Entry-Level Competencies for the Practice of Registered Nurses

The Entry-Level Competencies for the Practice of Registered Nurses describe the knowledge, skill, and judgment required of beginning practitioners to provide safe, competent, compassionate, and ethical care. The document is organized in a roles-based format. There are a total of 101 competencies grouped under the 9 roles-based headings:

  • Clinician
  • Professional
  • Communicator
  • Collaborator
  • Coordinator
  • Leader
  • Advocate
  • Educator
  • Scholar

While specific roles and responsibilities may vary by context and client population, this document outlines the essential competencies that all RNs must possess to be proficient when they begin practice.

The document serves as a guide for curriculum development and for public and employer awareness of the practice expectations of the entry-level RN.

If you have any questions about the Entry-Level Competencies for the Practice of Registered Nurses  please reach out to us at practice@nscn.ca

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