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Regulation of nurses

CRNBC is governed by legislation, bylaws and policies.

Regulation is one of the ways governments serve and protect the public. There are 26 regulated health professions in British Columbia. They are regulated by 22 self-governing bodies and two government-appointed licensing boards.

Regulation helps to protect the public by ensuring that professional care or service received by the public is competent, ethical and meets the standards that society views as acceptable.

CRNBC is the self-governing body empowered under the Health Professions Act to regulate the practice of B.C.'s registered nurses and nurse practitioners. Regulatory functions of CRNBC include:

    • establishing, monitoring and enforcing standards of practice
    • establishing the conditions or requirements for registration
    • establishing and employing registration, inquiry and discipline procedures
    • recognizing nursing education programs and courses in B.C.

Anyone who wants to practise nursing in British Columbia and use the title registered nurse or licensed graduate nurse or nurse practitioner must be registered with CRNBC.

Health Professions Act

The Health Professions Act is umbrella legislation that provides for a common regulatory structure for British Columbia's health professions. The Act empowers CRNBC to regulate the practice of registered nurses and nurse practitioners in British Columbia.

Nurses (Registered) and Nurse Practitioners Regulation

The Nurses (Registered) and Nurse Practitioners Regulation under the Health Professions Act sets out reserved titles, a scope of practice statement and restricted activities for registered nurses and nurse practitioners. 


How CRNBC conducts its business is provided for in the Bylaws. CRNBC's Bylaws are approved by the B.C. government.

Nurses' role in regulation

In addition to electing board members, CRNBC registrants contribute to regulation of the profession by participating in annual general meetings, serving on College committees, providing input into standards development and participating in other CRNBC activities.


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