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[TW1] ).
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
NNAS 2016-2019 Strategic Plan
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. Click here to access the 2016-19 Strategic Plan online, or contact us to request a hard copy.