Your professional development plan is a confidential document you create that guides and records the activities you undertake to meet the BCCNP Standards of Practice for your nursing designation, as well as your employer’s expectations.
Creating a professional development plan is one way nurses indicate to the public that they are maintaining their competence to practise and take their professional development obligation seriously. This commitment is an important part of being self-regulated.
We heard from nurses that they wanted a place to plan and document their continuous professional development. For those who are participating in the multisource feedback cycle, you'll be using the "Action Plan" section of My Professional Plan.
For those who are not yet in the multisource feedback cycle, we’ve put together a dynamic Quality Assurance portfolio. It allows you to track your activities over the year, and evaluate your progress as you go.
This document is for your use—there is no requirement to submit to BCCNP. You’re welcome to share your thoughts and ideas in the Portfolio with your manager or colleagues as part of your professional development, or simply use it for your own reference. Be sure to save the PDF to your computer before you begin.
The foundation of a professional development plan is self-assessment and peer feedback: this is how you will identify the areas you want to focus on. A great place to start your self assessment is by completing the BCCNP self-assessment questionnaire.
Registered nurses holding a certified practice designation need to include at least one professional development activity related to their certification in their professional development plan.
Then using SMART goals, plan:
Regularly evaluate your progress and ask yourself:
Make your goals:
Based on my self-assessment and peer feedback, document my learning needs and goals.
Learning Needs & Goals (example)
What is the most effective way to relieve acute pain in pediatric patients i.e. burns or trauma?
Which BCCNP Professional Standard(s) does this relate to?
Now set some SMART goals
Download sample professional development plan template #1
Download sample professional development plan template #2
Tip: BCCNP offers convenient ways to learn! Our web learning modules cover a wide range of topics, and can form a part of your professional development.
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