Becoming a Registered Nurse in Nova Scotia: Requisite Skills & Abilities

Certain basic skills and abilities are required for a student to attain the Entry-Level Competencies for Registered Nurse Practice in Nova Scotia. Requisite skills and abilities (RSA) are defined as the essential skills and abilities necessary for admission to and progression through a program and initial registration in the profession. In other words, RSAs are those foundational skills and abilities that enable nurse students, with or without accommodation, to achieve the entry-level competencies for RNs.

We developed this policy document for potential students, family, admission officers, nursing faculty, disability and equity officers and the general public to inform them of the general demands and performance expected of an RN.

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