Nursing jurisprudence means knowing the laws and standards that govern your nursing practice. Soon applicants who wish to practise in Alberta for the first time will need to meet a new jurisprudence requirement before receiving a practice permit. This includes:
Eventually, all current Alberta RNs and NPs will need to meet the requirement as part of their continuing competence.
We are currently working with the Alberta government to update the Registered Nurses Profession Regulation. We will notify members once the requirement takes effect.
The requirement is an online learning module called the jurisprudence module. As you go through the module, you will learn about legislation, regulations, standards and policies that affect your practice.
While the module takes a few hours to finish, you will have up to two weeks each try to complete and pass. But don’t worry, you can take as many times as you need to complete it.
By completing the jurisprudence module, you gain a greater knowledge of self-regulation, its importance to the profession and how these laws and standards impact you and your patients. Ultimately, awareness of the laws can lead to fewer errors, improved patient safety and better patient outcomes.
While you need to successfully complete the module, the focus is about learning while having fun. That’s why we took a different approach, instead of using a conventional written-exam. We sought to integrate gamification to make the module engaging to use.
What is gamification? It is the use of gaming principles in non-game contexts. It is intended to harness the engagement and focus of game playing, for purposes like educating, advertising services or programs, motivating employee productivity and more.
In the module, participants start out by choosing a character and progress through scenes and quizzes to earn points and badges for completing the challenges. At the end of the module, your points are added to determine your grade.
Questions in the module were derived from the Alberta Health Professions Act (HPA), the Registered Nurses Profession Regulation, CNA’s Code of Ethics and CARNA’s practice standards.
The module tests six areas of nursing competencies: > requirements for registration and practice permit renewal > scope of nursing practice > practice standards and ethics > continuing competence > professional conduct > governance
Similar to an open-book exam, you will have a resources library in the module to assist you, therefore preparation is not required. You can certainly become more familiar with those documents before you start the module if you’d like.
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