SASKATOON, SK, Feb. 1, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Nursing Students'
Association (CNSA) is alarmed by the decision of Canadian nurse
regulators to engage in negotiations with the National Council of State
Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), an American corporation, to create a new RN
entry-to-practice exam. "As Canadian nursing students, we are worried
that an American company will not be in the best interest of Canadian
students and will be unable to meet our unique needs that encompass our
national competencies, health care values, beliefs, issues, culture,
and context" said CNSA president Evan Jolicoeur.
The method of development is currently unclear and messages are being
misconstrued. "It is felt that this decision has been made without the
proper consultation of relevant stakeholders" said Jolicoeur. "We need
to be presented with accountable and transparent decision making to
understand what we should expect with this new entry-to-practice exam
and what our contributing role can be in this process".
"We want the Canadian nurse regulators to procure a Canadian developed
RN entry-to-practice exam that encompasses our needs" said Jolicoeur.
"In addition, we want nursing students to be consulted and registered
nurses and advance practice nurses to have a leadership role when
discussing issues of high importance that directly affect the
requirements to become a member of our professional body".
Canadian nursing education is highly respected worldwide. CNSA
encourages Canadian nursing students to continue to practice in
Canada. At this point, it is not clear how a new exam will affect the
image, standards, and mobility of Canadian nursing students. "Canadian
nursing students do not want to pay an American corporation for the
privilege of practicing as a Registered Nurse in Canada" said
Jolicoeur. "Furthermore, Canadian nursing students fear that their
personal information has the potential to be abused by a foreign
government as it would be subject to the United States Patriot Act".
"The decision regarding the Canadian RN entry-to-practice exam directly
affects the future of quality health care that will be provided to
Canadians by effectively changing the testing to entry-to-practice
competencies" said Jolicoeur. "Such a drastic change jeopardizes what
it means to be a Canadian nurse".
The Canadian Nursing Students' Association (CNSA) is the national voice of nearly 30 000 Canadian nursing students. We
are individuals, chapters, and lifetime/honorary members representing
the interests and passions of students studying to be Registered Nurses, Registered Psychiatric Nurses, Practical
Nurses, and Advance Practice Nurses across Canada.
SOURCE Canadian Nursing Students' Association
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