Continuing competence is career-long enhancement of knowledge, skill, and judgment required to practice safely and ethically.
The Continuing Competence Program (CCP) is a regulatory program and quality assurance mechanism to support nurses in facilitating their continuing competence. Every nurse in Nova Scotia is required to successfully complete the CCP requirements as part of their annual licensure requirement, regardless of their employment status.
History of the Program
When NSCN was formed on June 4, 2019, each legacy College had a slightly different continuing competence program (CCP). There is an ongoing plan to review and revise the continuing competence requirements for of all nurses.
For the interim, the CCP program maintains separate requirements for LPNs and RNs/NPs while unifying the process and expectations of each program as much as possible.
The information on the website and in the program tools describe the interim CCP requirements for nurses in Nova Scotia effective January 13, 2020 until further notice.
While there are small differences in the program requirements for LPNs and RNs/NPs, similar components are required of all designations:
- Required number of practice hours
- Self-reflection of current context of practice
- Self-assessment of individual competence
- Development of a learning plan to meet professional learning goals over the year
- Reflective evaluation of the impact of the learning plan
- Audit process to confirm a nurse’s participation in the program
How CCP Protects the Public
CCP contributes to our mandate of public protection by requiring every nurse in Nova Scotia to participate annually in reflective learning activities designed to help them maintain and enhance their professional competence.
CCP provides a level of assurance to the public that nurses are continuously meeting their professional practice standards as required in the Nursing Act.
Meeting the CCP Requirement
Successful completion of CCP is a requirement for initial licensure or annual renewal. You are required to declare your compliance with CCP each year on your renewal form.
If you indicate that you have not met all the requirements, you will only qualify for a one time, time-limited licence. This three-month licence will expire and you will not be authorized to practise until you provide written confirmation that you have complied with CCP.
Program Steps and Tools to Complete
Important program support tools have been developed to help you successfully meet your CCP requirements. The tools are available here.