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NP: leaving nursing practice

​​​Changing your registration status from practising to non-practising or inactive

What you should know

  • When you have non-practising or inactive registration status, you cannot work or volunteer as a nurse practitioner in B.C.  
  • While your status is non-practising or inactive, you no longer have prescribing authority. Refills and part-fills on existing prescriptions will no longer be valid. It is your obligation to set a plan for patients in your care to obtain valid prescriptions from a different prescriber.
  • When you apply to change your status in the future — if more than 90 days lapses from the last time you held practising registration, you must submit a notarized statutory declaration (Form 11) with your change status application.  
  • Refunds are pro-rated based on an annual fee. 
  • You are not required to change your registration status from practising to non-practising/inactive if you don't plan to practise nursing, e.g., you're retiring. 

Leaving​​ nursing practice due to disability/illness

Check with your employer and/or disability insurance company to make sure you understand all of the implications of changing your status to non-practising or inactive status. Some disability carriers or employers may require you to maintain practising registration to receive benefits.

Ready to start?

  • Sign in to your account.
  • Select "Change status" to start the process. You may have to complete a criminal l record check if you haven't completed one in the past five years. ​
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