We have two registration statuses "practising" and "non-practising", there is also third type: those who have an "inactive" registration. What do they all mean?
Most RNs and NPs will only think about these statuses around renewal time ("Do I have "practising" status for the coming year?"). But this isn't always the case. For some nurses a change of status could be needed when life changes. They might move to a different province; they might travel around the world; they may take some time to start a family.
We want to clarify these statuses, if you want to know more about — read on.
We've heard there's some confusion around "non-practising" status or "inactive" registration. Here are the key points to keep in mind:
There are some costs involved if you're leaving or returning to practice. You are required to pay a $105.00 (includes GST) change of status fee each time you change your status. This fee allows CRNBC to process the refund for the unused days in the rest of the registration year.
Our refund policy gives you the flexibility to change your status whenever you'd like. Depending on when you apply for a change of status we will refund you a pro-rated amount. Here's how it works:
When you decide to return to practice there are a number of steps you need to take.
This process should cover most cases. If you have all the required documents, and you meet the requirements (like practice hours) our Registration Assessors will take up to 10 business days to complete your application.
Most registrants will enjoy a straightforward process. But there are times when things can be more complex, and take longer: here are a few examples.
Think carefully about the decision to drop practising registration. If you are in a job that does not require RN registration, but is within the scope of practise of nursing (e.g. some administrative roles in a health authority), you may not have enough practice hours if you want to reinstate your registration later.
For example, if, after five years or more, you want to reinstate your registration because you have a new opportunity that requires RN registration, you will need to meet additional requirements (e.g. completing a re-entry to practice program) to meet the practice hours requirement. You could have used your work hours to meet this requirement if you were registered. If you aren't registered you cannot retroactively count those hours towards this requirement.
Please contact our Registration Assessors if you have any extra questions.