NNAS is an incorporated national body of member nurse regulatory bodies that collectively developed a harmonized approach to the initial assessment of internationally educated nurses (IENs). This provides greater transparency, timeliness and predictability across Canadian jurisdictions, in addition to applying rigorous standards for qualification assessment, in the interest of the public.
A key benefit of the NNAS is increased access for IENs based on multiple delivery channels, enhanced online capabilities, and faster turnaround time for basic processes.
Significant features of the NNAS include:
- A single national web portal
- A common approach to initial document collections, authentication, validation and fraud screening
- A consistent competency based assessment of the IEN application file
- A consistent format advisory reports to regulatory bodies to inform eligibility assessments
- A bilingual customer care centre for IEN applicants
- A national IEN database providing enhanced reporting and analysis capabilities
Innovative Nursing Organization Poised for Growth
Toronto, ON – April 4, 2016
The National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) is pleased to launch its 2016-19 Strategic Plan: Building a Foundation for the Future.
NNAS is a young, innovative organization that was created through an unprecedented collaboration among Canada’s nurse regulators, working together to develop a common national assessment process for internationally educated nurses (IENs) seeking registration to practise in Canada.
The 2016-19 Strategic Plan, the organization’s first, is based on information gathered from the Regulatory Bodies that are members of NNAS, as well as IEN clients, external stakeholder and partners. It builds on the accomplishments of NNAS to date and lays a solid foundation for future growth.
Established in 2012, NNAS achieved a great deal during its start-up years. In addition to building the new organization from the ground up, NNAS partnered with countless organizations, working groups and individuals to develop, test and refine the service. This work culminated in the 2015 launch of a new, streamlined single entry process for IENs applying for licensure to practise in Canada. As a result, Canada’s nurses became the first health regulatory group in the country to create one common application process for internationally trained professionals.
“With a mandate to protect the public, Canada’s nurse regulators had a vision of creating an assessment process for IENs that was open, fair and consistent, while ensuring the highest standards of care,” says Mary-Anne Robinson, NNAS Board Chair. “It has been extremely gratifying to see that vision become a reality.”
The 2016-19 Strategic Plan includes Board goals and key themes that will guide the organization for the next three years and articulates a series of strategic directions that will lead to further quality improvement commitments, increased engagement across the NNAS membership and the development of a stable and effective organizational infrastructure.
The National Nursing Assessment Service was created in 2012 by 21 Canadian nursing regulatory bodies working with the provincial and federal governments, to create a harmonized process to collect the requisite documentation and to assess education credentials of internationally educated nurses in order to support Canadian nursing registration. Its membership consists of the 21 licensed practical nurse, registered nurse and registered psychiatric nurse regulatory bodies in Canada, except Quebec and the territories. NNAS is governed by a 12-member board of directors representing the three regulated nursing groups. Start-up funding was provided by the regulatory bodies, provincial governments and the Government of Canada. For more information visit www.nnas.ca
I would like to take this opportunity to commend the National Nursing Assessment Service for its work in supporting nurses.
— The Honourable Jane Philpott, P.C., M.P., Minister of Health, March 2016
Initial contributions were provided by the 22, RN , LPN and RPN member regulatory bodies as well as several Provincial Governments.
Key funding, however, for Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the NNAS project has been provided by the Government of Canada's Foreign Credential Recognition Program (FCRP). The board and member organizations of NNAS wish to acknoweldge the significant contribution and support of this initiative by the FCRP.
Meet the Chair and Vice-Chair of the National Nursing Assessment Service
Chair, National Nursing Assessment Service
Vice-chair, National Nursing Assessment Service
NNAS Board of Directors
College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba
College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta
Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses
Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador
Prince Edward Island Licensed Practical Nurses
Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
College of Nurses of Ontario
College of Licensed Practical Nurses of BC
Registrar/Chief Executive Officer
College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia
Chief Executive Officer
College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta
College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba
Chief Executive Officer
College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia
Registered Nurse Member Organizations
- Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador
- Association of Registered Nurses of Prince Edward Island
- College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia
- Nurses Association of New Brunswick
- College of Nurses of Ontario
- College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba
- Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association
- College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta
- College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia
Licensed Practical Nurse/Registered Practical Nurse Member Organizations
- College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador
- Licensed Practical Nurses Association of Prince Edward Island
- College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia
- Association of New Brunswick Licensed Practical Nurses
- College of Nurses of Ontario
- College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba
- Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses
- College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta
- College of Licensed Practical Nurses of British Columbia
Registered Psychiatric Nurse Member Organizations
- College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba
- Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan
- College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta
- College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia