Continuing Competence Program
The CRNS’s Continuing Competence Program (CCP) is a mandatory, ongoing education program that ensures all RNs and NPs are continually enhancing their practice through self-directed learning. Every RN and NP must complete the CCP annually as part of the requirements to hold a license to practice registered nursing in Saskatchewan. All RNs and NPs are required by law to complete the CCP, even for a partial year.
The CRNS’s Continuing Competence Program consists of 4 components:
Completing a personal assessment is the first step in the Continuing Competence Program. Every RN and 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 NPs must seek feedback on their practice in the areas that relate to their learning plan. Feedback must be documented in writing. RNs and NPs are encouraged to select people who will give constructive and honest feedback. In addition to the sample feedback forms provided below, RNs and NPs 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.
Throughout the year, the CRNS randomly selects RNs and NPs 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 NP who has not successfully completed the CCP cannot practice registered nursing in Saskatchewan.