Earned Respect through the CCP

Fulfilling the Public's Expectations through the Continuing Competency Program

We have the privilege of being a self-regulated profession in a constantly evolving health-care environment. With this responsibility comes the expectation for us to always be aware of and commit to meeting public expectations. We achieve this by following the expectations outlined in government legislation and by incorporating the public’s feedback into our regulatory decision-making and our individual registered nursing practice. By making public safety a priority and committing to meet public expectations, we are able to build trust in and respect for our profession.

Continuing Competency

Respect is earned. One way that we continue to earn it is through participating in the CCP. Competence is not only necessary to provide safe client care – the public expects it of us.

The concept of continuing competence itself is complex and multi-faceted. Together, RNs, employers, regulatory colleges, nursing schools and governments share the responsibility of continuing competence. Our CCP reflects the regulatory responsibility we have to help maintain and enhance the competence of RNs in relation to the practice expectations. Each component of the program is therefore designed to help you achieve this while also providing a way for us to demonstrate to the public your commitment to providing high quality, safe, ethical and competent care.

Let’s look at how Part A and Part B of your CCP forms help us do this:  

Maintaining Your Practice

Part A: Self-Assessment

This part of your CCP forms helps you maintain your practice by giving you the opportunity to:

  • review the expectations the public has of you regardless of your practice setting, domain and/or role,
  • review the legal reference that describes reasonable and prudent nursing practice, and
  • self-reflect on your practice and take action to improve where you may need to.

Minimum requirement: You must complete a self-assessment each year. When you renew your registration, we ask you to declare if you have completed your annual self-assessment.

Message to the public: Completing a self-assessment demonstrates your commitment to engage in self-reflection and take action to improve your practice if needed. This assures the public that you are doing your part to meet the minimum practice expectations – publishing CCP review results in our annual report is one of the ways we show this to the public.  

Enhancing Your Practice

Part B: Self-Development Plan

This part of your CCP forms helps you enhance your practice by giving you the opportunity to:

  • grow as a professional by identifying a learning goal that is relevant to your practice setting and over and above the learning that is required to maintain your practice,
  • plan learning activities that will help you achieve your learning goal, and  
  • document how your learning impacted your practice and assess whether your goal was met.

Minimum requirement: Each year, you must document a self-development plan that includes at least one learning goal, one learning activity and a description of how your learning impacted your practice (those who are not currently working are asked to anticipate how their learning will impact their practice when they return to work). If you are selected for the CCP review, we ask for evidence that you have completed a self-development plan.

Message to the public: Completing a self-development plan shows the public that you are engaged in self-directed lifelong learning and committed to enhancing your practice – publishing CCP review results in our annual report is one of the ways we show this to the public.

Keeping the Public’s Trust

Participating in the CCP is much more than a professional obligation. It’s an opportunity to review and reflect on your ability to meet the practice expectations and develop a plan to grow as a professional. It’s also a chance to receive feedback and support to enhance your practice should you ever be selected for the CCP review. Perhaps most importantly, participating in the CCP is a means for you to demonstrate to the public that you’re committed to providing the best care possible. From here, the trust and respect the public has for our profession will only continue to grow.

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