NNAS Annual Conference 2016 - We are less than 1 week away!

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The National Nursing Assessment Service is excited to be hosting its inaugural annual conference, October 18-19, 2016.  

The schedule for the conference on Day 1 will be: 8:45am - 4:45pm and on Day 2 it will be: 8:45am - 4:15pm.  Registration on both days will take place starting at 8:15am! 

This year’s theme:

Emerging Canadian Healthcare Trends and its Impact on IEN Nursing Registration.

Internationally educated nurses (IENs) play an important role in Canada’s healthcare system. NNAS’s conference will provide a platform for thought leaders to share their views on emerging issues within the Canadian healthcare landscape, including issues within Canadian healthcare workplaces, that will have an impact on IEN registration. NNAS will also share with delegates the achievements that have been made to-date on the harmonization of the preliminary IEN registration pathway.  Some of our expert and thought-provoking speakers, panelists and moderators include Ms. Deanna Williams, Dr. David Benton (NCSBN), and St. Elizabeth Healthcare, to name a few. 

The conference provides an opportunity to dialogue, network and engage in knowledge exchange and transfer amongst a diverse set of delegates that will comprise Canadian nursing regulatory body leaders and staff, government (federal and provincial), Canadian and international academia, international nursing regulatory bodies, IENs and other partners interested in IEN registration and international nursing.

Register now, and join us for two intensive days full!


Program Highlights:

Some Program Highlights:

Day 1:  Oct.18, 2016

Patient Speaker - Amanda Ross White (just added!)

Plenary – Current Trends in the Canadian Healthcare System

NNAS Annual General Meeting:  Celebrating Achievements & What is on the Horizon (Guest Speaker: Katherine Thomas, Executive Director, Texas Board of Nursing, just added!)

Plenary Panel – Current Trends in Canadian Healthcare Workplaces (D. Williams, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Other)


Day 2:  Oct.19, 2016

Plenary – Nursing Trends Around the World (D. Benton)

Canadian IEN Profile Trends (NNAS)

Plenary Panel – Trend Implications for Canadian Nursing Regulatory Bodies.



Tuesday October 18, 2016 to Wednesday 19, 2016.


Chelsea Hotel, Toronto
33 Gerrard Street West
Toronto, ON M5G 1Z4

*Special Hotel Rate for Conference Delegates


Call for Abstracts

The National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) is now accepting submissions for abstracts of:

  • Oral presentations
  • Panel presentations
  • Poster presentations

NNAS’ inaugural annual conference will be focusing on the theme:  Emerging Healthcare Trends and their Impact on (IEN) Registration.  For our first conference, the theme will be on Emerging Canadian Healthcare Trends and its Impact on IEN Nursing Registration.  We are welcoming abstracts that will present or offer up presentations / posters on initiatives that your organization has undertaken to address an emerging Canadian healthcare issue in relation to IENs and/or IEN registration.  Some of the emerging issues that are of interest include:

  • Information technology and information management (this includes social media)
  • Nursing practice
  • Patient care models
  • Diversity, Cultural Competence and Language Proficiency
  • Patient-centered care and patient experience
  • Entry-to-practice competencies
  • Other

Important Dates

  • Abstract submission opens: July 18, 2016
  • Abstract submission due: September 6, 2016
  • Notification of decisions: September 21 2016

If you have any questions about abstracts, please email: eventplanning@nnas.ca

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Posted on June 13, 2016 .

Webinar: Navigating the NNAS Process for RN, RPN and LPN in Canada


The National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) in Collaboration with the National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America (NANNNA) Presents a Webinar on:

Navigating the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) Process for RN, RPN and LPN in Canada

Time: Monday July 25, 2016 at 1:00 PM-2:30PM EST (Eastern Standard Time)
Venue: Online Webinar and/or In-person at NNAS Toronto Offices
Speaker:  Siu Mee Cheng, Executive Director, NNAS


Webinar Objectives

  • To describe the nursing registration process for RN, RPN and LPNs in Canada;
  • To discuss the role of the NNAS in the nursing registration process in Canada;
  • To discuss common pitfalls and challenges faced by internationally educated nurses in the nursing registration process;
  • To discuss strategies for navigating the nursing registration process in Canada.

To Register

Please register at email NANNNA.Canada@yahoo.com

In your registration email, please include your name, email address, province/state, and registration class (RPN, RN, LPN).  Please register by July 20, 2016. Please indicate if you are attending by webinar or in-person).  The login / office location information for the webinar will be sent to you a week before the webinar.

About NNAS

The National Nursing Assessment Service is an incorporated Canadian not-for-profit organization, comprised of twenty-one nurse regulatory bodies (RNs, LPNs and RPNs) that collectively developed a harmonized approach to the initial assessment of internationally educated nurses (IENs). NNAS is the single-point-of-entry for all IENs seeking to initiate nursing licensure in any of the nine Canadian provinces (exclude PQ), and provides greater transparency, timeliness and predictability the 21 regulatory bodies.  In addition to applying an evidence informed approach to assessing education credentials in order to support serving the interest of the public.


The National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America (NANNNA) is a united organization of all the Nigerian Nurses Associations and Nursing School Alumni in North America working to improve the health and quality of lives of Nigerians at home and abroad.

Posted on June 10, 2016 .