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Reporting requirements

All registered nurses answer the personal practice review questions during registration renewal, confirming that they have completed their Quality Assurance activities.

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.

Questions

  • In the past year, did you obtain peer feedback about your practice?
  • In the past year, did you develop and implement a professional development plan based on your self-assessment and peer feedback?
  • In the past year, did you evaluate the impact of the previous year’s learning on your practice?

 Certified Practice

CRNBC-certified practice nurses must also answer two additional questions:

  • In the past year, did you practise in your certified practice area?
  • In the past year, did you complete at least one learning activity related to your certified practice area? 

Meeting Quality Assurance requirements

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. 

What does "engaged in" certified practice mean?

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.

What if I can't answer all the personal practice review questions?

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.

Keeping track of your Quality Assurance activities

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.

 Questions?

Visit our FAQ section to learn more about the CRNBC Quality Assurance Program.
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