ARNNL has a mandate of public protection. The public has the right to expect that RNs and NPs demonstrate continuing competence throughout their careers. ARNNL, through the Registered Nurses Regulations (2013) is granted authority such that: "all members shall complete a continuing competency program as required by the council; the council shall conduct regular audits of the members' participation in the continuing competency program; and members shall provide all information requested in the conduct of the audit."

On an annual basis, all RNs and NPs are required to participate in the mandatory continuing competence program (CCP). Continuing competence is the ongoing ability of a registered nurse to integrate and apply knowledge, skills, judgment and personal attributes required to practice safely and ethically in a designated role and setting (Canadian Nurses Association, 2000). Competence is continually maintained and acquired through reflective practice, lifelong learning and integration of learning into nursing practice.

With the implementation of the CCP, all RNs and NPs regardless of the practice setting or domain (direct care, education, research, administration or policy), and applying for a practicing license or returning to practicing status from non-practicing status are required to complete ARNNL’s Continuing Competence Program.

To be eligible for registration renewal, all registered nurses (RNs and NPs) must declare that they have completed ARNNL’s Continuing Competence Program. You are not required to submit any documentation to ARNNL unless you are selected for an audit. Remember to keep your continuing competence documentation for two years.

Utilizing ARNNL’s CCP tools, RNs/NPs must meet the following CCP Requirements:

  1. Complete a self-assessment of your current nursing practice.
  2. Develop/implement a Learning Plan. RNs are to identify at least one RN standard/indicator. NPs are to identify at least two NP Standards/Indicators.
  3. Evaluate the Learning Plan. Referring to the activities identified in your learning plan, describe how you have applied the learning and the difference it has made to your nursing practice.
  4. Complete at least 14 hours of continuing education (seven hours must be formal learning, e.g., conference, clinical education, academics, etc.; the other seven hours may be formal learning or self-directed learning). Please refer to the document CCP Continuous Learning Activities to learn more about formal/self-directed learning activities. RNs and NPs are required to have evidence for verification of formal hours (e.g., certificates, CCP tracking forms (Link to CCP Tracking Form).

To learn more about the CCP program, RNs and NPs are encouraged to view the CCP Tutorial or the archived teleconference Continuing Competence: The Process and the Paperwork.

For more information about the CCP, please contact: 
Michelle carpenter, RN, BN, MEd.
Nursing Consultant - Policy and Practice
Telephone: (709) 753-6174

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