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RPN Applicants: Evidence of Practice

If you are not a recent nursing graduate and the College asks you to provide evidence of recent nursing practice, it must include:

  • past position(s) in nursing (e.g., staff nurse, researcher, educational instructor)
  • practice setting(s), as applicable (e.g., long-term care, acute care hospital, in-patient unit)
  • patient population(s) (e.g., geriatrics, paediatrics)
  • evidence of registration in the relevant jurisdiction(s)
  • job description(s)

The College will assess all information you provide to determine if you meet the evidence of practice requirement.

For RPN applicants, the College considers if your nursing practice shows you:

  • used your nursing knowledge, skill and judgment
  • applied the standards of practice or guidelines relevant to the jurisdiction in which you practised
  • affected, directly or indirectly, the delivery of health care services to clients
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Did you complete nursing education that meets the nursing education requirement within the last 3 years?

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Requirement met
NO
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Within the last 3 years, have you practised (i.e., worked or volunteered) as an RPN?

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YES
Requirement met
NO
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Has the College received other information about your experience or nursing education/courses within the last 3 years and determined that it meets the evidence of practice requirement? 

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Have you or will you return to another jurisdiction to practise as an RPN?

   
NO
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Will you follow instructions and successfully complete specified additional education the College indicates to meet the evidence of practice requirement?

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Requirement met
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Review by the Registration Committee

   

 

 Additional education for meeting evidence of practice requirement

 

Most applicants who don't meet the evidence of practice requirement have the option to complete additional education. 

Course content and number of practicum hours depend on the type of registration the applicant is requesting, and the number of years they have been out of nursing practice.

RPN applicants who have not practised in 3 – 10 years must complete:

  • 400 hours of clinical/practical/consolidation experience

and

  • nursing course content related to cultural context, computers, technology, pharmacology, practice standards, health assessment, legal/ethical, gerontology, communication (including mental health strategies), family-centred care, growth development across the life span, chronic illness and hospitalization effects on the family and family dynamics, nursing theory/framework, leadership and anatomy/physiology/pathophysiology.

RPN applicants who have not practised in more than 10 years must complete:

  • 600 hours of clinical/practical/consolidation experience

and

  • relevant nursing course content related to cultural context, computers, technology, pharmacology, practice standards, health assessment, legal/ethical, gerontology, communication, family-centred care, growth development across the life span, chronic illness and hospitalization effects on the family and family dynamics,  nursing theory/framework, leadership and anatomy/physiology/pathophysiology.

Advanced standing

You may wish to ask the school if they can assess your previous education, experience and knowledge (also known as a Prior Learning Assessment Recognition or PLAR), or if they will give you advanced standing for any courses. If you receive advanced standing, the school must indicate this on the College’s Verification of Course Completion form and provide a letter explaining why it gave you advanced standing.

Applying as both an RN and RPN

If you are applying for registration as both an RN and RPN, you will meet the requirement for both applications by completing the theoretical and clinical practicum, and consolidation hours, that your RN application requires. 

Page last reviewed May 26, 2017