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Scenarios & FAQs

​​The following scenarios are intended to provide an overview of changing your registration status. They do not provide specific calculations of costs or refunds. Change of status applications cost $105 (includes GST). Registration fees/refunds are pro-rated based on a daily rate. Other fees may apply.​​​​

 Returning to practice

Reanna is returning to nursing practice in April after being on mat leave for the past year. She won’t be back at work too long because she’ll be starting her second mat leave in November.
Reanna had non-practising registration during her first mat leave, but she's wondering if she should change it to inactive for her second mat leave.

When Reanna applies to change her registration status to practising from non-practising, she’ll need to send us a notarized statutory declaration (form 11) and pay the $105 change status fee (includes GST) in addition to the pro-rated registration fees.

If Reanna wants a refund when she goes on mat leave in November, she can apply for either non-practising or inactive. She’ll receive a larger refund if she changes her registration to inactive. Regardless of which registration status she chooses, she’ll still have to pay the $105 change status fee.

When Reanna applies to change her registration back to practising after her second mat leave, she’ll need to send us another notarized statutory declaration (form 11) and pay the $105 change status fee in addition to the pro-rated registration fees.

It’s January and Enrico is returning to B.C. after working as a nurse in California for the past three years. He let his registration lapse when he left B.C.

​Enrico needs to apply for practising registration. He’ll need to organize documents* related to his practice in California, a notarized statutory declaration (form 11) and pay the $105 change status fee in addition to the pro-rated registration fees.

*CRNBC will send you employer reference(s) and verification of registration forms. These forms must be completed and submitted  directly to CRNBC by the employer(s) and regulatory body.

 Leaving nursing practice

Anna is going on mat leave in June. She doesn’t plan to return to nursing because she is working with her spouse on a new start-up business.

​I​​f Anna has no intention of returning to nursing practice, her best option is to change her status to inactive. Anna will receive a pro-rated refund less $105 (includes GST) for the change status fee.

Caution: if Anna doesn’t go on mat leave until December or thereafter, she may not be eligible for a refund and could actually owe CRNBC money because the $105 change status fee could negate the pro-rated refund.

If Anna changes her mind and wants to return to practising registration, she’ll need to apply to change her status, which will cost her $105 in addition to the pro-rated registration fee. If more than 90 days lapses from the last time she held practising registration, she’ll need provide us with a notarized a statutory declaration (form 11).​

Reggie is going on parental leave in January, but he plans to return to his nursing practice in September.

​Reggie is taking a short break from his nursing practice. From the perspective of saving the most money, his best option would be to maintain his practising registration because he won’t receive a pro-rated refund. The $105 change status fee  (includes GST) negates his refund. He could even owe CRNBC money.*

When the time comes to renew his registration:

  1. Reggie can let it lapse and then pay the pro-rated registration fee plus the $105 change status fee in September. If he chooses this option, he will need provide us with a Statutory Declaration (form 11) that must be notarized.
  2. Reggie can renew his practising registration. He won’t save any money. He will pay for six months of registration fees while he isn’t practising nursing. 

*Explanation of why Reggie could owe CRNBC money
If Reggie wanted to change his registration to inactive Jan. 10, his refund would be about $72 (58 days remaining in the registration year x $1.23 per day). However, he will be charged $105 for the change status fee. $72 - $105 = -$33. This example is only an estimation. Other fees may apply.

Baljit is retiring in September. She loved her 38 years of nursing, but now she’s looking forward to travelling and spending more time with her family. She plans to volunteer as a nurse for her favourite charity group.

​If Baljit wants to volunteer as a nurse, she’ll need to maintain her practising registration status. Practising registration is required for any nursing practice, including paid employment and volunteering.

Eva is moving to Ontario to take a new job at a hospital in Toronto. She’s leaving in June. She sold her condo and is looking forward to living closer to her parents.

​Eva is m​​aking a permanent move outside B.C. If she wants recoup some of her registration fees, her best option is to apply to change her registration status to inactive. She’ll receive a pro-rated refund less the $105 change status fee (includes GST). If she chooses this option, she’ll no longer be permitted to work or volunteer as a nurse in B.C.

Gail has been offered an administrative role for Northern Health in Prince George. She wonders if she should apply to CRNBC for a refund on her registration as the role doesn’t require RN status.

Gail should consider if she thinks she might want to return to practice later in her career. If she does intend to return to practice in the future, or if she wants to take a role that requires an RN designation, she may not meet the practice hours requirement if she does not maintain her registration. Gail might want to discuss the role with one of CRNBC's regulatory practice consultants to determine if the role at Northern Health could count towards the practice hours requirement if she maintains her registration RN.

If your role is considered to be within the scope of practice for nursing, you can only that time towards the practice hours requirement if you are registered with CRNBC.​

 Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to pay the change status fee every time I change my registration status?

Yes. Each time you change your registration status, you must pay a non-refundable $105 change status fee (includes GST) in addition to the registration fees when applicable.​​

I'm retiring in December. I heard I could end up owing CRNBC money if I apply to change my registration status to inactive. Is this possible?

Yes. If you change your registration status to non-practising or inactive in December and thereafter, you may not receive a refund. You could owe CRNBC money.​ There is a $105 fee for changing your registration status​Refunds are pro-rated based on the annual registration fee. ​Your refund may be less than the change status fee. Contact us​ for more information.​

If I'm not practising nursing, do I need to change my registration status to non-practising or inactive?

​​​​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. You can choose to let your practising regist​ration lapse during the renewal period. You won't be charged a change status fee.

If I change my registration status from practising to non-practising/inactive, will I still be an ARNBC member?

​​​​Non-practising or inactive registration does not include ARNBC membership. However, non-practising or inactive nurses can apply directly to ARNBC for associate membership. Please check with ARNBC​ for more information.

I am a nurse practitioner leaving my practice. What do I need to consider?

As an NP, you are responsible for ending relationships with clients in an appropriate way that both considers their needs and ensures continuity of care.

View our recommendations for nurse practitioners who are leaving practice and learn more about your legal and professional obligations to clients.

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