The British Columbia PNP requires nurses to be registered with the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses in BC in order to be able to practice as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse in the province. Basic registration requirements for these professionals include:
Unregistered psychiatric nurses must apply to the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses in order to be evaluated for registration eligibility. Below are a few application requirements:
- The applicant must hold a diploma in psychiatric nursing. A graduate or an undergraduate degree in the same is also acceptable.
- The applicant may also hold a general nursing diploma. An advanced diploma or graduate, as well an undergraduate in psychiatric nursing are accepted as well.
- Applicants who belong to non-English speaking nations must produce evidence of their proficiency in English language.
- Applicants must produce the proof of the completion of registration exam in Alberta, Manitoba, British Columbia, or Saskatchewan.
- Character certificate.
- Proof of fulfilling the requirement of 1400 hours of minimum practice hours over the recent 5 years.
By now, it is clear that psychiatric nurses who are the practicing health professionals in the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses are termed as registered psychiatric nurses in British Columbia. A applicant is required to fulfill the requirement of either becoming a practicing CRPNBC member or must possess an Interim Practice Permit (while the applicant awaits for the completion of practicing requirements for the registration) in order to practice as a psychiatric nurse in the province of British Columbia. The CRPNBC is responsible for the issuance of the permit to nurses who have been evaluated by the suitable regulatory body to work as a psychiatric nurse in the province. For more information, contact an Immigration and Visa Consultant!