Continuing Competency

Continuing Competence Information

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Program Information

The goal of of the Continuing Competence Process (CCP) is to support you in your professional development and commitment to lifelong learning and excellence. Processes to facilitate the demonstration of continuing competence for registered nurses are in place throughout Canada and internationally.

As each license year begins in April, read the information and instructions. Then begin the self-assessment and goal setting process.

For your annual license renewal you are required to submit, by March 1st, the CCP Annual Reporting Form for the past year with your renewal application and license fee payment.


Foundational Principles

The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) defines continuing competence as:

“The ongoing ability of a nurse to integrate and apply the knowledge, skills, judgment and personal attributes required to practise safely and ethically in a designated role and setting.” Maintaining this ongoing ability involves a continual process linking the code of ethics, standards of practice and life-long learning. The registered nurse reflects on his/her practice on an ongoing basis and takes action continually to improve that practice. (A National Framework for Continuing Competence Process for Registered Nurses: CNA: September 2000)

We are responsible and accountable for our professional practice not only to ourselves but to our colleagues, our employers, our regulatory body and most importantly the public. We achieve this by applying our skills and nursing attributes acquired through education and previous experience. The application of these skills and knowledge defines continuing competence supported by ongoing education.

      • Yukon registered nurses maintain a high standard of practice and expertise and consistently demonstrate motivation to pursue ongoing learning. Through the Continuing Competence Process, YRNA will support members in being 'consciously competent' as they seek excellence in practice.
      • Life-long learning is essential to quality outcomes for nursing practice.
      • Individual nurses, professional and regulatory nursing organizations, employers, educational institutions and governments share the responsibility to promote continuing competence.
      • Through continuing competency registered nurses demonstrate their commitment to quality, evidence-based practice.


Member Responsibilities

The Continuing Competence Process is mandatory for all nurses holding a practising license or temporary permit with the Yukon Registered Nurses Association (YRNA).

Members must keep all continuing competence documentation for a minimum of three years, to provide for audit if requested.


How-to Information

Step 1: At the beginning of the licensing year (April)

Complete the Self-Assessment Worksheets based on the Standards of Practice for Registered Nurses

Professional growth requires self-assessment and recognition of both strengths and areas for improvement. Each Standard has indicators for practice. Using the rating key provided, rate your practice related to each indicator.

As you rate your practice, identify a strength and learning opportunity related each standard of practice.

You will not be judged or criticized for identifying areas whee you need to learn more or develop skills.

Step 2: At the beginning of the licensing year (April)

Development of learning goal and Learning Objective for this License Year

From the learning opportunities you identified in Step 1, choose one learning opportunity to be the focus for this year's learning plan.

Ideally your learning plan will hold personal interest for you and will:

      • Advance your knowledge of best practices
      • Help you to safely, competently and ethically deliver care
      • Improve your practice
      • Build capacity for leadership.

Ensure your goal is Specific, Measurable, Acceptable to you, Realistic to achieve and Timely with a deadline (SMART). Refer to the Useful Resources sheet to help develop your learning objectives and learning plan.

Step 3: Throughout the year (April-Jan/Feb)

Throughout the year, work toward your chosen goal and document your progress and activities. Celebrate your successes and how you challenge yourself!

Collect evidence about how you met your learning plan including the application of new knowledge to your practice.

Step 4: At the end of the licensing year with your license renewal (Jan/Feb)

Submit a completed CCP Annual Report with your license renewal application. You do not need to send in your entire learning plan and portfolio unless notified of audit or at the request of YRNA

If you are notified that you are to be audited, you will be required to submit your learning plan, portfolio and Annual Reporting Form with your application for license renewal in order to meet renewal requirements.

Peer Review by the Audit Committee

If you are one of the members randomly selected for audit in a given year, your renewal package, sent out in late January, will include an audit notification. You may want to remove personal additions to your portfolio. Retain records for three years, as the audit committee may request three years of documentation for review.

After the end of the licensing period, documents submitted for audit will be reviewed by a peer audit committee. If you are audited, you will receive feedback prior to June as to whether your documentation is complete and whether you have demonstrated effective use of the process. The committee will be particularly looking for evidence that you have not just engaged in education, but actually applied learning to your practice.

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