The proposed amendments would change the QA program's basic practice hours requirement so that a successful completion of a post-basic degree in nursing/nursing-related field within the previous five-year period, or current enrollment in such a program, are options for registrants to meet the basic practice hours requirement on renewal or reinstatement of registration.
At present, bylaw
5.05(e), Basic Practice Hours Requirement, allows individuals who were enrolled
in a program satisfactory to the Registration Committee at any point in the
previous five year period, to meet the basic practice hours requirement for
practising status. This is the case even if they do not have recent RN practice
and have not continued their academic studies.
The proposed bylaw amendments reflect the principle that only those individuals who have either completed a degree program within the last five years or are currently enrolled in a program satisfactory to the Registration Committee will meet the basic practice hour requirement. The latter is being proposed to address educational program requirements that post-graduate nursing students must hold practising status with CRNBC.