21, 2007
OIC 472/2007
Amends the bylaws by repealing and replacing Schedule E regarding fees. November 21, 2006
Deposited
Approves an amendment to Schedule E of the bylaws to increase the practicing registration fee. December 14, 2001
OIC 1091/2001
Approves the bylaws of the College. January 25, 2001
OIC 66/2001
 
Other Date
Orders that the date by which the first election must be held is changed to June 1, 2001. December 13, 2000
MO 421/2000
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 July 1, 2000. April 21, 1999
MO 146/99