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(College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC)
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Starting Sept. 1, 2016, all applicants—including B.C. graduates—who apply for initial RN registration must complete the jurisprudence learning module.
Jurisprudence is a legal term that refers to the study or knowledge of law. Nursing jurisprudence is law that relates specifically to nursing practice. All nurses (especially IENs) should be familiar with the laws and legislation that affects their practice.
The jurisprudence module topics are free and convenient that can be accessed and learned at the IEN’s own pace.
The jurisprudence learning module explores how jurisprudence applies to a nurse's practice. The module takes about 1.5 hours to complete. There are several case studies, related resources and self-quizzes to help nurses learn about jurisprudence. The jurisprudence module is suitable for nurses at any stage of their nursing career.
If you apply for initial RN registration after Aug. 31, 2016, you must declare on your application that you have completed the jurisprudence module.There is no formal jurisprudence exam or quiz required to meet CRNBC's registration requirements.
Why jurisprudence is being introduced
Nursing regulatory bodies across Canada have added or are working toward adding a jurisprudence component to their registration processes. Nursing regulators across Canada want to increase awareness of jurisprudence amongst nurses because it is in the best interest of the public.
All applicants must meet CRNBC's English requirements.
If you have completed the NNAS process, you may still need to provide us with English fluency test. You can take either the IELTS or CELBAN.
IELTS Required scores are - Speaking 7.0; Listening 7.5; Reading 6.5 and Writing 7.0. Overall band score should be 7.0
CELBAN Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses – required scores are - Speaking 8.0; Listening 10.0; Reading 8.0; Writing 7.0
Contact info and test sites in BC http://www.celbancentre.ca/
Stage 1 – Apply to NNAS
The National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) is the organization that all internationally educated registered nurses must apply to before applying for registration in B.C.
The NNAS collects and assesses your documents and information. After the NNAS reviews and assesses your application, they will prepare an advisory report.
Please note: All requests and communication about this part of the process should be directed to the NNAS. After you complete the NNAS process, you need to apply to CRNBC. CRNBC will access your NNAS file and complete its own review of your application.
NNAS Application Process
Before applying to the College, all internationally educated nurses (IENs) must first apply through the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS). NNAS is a national online application service developed by nursing regulatory bodies across Canada.
NNAS is the mandatory first step for any IEN applicant who:
For more information about this new first step in the IEN application process, please visit www.nnas.ca.
Stage 2 - Apply to CRNBC
CRNBC uses your NNAS report to assess your application. Please read the FAQ section on their website for details, including requirements and timeframes.
After your NNAS application is complete, they will send you an email to let you know that you can apply to CRNBC.
Stage 3: SEC assessment
Nursing education and practice has evolved differently in different parts of the world. As part of the application process, most internationally-educated applicants are required to complete a Substantially Equivalent Competency (SEC) assessment. The SEC assessment looks at your nursing knowledge and practice and shows us how it matches what we expect of nurses that completed their nursing program in B.C.
The assessment evaluates entry level competencies; it does not look at expert levels of nursing practice. Entry level competencies are the competences that new graduates from a B.C nursing program are required to have. You may need to familiarize yourself with BC graduates entry level knowledge before you complete the SEC assessment.
If there are differences, you will be required to complete supplementary education before you can write the national nursing exam.
Stage 4: Assessed registration requirements (supplementary education and exam)
Once you have completed the SEC assessment,* a report will be sent to CRNBC summarizing the details of your assessment and identifying where differences in practice may exist in comparison to a BC grad. Coursework will normally be recommended. Using this report and all of the documentation and information from your application, we will do an assessment and determine your registration requirements.
You will be emailed an assessment letter outlining your registration requirements. The two main requirements will be related to the coursework you must complete (if applicable) and the national nursing exam. The email will include information about the order in which you must complete your requirements. For example, any required supplementary education (PDF) must normally be completed prior to working with provisional registration or writing the national nursing exam.
See How long does the process take? on the Applying page.
*If you were not required to complete an SEC, you will be assessed when your application is complete
After Applying with CRNBC
Will I have to complete coursework?
Once we have a complete application, including the SEC results, we will assess your application and determine your registration requirements. You will be informed in your emailed assessment letter what, if any, coursework is required. The coursework will need to be completed prior to commencing employment or writing the national nursing exam.
Please review Registered Nurse Supplementary Education for Internationally Educated Nurses information sheet to learn about what type of coursework may be required.
When do I submit a Criminal Record check and Statutory Declaration?
We will notify you when these need to be submitted; do not submit prior to receiving a request to do so. When required, all applicants will be asked for consent to complete a Criminal Record Check (CRC). The fee for the CRC is currently $28. Your consent and fee is submitted to us then forwarded to the B. C. Ministry of Justice. Your consent and fee must be collected before you will be able to write the national nursing exam or apply for Provisional RN registration.
When required, all applicants will be sent a statutory declaration (form 11) and have the form notarized by a notary public or another person authorized to take an affidavit. The notarized form must be submitted before you will be able to write the national nursing exam or apply for Provisional RN registration.
Can I work before I write the exam?
Provisional registration is a form of registration that allows you to practice with limits and conditions on your registration while you prepare to write the National Nursing Exam.
You will be eligible for this status when you are in Stage 4 of the application process and you have completed any required supplementary education. If you are not required to complete coursework, you will be eligible at the time you are assessed. Once you are sent the application, you will need to find an employer to complete the employer section of the application.
The following are examples of conditions likely to be attached to your registration at this stage* and reflect the outstanding national nursing exam requirement and employment restrictions:
*additional or different conditions may be applied in certain situations
When can I write the national nursing exam?
All other requirements must be met to be eligible to write the national nursing exam. You will be eligible to write the national nursing exam when you are in Stage 4 of the application process and you have completed all other registration requirements, including the required supplementary education. When you are eligible to write the exam, you will be sent a link to the online application.
If you pass
If you fail
I have already passed the NCLEX. Do I have to take it again?
If you have any questions, please contact CRNBC at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “NCLEX.”.
Application fees for international applications:
1. NNAS fee
2. CRNBC fee, which is paid in two parts:
Authors & Contributors
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