The BC Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS) - Bringing regulators together to ensure effective and streamlined approaches to IEN assessments

October 28, 3:45 – 4:45 - Ballroom A

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English, Pillar 2-Assessment

Cynthia Johansen, College of Registered Nurses of BC "Concurrent Session

The BC Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS) is the first of its kind in Canada bringing together the BC Colleges of Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Psychiatric Nurses and the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry to collaboratively build a competency-based assessment service across the four professions.

The goals of the service are:

  • To enhance BC’s capacity to build and maintain a safe, competent and adequately resourced nursing work force;
  • To provide an accelerated, streamlined approach for Internationally Educated Health Professionals (IEHPs) seeking to access opportunities in BC’s health workplace;
  • To help IEHPs integrate into the Canadian workforce by better assessing their understanding of the Canadian health care culture and system of practice;
  • To identify training needed to fill gaps in competencies; and
  • To identify an alternate related profession/role and facilitating a seamless mid-process transfer for which the candidate may have demonstrated suitable competencies.

NCAS has created an integrated service platform on which competency assessments can be delivered.  The tools and processes developed through this work can be adopted across jurisdictions with a focus on reinforcing both labour mobility and the equivalency of “ready-to-practice” standards of licensure across Canada. The collaborative governance structure developed to support NCAS will provide the Regulators, Registry and IEHPs with the information needed to complete the evaluation and assessment process in a timely and effective manner.