posted Nov. 5, 2014
BC's Nursing regulators are pleased to announce that the British Columbia Ministry of Health (MoH) is supporting the launch of a pilot project for the creation of a new Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS) for Internationally Educated Practitioners (IEPs) by March 2016.
The aim of this project is to develop a competency based assessment service, across four nursing community stakeholders (BC Health Care Assistants, Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses, and Registered Psychiatric Nurses) that will provide an accelerated, streamlined approach to assist IEPs in integrating into BC's health workplace. The overarching goal of this initiative is to enhance the Province's capacity to build and maintain a safe, competent and adequately resourced nursing work force in BC.
IEPs are assessed based on their ability to apply the required knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that are needed to be "ready-to-practice", in addition to their credentials to practice. The purpose of the NCAS is to support the regulatory colleges and the Care Aid Registry to make decisions about registering IEPs by:
The NCAS project is an initiative led jointly by the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry (the Registry), and the three nursing regulatory colleges (CLPNBC, CRNBC, CRPNBC) as the nursing community partners. BC nursing employers are participating in this project with representatives from both BC's Health Authorities (VP Human Resources Committee) and BC's Chief Nursing Officer Council participating on the NCAS Steering Committee.
The proposed NCAS Competency Assessment Model will consist of three assessment tools: a computer-based simulation style assessment, an in-person simulation lab assessment using mannequins and standardized patients, and candidate de-briefing. The model is now being developed into a service delivery model that can be tested in a pilot program.
"The opportunity to develop a shared approach to competency assessment is exciting for our community", said Cynthia Johansen, Registrar/CEO of CRNBC and NCAS Steering Committee Chair. "Having tools that allow IEPs to show regulators what they know through competency assessments, provides us with better information to support registering them as nurses. We are delighted to work together on this important and innovative initiative."
For more information, please contact CRNBC Communications — Jason Martin, Communications Manager, 604.736.7331 ext. 320.