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Entry-level competencies


Entry-level competencies for each nursing designation in Canada reflect the knowledge, skills, and judgement required of nurses to provide safe, competent, ethical and compassionate care. The entry-level competencies documents outline the essential competencies that nurses — respective to their nursing designation — must possess in order to begin practice.​​​​​

Licensed practical nurse (LPN)

Entry-to-Practice Competencies for Licensed Practical Nurses​ describes the expected competencies for entry-level LPN practice across Canada. This document also serves as a guide for curriculum development and creates public and employer awareness of the practice expectations of the entry-level LPN.​​​

Registered nurse (RN)

Registered nurses in British Columbia must meet the entry-level competencies to be eligible to practice in the province.​​​

Nurse practitioner (NP)

​​​​Nurse practitioners in British Columbia practice in one of three streams of practice: family, adult or pediatric.​​​

Registered psychiatric nurse (RPN)

Registered Psychiatric Nurse Entry-Level Competencies​ describes the expected competencies for entry-level RPN practice across Canada.​​​