Entry-level competencies for each nursing designation in Canada reflect the knowledge, skills, and judgement required of nurses to provide safe, competent, ethical and compassionate care. The entry-level competencies documents outline the essential competencies that nurses — respective to their nursing designation — must possess in order to begin practice.
In response to the changing health care environment, these competencies were updated in 2019. The Entry-Level Competencies for Licensed Practical Nurses describes the knowledge, skills, judgment and attitude required of beginning practitioners to provide safe, competent and ethical nursing care. This document is in effect as of Sept. 1, 2020.
Nurse practitioners in British Columbia practice in one of three streams of practice: family, adult or pediatric.
In January 2023, the BCCNM board approved revisions to the Entry-Level Competencies for Nurse Practitioners. The new ELCs for NPs take effect Jan. 1, 2024.
Registered nurses in British Columbia must meet the entry-level competencies to be eligible to practice in the province.
Registered Psychiatric Nurse Entry-Level Competencies describes the expected competencies for entry-level RPN practice across Canada.