Request for Proposals - NNAS External Audit Services 2016/2017

National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) is a Canadian not-for-profit organization comprised of 21 Nursing regulatory body members of three nursing disciplines: registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs). It is responsible for the initial assessment of internationally educated nurses (IENs) seeking registration and licensure in Canada. NNAS assesses each IEN’s nursing education for comparability to Canadian standards for entry to practice. In addition, NNAS provides an on-line application portal, receives and authenticates registration – supporting documentation, and screens IEN applications to analyze education comparability.

NNAS operates out of our head office at 215 Spadina Avenue, Unit 463, Level 4, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 2C7. The IEN assessment process is carried out by a 3rd party-vendor.

Objective

The objective of this RFP is to select an auditing firm to provide audit services for the National Nursing Assessment Service for 2016-17 (ending March 31, 2017) with the possibility of a two-year extension upon Board and Membership approval.

RFP Details

The full RFP can be seen by downloading this PDF.

Response Deadline

Proposals are due by July 27, 2016 by 4:00 pm (Eastern).

Posted on June 21, 2016 .

National Nursing Assessment Service Annual Conference 2016

The National Nursing Assessment Service is excited to be hosting its inaugural annual conference, October 18-19, 2016. This year’s theme is:

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

Day 1:  Oct.18, 2016

  • Plenary – Current Trends in the Canadian Healthcare System
  • NNAS Annual General Meeting:  Celebrating Achievements & What is on the Horizon
  • 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.

We look forward to seeing you at our inaugural Annual Conference!

When

Ends Wednesday, 19 October 2016 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

Where

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

Posted on June 13, 2016 .

NNAS 2016-2019 Strategic Plan

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 transition into full international education credential service operations, signalled the end of our pilot project phase and a move to the next level of our evolution,” says Siu Mee Cheng, NNAS Executive Director. “Our new plan will help us expand and continue to seek excellence in the services we provide to international nurses outside of Canada and Regulatory Bodies across Canada. We will continue to strive for transparency, timeliness and harmonization across jurisdictions and most importantly, we will continue to apply rigorous standards for assessing qualifications and protecting the public.”

About NNAS

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

Click here to access the 2016-19 Strategic Plan online or contact info@nnas.ca to request a hard copy. 

Media Contact
Siu Mee Cheng, MHSc., BASc., CHE
Executive Director, National Nursing Assessment Service
1-877-215-9989 ext. 4 or smcheng@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
Posted on April 4, 2016 .

Canada’s National Nursing Assessment Service applauds government’s commitment to health care in the 2016 federal budget

Toronto, ON – March 24, 2016

The National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) congratulates Finance Minister Bill Morneau on the release of his first budget and applauds the government’s commitment to working with Canada’s provinces and territories on a new health accord.

In order to address the health care challenges identified in the budget, it will be critical to provide an adequate supply of highly competent and qualified nurses and ensure their ease of mobility across Canada. NNAS is pleased that the government has announced an increase to the number of permanent resident admissions in 2016.

“Higher admission targets for new residents and increased funding for settlement programs will enable a larger number of qualified internationally educated nurses (IENs) to become registered in Canada,” says Siu Mee Cheng, NNAS Executive Director. “The programs will provide much‐needed skills training and language courses to facilitate a successful transition into the Canadian economy and society.”

NNAS also commends Budget 2016 for including a commitment to work collaboratively with provinces and territories to provide timely, reliable and comprehensive labour market information to equip Canadians with the tools to access a broad range of employment opportunities. This information will help IENs make more informed decisions about the best opportunities to pursue and where they may find those opportunities as they begin their registration journey.

NNAS is committed to the continuous improvement and expansion of services provided to support IENs and its 21 nursing regulatory body members across Canada. It strives for transparency, timeliness and harmonization across its member jurisdictions while applying rigorous standards for assessing qualifications and protecting the public.

About NNAS

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

Media Contact

Siu Mee Cheng, MHSc., BASc., CHE
Executive Director, National Nursing Assessment Service
1‐877‐215‐9989 ext. 4 or smcheng@nnas.ca

Posted on March 24, 2016 .

NNAS Ends Statement 2015-2016

NNAS exists so that:

Nursing Regulatory Bodies have a harmonized regulatory approach to licensure in Canada of internationally educated nurses at a cost that demonstrates wise stewardship.

  1. Nursing Regulatory bodies have access to a shared single initial assessment for IENs that is consistent, fair, defensible, transparent, timely and affordable:
    1. There are favourable conditions for increasing standardization and consistency for remedial education.
    2. IENs have the necessary information and supports to make informed decisions on their licensure journey.
  2. Provincial Nursing Regulatory Bodies have a national platform for ongoing collaboration of common issues and interest related to harmonization:
    1. There is a repository of nursing licensure data in Canada that supports good regulatory practice and health human resource planning (decision-making, planning, policy development, etc).
Posted on February 29, 2016 .