Who and Why?
Assessment Centre General Information
Why and Who?
The following information explains why a competence assessment is done and who can participate in a competence assessment.
A nursing competence assessment gives the nurse and the RN Regulatory Body a full assessment of the nurse’s knowledge, skills and abilities to practice nursing in Canada.
The three RN regulatory bodies in the Maritime Provinces are the Nova Scotia College of Nursing, the College of Registered Nurses of Prince Edward Island and the Nurses Association of New Brunswick.
To be "competent" one must be able to apply nursing knowledge, skills and abilities to the performance standard that is expected in the workplace. A competence assessment involves collecting evidence and making judgments about whether competence has been achieved. A competence assessment is about confirming that an individual can perform to the acceptable standard of performance (e.g., the entry-level competencies of the Registered Nurse). This is not a pass/fail assessment but a measure of the nurse’s actual ability to practice nursing safely in Canada.
Nurses educated as RNs are referred to the Assessment Centre by the RN Regulatory Body. The following list describes the appropriate candidates for a competence assessment: