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New entry-level competencies for nurse practitioners

Posted Jan. 6, 2017

The CRNBC Board in December 2016 approved new entry-level nurse practitioner (NP) competencies, which were developed nationally by the Canadian Council of Registered Nurse Regulators (CCRNR) and validated within the B.C. context of NP practice.


A Practice Analysis Study of Nurse Practitioners undertaken by CCRNR was released in February 2016. The purpose of the practice analysis was to provide a comprehensive description of the entry-level knowledge, skills and abilities required in the three streams of NP practice: Family/All Ages (Primary care), Adult and Child/Pediatric.

In B.C., as part of its validation process, CRNBC staff:

  • convened an in-person working meeting of representatives of the three Master’s NP education programs in BC
  • met with leadership from the BC Nurse Practitioners Association to hear their perspectives, and
  • conferred during regular monthly teleconferences with the NP leads in the Health Authorities

CRNBC then brought this stakeholder feedback back to the CCRNR national working group, which comprised representatives from all Canadian nursing regulatory bodies.

National collaboration

CRNBC would like to thank everyone who participated in the B.C. validation process: the breadth of experience and insight were invaluable and much appreciated.

This new nationally agreed-upon entry-level competency document, Entry Level Competencies for Nurse Practitioners in Canada, provides a much needed foundation for a consistent national framework for NP registration and licensure across Canada.

Note that this new document replaces the Competencies Required for Nurse Practitioners in British Columbia.

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