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.”
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
Siu Mee Cheng, MHSc., BASc., CHE
Executive Director, National Nursing Assessment Service
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