CCP FAQs

The FAQs are some of the most frequently asked questions RNs and NPs ask about ARNNL’s Continuing Competence Program:

Am I required to complete the Continuing Competence Program every year?

Does this replace the requirement for hours of practice?

What is reflective practice?

Does the CCP require the completion of continuous learning (CL) hours?

What if I am a new graduate?

How can I access the CCP toolkit?

Why wasn't each nurse given a paper copy of the CCP toolkit?

Is there an online tutorial that will provide me with directions when I am completing my CCP forms?

What documents do I have to submit with my registration renewal?

I am on long term disability and have not worked for 2 years. Do I need to complete the CCP? I have kept my license active and hope to return to work soon.

I am planning on retiring next year. Am I required to complete the CCP?

What are the additional requirements for Nurse Practitioners (NPs)?

I am an employer, how can I support my employees?

In my learning plan, how many standards do I need to identify?

What if I fail to meet the CCP requirements?

Do I need to successfully complete an education program/course to be able to use it for CCP hours?

Who is able to answer my questions about CCP?

 

Am I required to complete the Continuing Competence Program every year?

Each and every RN and NP applying for a renewal of a license to practice nursing must meet the CCP requirements for the preceding licensure year. 

This declaration will indicate that you: 

  • have the required nursing practice hours, 
  • completed your self-assessment, 
  • developed a learning plan, 
  • implemented a learning plan, 
  • completed a minimum of 14 continuous learning hours, and 
  • evaluated the impact of your learning plan on your nursing practice.

Does this replace the requirement for hours of practice?

No. In addition to the CCP requirements you will still be required to work at least 150 days during the preceding 60 month period or 60 days during the preceding 24 month period or have completed an approved education program or a nursing re-entry program. NPs must also have 1800 hours of satisfactory NP practice hours in the past 36 months. 

What is reflective practice?

Reflective practice is the process of continuous self-assessment of your nursing practice to identify learning needs and opportunities for professional growth. The ARNNL CCP is based on the principles of reflective practice and the nurse’s responsibility for ensuring competence. 

Does the CCP require the completion of Continuous Learning (CL) Hours?

Yes. You should select CL activities to meet your learning objectives. The ARNNL does not pre-approve CL activities. You may choose from a number of formal and self-directed continuous learning activities based on your learning style and your priority areas for development this year. 

When selecting learning activities consider these criteria: 

  • At least 14 CL hours in the last 12 months. 
  • One clock hour = One CL hour. 
  • A minimum of 7 hours must be directly related to your current role. 
  • A minimum of 7 hours must be formal activities. 
  • Formal Learning includes academic courses, preceptoring, mentoring, certifications, teleconferences, conferences, orientation, professional committees. 
  • Self-Directed Learning - Independent learning activities includes conducting research, volunteer activities, reading nursing journals, researching on NurseONE
  • A CL activity that is repeated may be counted only once in a 12 month period.

What if I am a new graduate?

When you attain your first practicing registration as a RN, you will commence the CCP. You will be expected to have the CCP documents completed by the next licensure renewal date. It is important that you engage in reflective practice and plan your learning for the coming year. 

How can I access the CCP toolkit?

It is recommended that you download the online toolkit. The toolkit can be completed and saved to your computer or you can print the documents and work through each section. You can request a paper copy from ARNNL. 

Why wasn't each nurse given a paper copy of the CCP toolkit?

ARNNL decided to make paper copies available only upon request in order to minimize paper output. If you wish to receive a paper copy, please call ARNNL at 753-6040. You can download and save the online toolkit to your computer or print the documents to complete. 

Is there an online Tutorial that will provide me with directions when I am completing my CCP forms?

Yes. There is an online tutorial that will walk you through each step of the CCP process and provide examples on completing the CCP toolkit. 

What documents do I have to submit with my registration renewal?

None. You will need to provide your documentation only if requested by ARNNL.

I am on long term disability and have not worked for 2 years. Do I need to complete the CCP? I have kept my license active and I am hoping to return to work soon.

Yes! Even if you are not currently working, you are still required to meet the CCP requirements. 

I am planning on retiring next year. Am I required to complete the CCP?

Any registered nurse who wishes to remain on the practicing register must complete the requirements of the program. If you retire and plan on maintaining your practicing status, you will need to continue to meet the requirements of the Continuing Competence Program. 

What are the additional requirements for nurse practitioners (NPs)? 

Registered nurses who practice as NPs must meet additional continuing competence requirements that stem from the legislated advanced scope of NP practice, NP competencies and NP standards. Nurse practitioners are required to reflect on the NP Standards and complete the NP self assessment, develop a learning plan based on NP practice, implement the learning plan and evaluate the impact that the learning had on their practice. Note: NPs are required to identify two practice Standards/Indicators.

I am an employer, how can I support my employees?

As an employer it would be helpful to be knowledgeable about CCP requirements, however, it is the nurses’ responsibility to maintain competent nursing practice by seeking appropriate educational experiences and learning to meet their professional needs. Since professional development can be improved when employers and nurses work together to develop flexible and creative learning opportunities, it may be advantageous to provide these activities however the CCP does not require this from employers. 

In my Learning Plan, how many Standards do I need to identify?

RNs are required to identify at least one Nursing Practice Standard/Indicator that applies to your professional development plan. You can use more than one Nursing Practice Standard/Indicator however that is up to you. Nurse Practitioners are required to identify two Practice Standards/Indicators that apply to your professional development plan.

What if I fail to meet the CCP requirements?

In order to maintain a practicing license, registered nurses in Newfoundland & Labrador must declare on their annual registration renewal form that they have completed all requirements of the ARNNL Continuing Competence Program. If you indicate on the ARNNL registration renewal form that you have not met the CCP requirements, an ARNNL representative who can provide guidance and support will contact you. If necessary, you may be granted a three-month period to complete the requirements of the CCP. If you do not meet the CCP requirements at the end of the three-month period, you will be issued a non-practicing license. Your employer/s will be notified of your non-practicing status. 

Do I need to successfully complete an education program/course to be able to use for CCP hours?

Yes, if you have not passed or successfully completed the course or educational program, you may not use the course/program hours towards your CCP requirements.

Who is able to answer my questions about CCP?

The ARNNL Nursing Consultant - Policy and Practice is Michelle Carpenter and she will answer your questions by email mcarpenter@arnnl.ca or by calling 753-6174. 

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