The Canadian Council for Practical Nurse Regulators (CCPNR), on behalf of the Canadian Nurse Regulators Collaborative (CNRC), has contracted ASTEC Inc. to conduct an environmental scan of the fluency requirements appropriate for safe nursing practice in Canada.
Specifically, the scan will:
- identify trends and their impact in language proficiency testing for safe nursing practice in Canada;
- review and assess the benchmarks for the accepted English fluency/proficiency tests: Official CELBAN and Academic IELTS, and accepted fluency/proficiency French test: TEF for Registered Nurses (RN) and Licensed/Registered Practical Nurses (LPN) resulting from the initial national standards setting exercise in 2010;
- recommend reviews necessary to the 2010 benchmark scores including the applicability of these scores to Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPN) in Canada; and
- propose directions and next steps for consideration by CNRC.