Continuing Competency

Throughout the year, you have been working on documenting your professional development in anticipation of completing your continuing competence plan. We recommend you review the information found in this section. The following documents may assist you with achieving a satisfactory submission.

  • 1) Members Checklist: Tool for your own use to assist you in creating your learning plan found here.
  • 2) Continuing Competency Plan – Continuous Learning Activities Examples are found here.

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 any certificates that I have achieved over the registration year?

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.

All members are required to identify 2 learning needs. The 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.

Mininum of two activities are then identified to meet the two learning need.

If you are unsure or need guidance on activities please refer to the document Continuing Competency Plan – Continuous Learning Activities Examples found here. 

Goals

To meet the purpose of the Continuing Competence Program, goals have been developed. The goals of the Continuing Competence Program are to:

  1. Provide a process that supports quality nursing care to the public.
  2. 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.

Please use our form appended here

In January we begin the process of auditing compliance with the CCP by requesting members to submit their CCP using our form. If you are chosen to participate in the Audit, we will send you an email in January of 2022 and request your 2021 CCP be submitted. If you are not audited you do not have to submit your plan. 

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