Practice Hours Extension

This section is for you if you are a current member and are concerned that you will not have enough hours to meet the minimum requirement to be licenced.

Background

To be licenced as a practicing RN, you must work in a recognized RN role for at least 1125 hours in the 5-year period before the registration year you are applying for. For example, if you are applying for a 2019 RN licence, you will have needed to work a minimum of 1125 hours between December 1, 2014 and November 30, 2018. Granting an extension when you have practiced less than 900 hours in 5 years is rare. This is an approved process that allows you more time to get your practice hours in. Extensions are granted for no more than 120 days, and have several requirements.

Extension Request Requirements:

  1. Approved letter of request
  2. RN Hours verified by employer(s)
  3. Employer guarantee of future practice hours
  4. Positive employer reference
  5. Submitted self-assessment based on the SRNA Standards & Foundation Competencies

To request an extension:   

Submit a letter of request for your extension to the Registrar by August 31:

  • identify any circumstances that prevented you from getting your hours in the 5-year period.
  • include your employment information (unit, manager name and contact information).
  • include an estimate of your hours from the date of your submission until November 30.
  • Include an estimated date of when you would acquire the shortfall of hours.
  • A form will be provided to you to request your employer to provide your hours worked for the previous five years.
  • Submit the Consent Form to Obtain Employment Verification Information.
  • Submit your Self-Assessment from the CCP program for the current year.

The above documents can be sent through regular postal mail, or by email to renew@srna.org.

What happens after I submit my request and documents?

Extension requests are reviewed by the Registrar and/or the Registration and Membership Committee.

Requests are assessed based on the following criteria:

  • 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, or death
  • Positive employer reference
  • Insightful self-assessment of standards and competencies

What happens if I do not meet the requirements for an extension?

If you are not eligible to be licenced, you may enroll in the Nursing Re-entry Program offered through Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Upon successful completion, you will be eligible for licensure with the SRNA for a 5-year period.

Regulations and entry requirements are subject to bylaw and policy changes.

If you have questions, contact renew@srna.org.

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