February 2018

Standardizing RPNs across the country

There’s a major initiative afoot to ensure RPNs across Canada have the same entry-level competencies needed to provide safe care. To do this, the College is working with nine other provincial/territorial regulators. The plan is to improve the mobility of RPN labour across the country, while keeping public safety the top priority. 

Next up are three steps. First, we need a comprehensive analysis of RPN entry-level practice. This will provide an overview of practical nursing practice across Canada. It will also identify any changes and differences among jurisdictions.

Second, we will need national entry competencies for RPNs across the country. Currently, they vary by jurisdiction, but they should be consistent. With the support of subject matter experts across the country, we’ll use what we learned from the entry-level practice analysis (and other sources of evidence) to update the competencies.

Third, we’ll use some of the competencies to develop a new regulatory RPN exam. 

On February 15, 2018, a group led by the Canadian Council of Practical Nurse Regulators (CCPNR) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to find a vendor to assist with these steps.

CCPNR's goal is to have the new pan-Canadian examination in place by 2022.

We’ve been speaking with Ontario educators of PN programs about our plans, to get feedback on the timeline they’ll need to revise their curriculum. We’ll continue to engage other stakeholders throughout the project.  

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