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.
Find out more about the roles and responsibilities of the SPE applicant, employer and preceptor.
The preceptor must:
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.
As issues arise, the preceptor will communicate any difficulties, concerns, alternative objectives or learning activities with the SPE registrant and area manager.
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.
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.
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.