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How can registered nurses ensure their skills are current?
Canadian RNs are accountable for providing competent nursing care, which means they must maintain and continuously enhance the knowledge, skills, attitude and judgment required to meet client needs in an evolving health-care system.

Where can I obtain information about continuing education programs?
There is a wide range of continuing nursing education programs offered by colleges and universities, employers, nursing interest groups, professional associations and private companies. CNA’s education database is a great place to learn about your options. You can also check the nursing or health sciences programs at your local university or community college, as well as through the faculty or department of continuing education, for courses, certificate or degree programs.

The Association of Canadian Community Colleges maintains a database of all the programs offered by their member associations. Provincial or territorial nurses associations and colleges may also have the continuing education information you’re looking for.

Can my continuing education count toward a degree?

Even if you’re not currently planning on earning a bachelor’s or master’s degree, it may be possible to take courses that can be credited toward a degree later in case your plans change. Only the faculty that awards the degree can tell you if a particular course would be eligible for credit toward the degree.

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