Last week I received my letter from CARNA that says they accepted my application and I need to go take my test. CARNA is the collage (board) of nursing in Alberta. To be exact here is the email minus personal details.
This e-mail is to advise you on the status of your application for assessment with the College & Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA). Please keep this email for your records, as it is the only notice you will receive. Under Alberta legislation and regulation an internationally educated applicant is assessed for substantially equivalent competence at the level expected of the Alberta graduate and the registered nurse (RN) in Alberta. On review of your file, it could not be determined that you currently possess the knowledge and skills (competencies) expected of an RN in Alberta. As part of the assessment of your application, you must complete a Substantially Equivalent Competency (SEC) assessment. Your application cannot proceed until after you have completed the following SEC assessment(s):
General Nursing, Maternal/Newborn Health Nursing, Child Health Nursing, Mental Health Nursing
The SEC assessment takes place in Alberta, Canada, at one of the IEN Assessment Centres of Mount Royal University, located in the city of Edmonton or the city of Calgary. Your English language proficiency has been met at this time. You have two years from the date of this e-mail to complete the SEC assessment(s). CARNA recommends that you contact the Mount Royal University IEN Assessment Centre as soon as possible to book your assessment(s), as dates are booked well in advance.
An application is considered lapsed if there is no evidence of progress toward meeting application and/or registration requirements for two (2) years. Applicants with lapsed files must apply for re-assessment by submitting a new application and fee for re-assessment and updated documentation. Application files will be securely destroyed after six (6) years of inactivity, (four (4) years after the date they are considered lapsed).
The different assessment methods utilized in the SEC assessment identify whether an applicant currently possesses the competencies that are required to fulfill the roles and responsibilities of the RN in the Canadian health care system, or if competency gaps exist, and to what extent.
- medical, surgical and specialty nursing knowledge and skills across the lifespan
- anatomy and physiology and pathophysiology knowledge
- pharmacology and medication administration
- health history and health assessment knowledge and skills
- basic and advanced clinical skills as well as use of current technology in nursing practice
- clinical judgment, problem solving, and critical thinking skills and evidence informed practice
- knowledge of the Canadian health-care system and current nursing practices
- professional responsibility and accountability
- therapeutic communication practices; nurse client interactions and relationships
- cultural competencies
- ethical decision making skills
- regulation of the profession
- CARNA Nursing Practice Standards and CNA Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses
Where can you find more information about the Alberta RN competencies?The expected competencies are found in the CARNA document: Entry to Practice Competencies for the Registered Nurses ProfessionWhat is involved in the SEC Assessment?
The email you received from CARNA identified the type (areas) of SEC assessment you are required to complete.
The SEC assessment will take from two (2) to five (5) days to complete, depending on the areas of assessment required. It involves examinations, clinical judgment interviews, and lab and case management situations designed to provide you opportunities to demonstrate your knowledge, skills and ability to meet the entry to practice competencies expected of RNs in Alberta.