Road Map

Toward a national nursing assessment service

The saying goes, “Think globally, act locally.” In the case of Canadian nurse regulators, we are moving toward a uniform approach nationally in response to global trends and changes. A big challenge has been ensuring that entry requirements for internationally educated nurses are transparent and consistent across Canada. We are acting locally to develop a common approach covering LPNs, RNs and RPNs, through the creation of a National Nursing Assessment Service. The assessment service is the first of its kind for nursing in Canada. It will allow nurse regulators to be consistent in credentialing and assessing internationally educated nurses. It means that internationally educated nurses applying for registration in multiple jurisdictions in Canada will have their application assessed once rather than once in each jurisdiction. We believe this will: enhance public protection while reducing costs for these nurses, create a consistent approach to assessment, and help streamline the application process […]

A more robust quality assurance program

The College is working hard to deliver a more robust and relevant program to encourage professional development and promote high practice standards for nursing. You’re familiar with continuing competence. We’re now calling it our Quality Assurance Program. I hope you’ve had a chance to read about it on our website and in the College newsletter, Nursing Matters. When you complete your online registration renewal in 2013, you will see a change on the renewal form — you’ll be asked to complete a self-assessment questionnaire. This questionnaire is a tool to help you do what has always been a professional requirement — a self-assessment in support of your continuing competence and professional development. QA Personal […]

Working toward the new RN exam

Earlier this year we joined nursing regulators across Canada in an agreement to develop and deliver a computerized adaptive test (CAT), the NCLEX-RN® Examination, in Canada beginning in January 2015. With 26 months to prepare for the exam, there’s a lot of work to do to make sure everything is in place for the 2015 exam. We’re pleased to have educators, nurse leaders and fellow RN regulators from throughout Canada engaged as we work on bringing the new exam to B.C. Canadian nurse regulators are beginning preparations: Recruiting exam question writers and reviewers Delivering a webinar on December 3 for RN educators and other interested stakeholders Organizing a conference about the NCLEX exam in Spring 2013. At the College, we’re aware the new exam format, the Computerized Adaptive Test (CAT), […]