CCP Month

Every year, over 12,000 RNs and RN(NP)s in Manitoba embark on a mandated Continuing Competency Program, we call CCP.

It’s a program that is about taking control to gain knowledge, skill and judgement to provide continued safe, competent and ethical care.  ​

​It’s a program that is about enhancing critical thinking, decision making and leadership skills. ​

​It’s a program that is about having the choice to decide on what courses of action to take via self-directed learning. 

Real-Life Self-Development Plans from Nurses Providing Exemplary Care to Manitobans

On occasion healthcare providers are confronted with residents who display challenging behaviours (outbursts, confusion, and agitation). One RN chose to learn more about different techniques to approaching these residents.  

As part of their self-development plan they took the initiative to educate themselves further by pursuing a variety of educational resources.  From these activities the RN gained further insight and tools into the non-verbal, verbal, and physical approaches to these clients. 

This learning was a benefit when the RN experienced a client who suddenly became agitated, began pacing, clenching their fists, and yelling loudly.  

Using their enhanced knowledge, the RN was able to diffuse a potentially escalating behaviour and keep the client safe.  

This is a great example because:

  • This RN used a specific example in their practice to show how the learning they developed informed their way-of-being with the clients to enhance their practice.  
  • The self-directed learning was incorporated into their own process of self-reflection in a way that allowed the RN to be present in the situation, and reflect on it afterwards. 

Clients using marijuana throughout pregnancy and the postpartum period is a topic of learning that RN’s are incorporating into their self-development plans.  In one self-development plan the RN wanted to enhance their knowledge specifically around clients who breastfeed while using marijuana.  

The RN attended in-services and read articles on the topic. The goal was to enhance their own knowledge so that they could help clients make informed decisions regarding the health of both mother and baby.  

The RN used this learning and was able to share a variety of information to assist a client in making an informed decision. The specific strategies used in this approach are described in their self-development plan.   

This is a great example because: 

  • This self-development plan is an example of SMART goal (specific, measurable, relevant, attainable, timely)  
  • The learning greatly informed this RNs practice and assessment with a holistic approach. 
  • The approach to the client is more informed. This RN chose to learn more to enhance that aspect of giving care to these clients 

Treating wounds and understanding the complications that can arise with chronic wounds is a complex area of health care.  

A registered nurse working directly with clients who have complicated wounds saw an opportunity to learn more and enhance competence in the area of chronic wound management.  

Learning was captured through reading various healthcare resources and attending workshops.  

This registered nurse became more competent in wound care assessment and the prevention of chronic wound development, ultimately impacting practice by providing clients with more comprehensive wound care management and education.  

This is a great example because: 

  • The learning goal is clearly self directed and relevant to their practice. 
  • The impact on their practice is clearly stated and reflects how the new knowledge not only increased competency in chronic wound management for improved client outcomes, but also motivated the registrant to continue pursuing more advanced wound care programs.  

The specific strategies used in this approach are described in their self-development plan.   

In this self-development plan, a registered nurse wants to learn how to effectively manage change and increasing stress levels at the workplace.  

The registrant describes new insights on coping with change and creating opportunities to better connect with co-workers and clients.  

This is a great example because: 

  • The learning goal is relevant, timely to the registrants practice, and specific. 
  • The specific titles and completing dates of the learning activities relate to the goal and impact on the RNs practice 
  • It is evident that the registrants own practice was impacted as a result of the new learning. 

You can read this plan in its entirety here.

This example comes from a cardiology nurse, who wanted to further learning around clinical innovations and emerging diseases or diagnoses that affect cardiac clients. 

Conferences, networking with expert colleagues, and reading academic journals were part of the learning process. 

The RN gained knowledge in health-related issues connected with cardiac care. This RN was able to translate this information to clients, empowering them to improve their health by making informed decisions in efforts to increase their quality of life.  

This is a great example because: 

  • This is a great example of a SMART goal! 
  • This self-development plan has excellent flow and presentation 
  • The impact on this registrant’s practice is clearly articulated and it is evident that client care has improved as a result of this RNs learning. 

You can read the entire plan here.  

CCP is a comprehensive program. For futher learnings, please read the following: