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SPE Information for employers

​A Supervised Practice Experience (SPE) is an option that certain individuals can use to qualify for registration with CRNBC. ​An approved SPE enables applicants to take out CRNBC provisional registration with conditions to complete​ at least 400 hours of a practice experience within six months under the guidance and supervision of a qualified RN preceptor.​ Learn more about characteristics of applicants suited to SPE.

Roles and responsibilities

Find out more about the roles and responsibilities of the SPE applicant, employer and preceptor.

Choosing a preceptor

The preceptor must:

  •  Have worked at least one year in the chosen practice area
  • Be competent, willing and available for every shift worked by the RN completing SPE (or an alternate in extenuating circumstances).

It is the responsibility of the preceptor to determine if the applicant meets CRNBC’s Standards of Practice by the end of the SPE. The preceptor acts as a resource, role model, mentor, coach, supervisor and evaluator. It’s important that the preceptor is supportive and encouraging, and is able to provide feedback in a tactful and straight forward manner. 

Participating in an SPE does have the potential of increasing  workload and stress of a preceptor, especially in the initial stages of the experience. It may be necessary to lighten the workload of the preceptor in the first few weeks.  

Practice issues or concerns

As issues arise, the preceptor will communicate any difficulties, concerns, alternative objectives or learning activities with the SPE registrant and area manager.

  • If practice issues arise that need to be discussed with one of our practice consultants please contact our Nursing Practice Support area at 604-736-7331 ext. 332.
  • If practice issues arise of a serious nature that indicate the nurse is not able to practice safely, please submit a formal complaint or contact our Nursing Concerns Coordinator at 604.736.7331 ext. 202.

SPE Completion and Evaluation

Upon implementation of the learning plan, the preceptor will complete a performance appraisal using Form 73: Practice Review using CRNBC professional standards and submit to CRNBC. A satisfactory performance is normally  the final requirement to be eligible for practising status.

Learn more about practice limitations of SPE participants and the role of employers in evaluating the SPE.

​​Frequently asked questions

What is the benefit of participating in a SPE from the employer perspective?

​An SPE may be an opportunity to assess the individual as a potential employee and to decrease costs associated with orientation time if the individual is hired.

Do RNs completing SPE have professional liability protection?

​As a provisional registrant, RNs completing an SPE are covered by Professional Liability Protection the same as practising RNs. However you should discuss the SPE with a member of the Risk Management, Professional Practice Office or HR team.

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