New Entry-Level Competencies for RNs Effective September 1, 2020

RN Roles
June 2, 2020

NSCN is pleased to introduce the new entry-level competencies for RNs to Nova Scotians on September 1. Entry Level Competencies (ELCs) are the competencies that an RN is expected to perform at the time of initial licensure and throughout their career, as guided by the specific context of their role or position. The Entry Level Competencies were developed using extensive national and provincial consultations which took place in 2018.

What is the purpose of Entry-Level Competencies?

Entry-Level Competencies are used in a number of regulatory functions, including:

  • Academic program approval/recognition
  • Assessment of internationally educated applicants
  • Assessment of applicants for the purpose of re-entry into the profession
  • Input into the content and scope of entry-to-practice exams
  • Practice advice/guidance to clinicians
  • Reference for professional conduct matters
  • Public and employer awareness of the practice expectations of RNs

What changes can we expect?

Key changes to the new RN ELCs include transition to a roles-based format and adding new competencies that reflect changes in the nursing profession. This includes the use of social media, smart phones and technology, a trend towards greater acuity patients and more. 

What’s next?

Stay tuned to our website, social media and monthly newsletters for updates and more information about the new RN ELCs in the coming months. 

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