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Supporting competence and quality nursing care.

Several weeks ago every NANB member received their personal copy of the Continuing Competence Program (CCP). The new CCP requirement was approved by members at the 2005 annual meeting and with this change NANB members are committing to lifelong learning. The establishment of this new regulatory requirement demonstrates to the public and government our professional commitment to maintaining our competence as professionals and to the delivery of safe, quality nursing care. The purpose of professional regulation is public protection. Nursing can pose a risk of harm to the public if practiced by individuals who are inadequately prepared to meet the competency requirements of the profession or by those who fail to maintain their competence during their professional career. This outlines the regulatory mandate of the NANB as described in the Nurses Act (1984).

Most Canadian jurisdictions have a similar mandatory CCP requirement and the NANB program will also ensure that our members meet the norm of professional nursing standards that currently exist. Many of you have already participated in a CCP while employed in another jurisdiction and many of you have been calling for the establishment of this standard for some time.

For some, the establishment of this requirement has created a significant amount of anxiety concerning your ability to meet this new standard on an ongoing basis. The reality is most registered nurses are already meeting this requirement. Every day in this province registered nurses are acquiring new knowledge and skills to respond to their patients' needs, whether in an institutional, community, educational or industrial setting. The Continuing Competence Program provides a formalized framework to assist you in identifying your priorities for development over the coming year and a system to maintain personal records of your professional development.

Our commitment to you as a member of the NANB is to provide you with the information and coaching to assist you in meeting this new requirement. As this edition of Info Nursing goes to print a spring schedule of information sessions is being rolled out across the province. Additional resources have been posted on the NANB web site and will be added to throughout the year. Information sessions will be made available again in the fall and you can always access the toll free Practice Consultation Service. New Brunswick nurses have been and will continue to be leaders in advancing the profession of nursing and their commitment to the delivery of safe, quality nursing care.

Editor's note: Roxanne Tarjan is executive director of the Nurses Association of New Brunswick.
Where do NB RNs Work

Hospital 65%
Community/Home 13%
Nursing Homes 10%
Other * 12%

Where do Canadian RNs Work

Hospital 60%
Community/Home 12%
Nursing Homes 17%
Other * 11%

Other *: Educational facilities, correctional
agencies, occupational health and research.
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