Streamlining nursing assessment
Alberta’s government is launching a new pilot project to create a more efficient assessment system for internationally educated nurses arriving in Alberta.
Alberta has the best front-line health-care workers in the world, and the government will work to have the right supports in place to ensure Albertans get the care they need, when and where they need it. By improving processes for international educated nurses to join Alberta’s workforce, the government can help ensure the province’s health-care system remains strong, now and in the future.
“Through this pilot, we are streamlining the nursing assessment so internationally educated nurses will be able to determine their best path forward into Alberta’s job market and health-care system.”
Kaycee Madu, Minister of Skilled Trades and Professions
“We are committed to removing barriers for internationally educated nurses who want to work and live in Alberta. By streamlining the process, nurses can begin practising sooner and we can continue strengthening the health-care workforce that provides support to Albertans when and where they need it.”
Jason Copping, Minister of Health
With a $200,000 grant, the “triple-track” assessment pilot project will establish an Alberta assessment facility for internationally educated nurses and allow them to apply with the College of Registered Nurses of Alberta, rather than travelling to British Columbia to have their skills assessed.
The program will assess the skills and abilities of internationally educated nurses and match them to one of Alberta’s three occupational nursing categories: registered nurse, licensed practical nurse and health-care aide. This will help streamline the credential process and reduce wait times for internationally educated nurses looking to join Alberta’s workforce.
“The College of Registered Nurses of Alberta supports and welcomes innovative investments in Alberta’s health-care system to streamline, modernize and improve the current pathways for internationally educated nurses coming to this province.”
Joy Peacock, chief executive officer and registrar, College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta
“The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta is dedicated to supporting internationally educated nurses on their nursing journey. Establishing an assessment centre in Alberta provides an opportunity for the applicant to demonstrate their skills and knowledge while supporting an understanding of how their experience aligns in Alberta, empowering nurses to choose the path that is best for them.”
Jeanne Weis, registrar and chief executive officer, College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta
An Alberta assessment site using the new model is expected to open in the fall of 2023.
- The new competency-based assessment model will streamline competency assessment for those seeking to work in the health-care system. It is not a replacement for the credential assessment model, which will remain available.
- The “triple-track” assessment is a pilot project between the College of Registered Nurses of Alberta, the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta and the Nursing Community Assessment Service.