Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association


On February 22, 2016, the Canadian Council of Registered Nurse Regulators (CCRNR) released the findings of the Nurse Practitioner (NP) Practice Analysis. Conducted by CCRNR, the analysis uncovered key information that will inform future regulatory decisions in NP practice across Canada.

The most significant findings from the NP Practice Analysis demonstrates that NPs across Canada use the same competencies in their practice in all Canadian jurisdictions and across the three streams of NP practice: family/all ages, adult and pediatrics.

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NP Entry-Level Competencies (Draft)

CCRNR Entry-Level Competencies for Nurse Practitioners in Canada (Draft)


As indicated in the recent CCRNR NP Practice Analysis communication, it is now possible to introduce new entry-level competencies for NPs in Canada. The NP Practice Analysis is complete. CCRNR and regulatory bodies from all jurisdictions have been seeking consultation with stakeholders to determine the regulatory implications of NP entry-level competencies.

The SRNA has completed the consultation process in Saskatchewan.
We would like to thank;

  • Educators who participated in a focus group to discuss implications for NP curriculum and program approval.
  • SK Neonatal NPs who participated in a focus group and for validating that the entry level competencies reflect current practice.
  • RN(NP)s, RNs, stakeholders and members of the public who provided feedback through focus groups, webinars, telephone calls, discussions and emails.
  • Members on the RN(NP) Advisory Working Group for their support with introducing national entry –level competencies for NPs across Canada.


Overall, the feedback the SRNA received is that the NP entry-level competency statements are clear and that they accurately reflect the current practice of NP entry-level practice in Saskatchewan.

Next Steps:

  • May – SRNA will complete the review of feedback received on the NP ELCs.
  • July – SRNA will bring some suggested revisions to the CCRNR working group for consideration to the national NP entry-level competencies. The NP ELC document will remain in draft until after this national review.
  • August - NP entry-level competencies to SRNA Council for approval.
  • September/October - NP ECLs to CCRNR Executive as final step in recognition of national NP entry-level competencies.
  • The SRNA has begun work and consultation to develop NP Practice Standards that will accompany the NP ELCs. This will include a review of the current SRNA Registered Nurse (Nurse Practitioner) RN(NP) Standards and Core Competencies, 2011 and the SRNA Clinical Expectations for RN(NP)s, 2003. More information and timelines to follow on how you can be involved with shaping NP practice standards.


If you have any questions about the NP Entry-level Competencies you can contact Donna Cooke, SRNA staff by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 306-359-4202