How many members are selected for the audit?
The CCP Framework identifies that up to five percent of practicing RNs and NPs will be audited annually. For the 2018 audit, 250 members were selected, which works out to 4.7% of eligible members.
What are the criteria used to select members for the audit?
Any member who renews a practicing license and indicates that they have completed CCP may be selected for the audit. Additional selection criteria, such as primary area of responsibility, are used to ensure members are included from across different areas of practice (e.g., acute care, long term care, education, administration/management, etc.,). The selection process also ensures that five percent of eligible NPs and five percent of those who are self-employed are included in the audit.
Can I be audited more than once?
Yes. Members can be chosen for the audit annually. Participation in the audit process for a licensure year does not exclude you from being included in the audit in subsequent licensure years.
If I am selected for the audit, how will I be notified?
Members will receive an initial notification via email to advise that they have been selected for the audit. A letter detailing the requirements and the deadline to submit the documentation will also be sent to the member's home address.
If I am selected for the audit, do I have to participate? Can I be granted an exemption or extension?
Participation in the audit is mandatory as it is a legislated requirement outlined in the Registered Nurses Regulations (2013). Under this process, there are no exemptions from the audit nor are there extensions to the deadline.
What happens if I don’t submit the documents requested for the audit?
Members who do not comply with the request and fail to submit the required documentation are in breach of the Registered Nurses Regulations (2013) and will be referred to the Director of Regulatory Services or her designate.
Which documents do I need to submit for the audit and where do I find them?
The CCP Toolkit contains the forms for the program. There is a toolkit for RNs and another for NPs.
For the audit, members are required to submit copies of the following documents from the toolkit:
- Professional Development Learning Plan
- Professional Development Evaluation Form
Members must also submit verification of a minimum of seven (7) formal Continuous Learning (CL) hours (e.g., CCP tracking forms, certificates, etc.).
Members should retain all original documents for their records and submit only copies of the requested documents. Documents submitted to ARNNL for the audit will not be returned.
- CCP tutorial,
- resource articles,
- archived education session on CCP, and
- examples of continuous learning activities.
How long do I have to submit the documents to ARNNL?
Members are provided 45 days to submit documentation to allow time for individual circumstances such as travel, personal matters or other situations. Documents must be received at ARNNL House within the specified timeframe.
How is the audit conducted?
The audit will be conducted by RNs and NPs of the ARNNL Advisory Committee on Continuing Competence and volunteer RN/NP auditors. The review is conducted in person using an audit tool that monitors:
- evidence of participation in the program (a minimum of 14 hours of continuous learning - including verification of at least seven formal hours);
- linkages between the standards/indicators, learning plan goal(s) and learning hours; and
- evidence of completion of all sections of the CCP documents (Professional Development Learning Plan and Professional Development Evaluation Form).
Members who submit CCP documentation that does not demonstrate that the audit criteria were met will be contacted by the ARNNL nursing consultant for further education and follow-up. This notification will also be sent by email.
Michelle Carpenter, RN, BN, MEd.
Nursing Consultant - Policy and Practice
Telephone: (709) 753-6174