To maintain eligibility for registration as a practicing registered nurse, a nurse must work in registered nursing activities approved by the SRNA for at least 1125 hours in a 5-year period immediately preceding the registration year for which registration is sought.
The registration year is December 1 to November 30. If you are seeking to renew your registration for 2017, you are required to have practiced 1125 hours since December 2012, therefore, December 1, 2012 to November 30, 2016 must equal 1125 hours.
Requesting an extension:
1. Notify the SRNA Registrar in writing of extension request by August 31, identifying extenuating circumstances. Note: granting an extension when the registered nurse has practiced less than 900 hours in 5 years is rare.
2. The SRNA requires:
i. Written verification of hours of registered nurse employment directly from the employer. The hours must be calculated according to the SRNA registration year, which is December 1 to November 30.
ii. Written verification that the nurse will be guaranteed hours of work to meet the hour shortage within a reasonable timeframe (within a three month timeframe is preferred) directly from the employer.
iii. Positive employer reference from the most recent registered nurse employer. SRNA will provide you with a consent form granting SRNA permission to obtain an employer reference. You are requested to complete the consent form and return it to the SRNA. The SRNA will forward the reference request to the employer.
3. The RN is asked to complete a self-assessment utilizing the SRNA Standards & Foundation Competencies. The self-assessment is designed to indicate the nurse's ongoing ability to meet the standards expected of a registered nurse.
In summary, the SRNA requires:
- Letter requesting extension outlining any extenuating circumstances.
- Employer verification of RN hours worked in previous five years.
- Employer guarantee of future practice hours.
- Positive employer reference.
- Self-assessment based on the SRNA Standards & Foundation Competencies.
Extension requests are reviewed by the Registrar and/or the Registration and Membership Committee. Criteria used when considering extension requests are:
- Employer's willingness to guarantee immediate employment.
- Continuing involvement in nursing on a yearly basis throughout the 5-year period.
- Extenuating circumstances such as illness, accidents, death of significant other.
- Positive employer reference.
- Self-assessment of competencies.
According to section 21(3)(b) of The Registered Nurses Act, 1988, if you are not satisfied with the decision of the Registrar, you may appeal to the Council of the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association.
When members are not eligible for registration, they may enroll in the Nursing Re-entry Program offered through SIAST. The SRNA encourages you to explore this avenue to maintain your nursing skills, knowledge and judgment. Upon successful completion, you will be eligible for registration with the SRNA for a 5-year period.
Please refer to the Guidelines for Acceptable Employment on our website at http://www.srna.org/registration/approved-practice or you may obtain a copy of this document by contacting the SRNA.