The following proposed amendments were accepted by government.
On June 15, 2012, the Board of the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia met to consider changes to the College’s Bylaws.
In September 2011, the College Board approved changes to the Bylaws to accommodate requirements under the Labour Mobility Act (LMA) requiring all B.C. regulators to comply with any and all labour mobility and/or trade agreements. As such, the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) for nurse practitioners was removed as a registration requirement and instead became a requirement connected to the standards, limits and conditions for nurse practitioner practice.
On May 1, 2012, the B.C. government introduced changes to both the Health Professions Act (HPA) and LMA, effectively exempting the nurse practitioner profession from LMA requirements. This change thereby provides for the College to return to its pre-September 2011 regulatory framework for nurse practitioners.
The proposed amendments to the College’s Bylaws drafted in consultation with the College’s legal counsel and the Ministry of Health provide for two important shifts in the regulatory framework for nurse practitioners.
Also included in the proposed Bylaw amendments, is a minor amendment to provide an opportunity for the Registration Committee to determine if a registrant’s enrolment in a full-time post-basic nursing education program (such as a masters or doctorate) meets the basic practice hours requirement. The College has received feedback on a number of occasions that the previous requirement of “substantially completing” a post-basic nursing education program is not clear enough.