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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. 

  1. The proposed amendments, if approved, will make the OSCE a registration requirement for nurse practitioners once again. In doing so, the Bylaws have been updated to reinstitute the responsibility for developing and scoring the examination to the Nurse Practitioner Examination Committee and for considering re-scores of the OSCE.
  2. Those individuals registered as nurse practitioners between September 30, 2011 and the in-effect date of the proposed changes, and who choose not to complete the OSCE, will be assigned to the “grandparented nurse practitioner” class. Grandparented nurse practitioners will be required to practice under the supervision requirements as set out in the Standards, Limits and Conditions for Nurse Practitioners. Also, registrants in this class must maintain their registration from year-to-year through regular and timely renewals. Any grandparented nurse practitioner who fails to renew will not be entitled to reinstate as a grandparented nurse practitioner.

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.

 Proposed bylaw amendment

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