Competence is the integration of knowledge, skills, attitudes, judgment, abilities, experience and the underlying ethical intent of professional nursing practice, in a given context, and in accordance with Standards of Practice.
The RNANT/NU Continuing Competence Program is grounded in the understanding that all RNs and NPs are competent and committed to lifelong learning. The RNANT/NU Bylaw 4 outlines the process for assessing continuing competence and states how an annual random audit of members is conducted. The purpose of the RNANT/NU Continuing Competence Program is to support and demonstrate the ongoing competence of nurses who are practicing as registered nurses and/or nurse practitioners in the Northwest Territories and/or Nunavut.
Do I include the Self-Assessment forms when emailing my learning plan for the previous year? A Self-Assessment tool is provided each year for RNANT/NU members. This tool utilizes the guidelines in the RNANT/NU Standards of Practice. Its purpose is to assist members in identifying areas for further learning and development in their nursing practice. This document does not get handed in to RNANT/NU, it is for you to use when completing your Learning Plan. Submitted Self-Assessments will be shredded.
Do I include any certificates that I have achieved over the registration year? No, these are not handed in with your learning plan. However, the expectation is that if the Registration Committee requests the documents, you must be able to provide the information.
What year is the learning plan for? The Learning Plan to submit is the previous registration year. For example, if you were audited in January of 2020 you would provide the 2019 Learning Plan.
How long do I have to submit the Learning Plan? The legislative expectations are that it is completed by December 31 of each registration year. This means when you are audited in January your Learning Plan is complete and ready to be submitted. There will be no extensions, for any reason, on the deadline date included in the Audit letter.
Self-Assessment Tool: Click here to download the Self-Assessment Tool in PDF.
If you cannot open either of these documents, please contact the office.
All RNANT/NU members are required to complete an annual Continuing Competence Plan (CCP) as part of the RNANT/NU Continuing Competence Program. If you are licensed with the RNANT/NU as an active practicing RN or NP, you are required to complete your annual CCP using the template provided.
2018 Learning Plan: Click here to download in Word.
2019 Learning Plan: Click here to download in Word.
All members are required to identify 2 learning needs at the beginning of each calendar year. These learning needs should be grounded in the professional expectations of the Code of Ethics (CNA) and the Standards of Practice for Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners (RNANT/NU). The learning needs should be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely. Two or more specific activities should then be identified to meet learning need.
Prior to Annual Renewal, all members are required to evaluate the effectiveness of their specific activities in meeting their learning needs during the registration year. For example, prior to renewing your registration for 2019, you should evaluate if the activities you completed met the learning needs you identified in your 2018 Learning Plan and have this completed by December 31 of each year.
To meet the purpose of the Continuing Competence Program, goals have been developed. The goals of the Continuing Competence Program are to:
- Provide a process that supports quality nursing care to the public.
- Support nurses in their professional commitment to lifelong learning and excellence.
- Provide an annual reporting on the Continuing Competence Program to demonstrate the nursing profession’s accountability to the public.