Continuing Competence Program
The SRNA’s Continuing Competence Program (CCP) is a mandatory, ongoing education program that ensures all RNs and RN(NP)s are continually enhancing their practice through self-directed learning. Every RN and RN(NP) must complete the CCP annually as part of the requirements to hold a licence to practice registered nursing in Saskatchewan. All RNs and RN(NP)s are required by law to complete the CCP, even for a partial year.
The SRNA’s Continuing Competence Program consists of 4 components:
Completing a personal assessment is the first step in the Continuing Competence Program. Every RN and RN(NP) must identify their strengths and weaknesses and focus on which competencies from the Standards and Competencies documents they wish to develop. We recommended focusing on two to three competencies for the year ahead.
The next step is to create a learning plan and follow it through. A learning plan outlines tangible goals and how they will be achieved. There are lots of learning opportunities that can be taken in throughout the year.
A few examples of learning opportunities include:
- reading journal articles,
- attending workplace presentations,
- courses or conferences,
- joining a Professional Practice Group,
- giving a presentation,
- getting certified in a specialty area.
Wondering if an activity qualifies? Ask us here.
RNs and RN(NP)s must seek feedback on their practice in the areas that relate to their learning plan. Feedback must be documented in writing. RNs and RN(NP)s are encouraged to select people who will give constructive and honest feedback. In addition to the sample feedback forms provided below, RNs and RN(NP)s can use performance evaluations as feedback if they align with their learning plan.
RNs must evaluate their learning plan throughout the year to ensure they are on track to achieve their goals. Just like care plans, these evaluations are always in motion. This ongoing reflective practice will determine what impact the learning plan has had on a nurse’s practice and will inform what they tackle in next year’s CCP.
Watch a video that outlines all four components of the Continuing Competence Program
SRNA Continuing Competence Questions & Answers
New Nurses & First Year Nurses
- First year RNs or RN(NP)s are encouraged to tailor their learning plans to training they are already going to be participating in. Examples of items that could be included in first year learning plans include: nursing orientation, courses such as CPR, TLR, or WHMIS; unit specific courses or information sessions; learning modules and tests, etc.
- If employed: You must complete all four components of the CCP.
- If not employed but hold a practicing licence: You must complete the self-assessment and learning plan.
Nurses on Leave
- RN and RN(NP)s on leave must complete the self-assessment and learning plan.
Throughout the year, the SRNA randomly selects RNs and RN(NP)s to submit various parts of their Continuing Competence Program to demonstrate successful completion of the program. Audits are reviewed by RN peers and provide constructive feedback on the submitted documents. Any RN or RN(NP) who has not successfully completed the CCP cannot practice registered nursing in Saskatchewan.