Based on your renewal application type, you will be asked quality assurance questions relevant to your situation. Make sure you are familiar with your requirements before starting your registration renewal, so you can answer the questions accurately and be granted status.
You meet the self-assessment requirement when you complete the self-assessment questionnaire as part of your annual registration renewal.
To meet CRNBC’s quality assurance requirements for renewal RN(C)s must attest to having engaged in their certified practice area within the previous three years.
To meet CRNBC's quality assurance requirements for registration renewal with a certified practice designation, CRNBC-certified nurses (RN(C)s) must attest to having engaged in their certified practice area within the previous three years.
CRNBC does not specify the number of hours, number of clients, or specific diseases or disorders. The intent behind this requirement is to ensure that RN(C)s maintain their competence by staying current and practising in their certified practice area. Maintaining competence means having the knowledge, skills and judgement to assess, diagnose and follow the Decision Support Tools (DSTs). How RN(C)s maintain their competence can vary.
Nurses in clinical support roles (e.g., educators, managers, supervisors) may be able to maintain their competence through activities such as: reviewing the competencies and DSTs, overseeing the clinical practice of other RN(C)s, assisting them to apply the DSTs, observing and evaluating the competence of RN(C)s in clinical settings, and maintaining skills by practicing in a lab, role playing, etc.
Ask yourself: Do I have current theoretical knowledge related to my certified practice area? Are my assessment skills current? Am I able to apply the DSTs? If so, then what you're doing may be considered "engaged in" certified practice for the purpose of meeting this quality assurance requirement for registration renewal.
Nurses who do not complete the above activities will be issued a three-month provisional registration to allow them to additional time to meet the requirements.
You must maintain and retain records of your practice hours and other quality assurance activities for the last five years of your practice. To maintain the confidentiality of others, do not document any information that could be used to identify clients, family members or colleagues.
The QA Portfolio is a great way to keep track of your quality assurance activities.