Regulatory Framework Basics
Course potential: This course is a twelve week online course designed for Internationally Educated Nurses who want to understand the role of a self-regulated nurse in British Columbia (BC). Nurses are one of twenty-six self-regulated health care professionals in BC that are governed by one the twenty-two regulatory colleges. The provincial government is responsible for a regulation that provides the definition of nursing and outlines the scope of practice for each profession, then each regulatory college is responsible to set standards, limits and conditions on based on the nurses’ education.
This course will assist nurses who have not graduated in the province BC with an overview of a regulatory college website and how to apply the regulatory framework.
Objective: At the end of this course nurses will be able to understand and apply the regulatory framework to their own practice.
Learners: The learners for this course will be from all over the world, range in ages from 20 to 60 and will come with varied life experiences. For some, English will not be their first language, but they will have already had to meet the English proficiency requirements needed to write the national entrance exams. Others may be physicians or nurse practitioners whose education does not match the entrance requirements in BC for their profession so have opted to work as a nurse in BC. Their individual technology skills will vary and some will need more guidance than others to get to understand the learning platform, but as all the learners are professionals within their respective countries not all of the concepts will be unfamiliar.
Course Assessment: This course will contain three modules, each module will have reading requirements, two or three activities and a journal entry. The learner will have 4 weeks to complete each module.
Module 1. The Professional Standards of Practice
Objective of this module:
- Explain the role of a regulatory college
- Identify the professional standards
- Be able to use reflective journaling to describe how the professional standards will be applied into practice
Professional standards are a minimum expectation of practice, and are expected of each nurse no matter where they work. Complete the following:
- Introduce yourself in the discussion forum: share what you feel comfortable sharing about where you are from and one thing that you are worried about in this course.
- Review the Regulatory College website and become familiar with the vision, mission and values statements. Post in the discussion forum the role of the regulatory college and state one thing that you did not know before, or one thing that is different from where you received your education
- Find and read the Professional Standards of Practice
- Watch video on the Controls on Practice
- Jeopardy game (self-assessment) This game is created to help you be successful in the quiz, you may play it as many times as you wish to or you can play it with others in the class.
- Quiz on Meeting the Professional Standards (10% grade)
It is multiple choice, contains 10 questions (1 mark for each question) and is open book. You will have two attempts at the quiz and must receive 80% to pass.
- Journal #1 Professional Standards (10 % grade) In this journal you will answer some focused questions. This must be typed and a minimum of 1000 words. Check rubric for marking
- Do the Professional Standards in BC differ from where you are from, explain what is different, what is the same? Describe an indicator and its role.
- What did you learn the most about the BC Professional Standards?
- How will you apply the Professional Standards to your practice?
You will have 4 weeks to complete the assignments and they can be handed in online or emailed.
Rationale: It is expected that nurse know the 4 professional standards and review them frequently as these standards apply to every area of practice. As a self-regulated professional, nurses are expected to be able to perform peer reviews of fellow nurses practice. Peer reviews provide nurses with feedback on how others see their practice and offer a chance for self-reflection into their own practice. Nurses often state that this process allows them to improve on an area of practice and validates what the nurse is doing well. Assisting a learner to learn how to do a self-assessment on their own learning allows the learner to see where they need to study more, once the learner is aware of their weaknesses then they can review the material, ask for help and gain the confidence in their learning before they attempt a quiz. (Barkley, 2010) Tools such as the jeopardy game that can used alone, or with others and permits the learner the option of learner to technology or interact with other learners. As both the terminology and technology might be a challenge for some of the learners being able to work together or post questions to each other will make learners more comfortable. Mastery is the goal of this module so allowing the learner a couple of attempts at the quiz to obtain 100% fits with the suggestions in the Online Assessment strategies paper (Sewell, Frith, & Colvin, 2010). The journal writing will help build critical thinking skills, the instructor will be able to see how the leaner is able to communicate what the difference is between where they came from and the BC standards, what was the biggest learning for them, and what they will carry forward. Journal writing builds on the learner’s communication and writing or documenting skills, skills are needed throughout the career of a nurse.
Barkley, E. F. (2010). Student Engagement Techniques. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Sewell, J. P., Frith, K. H., & Colvin, M. M. (2010, March 2010). Online Assessment Strategies: A Primer. Merlot Journal Of Online Learning and Teaching, 6(1). Retrieved from http://jolt.merlot.org/vol6no1/sewell_0310.pdf