Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Nurses Association Upset U.S. Group Chosen to Provide Entry Exams: Canadian Nurses Object to U.S. Entry Exam

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Nurses Association Upset U.S. Group Chosen to Provide Entry Exams: Canadian Nurses Object to U.S. Entry Exam

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TORONTO - The Canadian Nurses Association wants the entry exam for nurses to be Canadian-made and Canadian-owned, not American.

The Canadian association and its subsidiary Assessment Strategies Inc. developed and maintain the current pencil-and-paper exam, and submitted a proposal in a recent competition to deliver an online version starting in 2015.

But in early December, regulatory bodies in the provinces and territories -- except for Quebec and Yukon -- selected the American-based National Council of State Boards of Nursing as a partner to develop a new computer-based test that would be taken by both Canadian and U.S. nurses.

The U.S. market and health-care system are different from Canada's, and that reality needs to be recognized in the exam, said Canadian Nurses Association president Judith Shamian.

"Since I've been involved in nursing leadership in this country ... I have not seen an outpouring of concern on an issue as I have seen on this topic," she said in an interview, noting that more than 12,000 nurses have looked online at materials about the proposed change and that she gets lots of emails daily.

"By and large, nurses are outraged."

Last year about 12,000 candidates across Canada wrote the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination.

The association has drawn up a list of principles that it wants to be followed to ensure the new exam aligns with the curriculum of Canadian nursing schools and reflects the unique qualities and values of the Canadian publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.

It also expressed concern that Canadian exam data and personal information be kept private and not be subject to the USA Patriot Act, which among other things, reduced restrictions on searches of business records in a bid to fight terrorism.

One of the provincial regulators says a criteria of the competition was compliance with Canada's Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.

The U.S. proposal is "currently compliant," said Anne Coghlan, executive director and CEO of the College of Nurses of Ontario, one of the regulators that chose to go with the U.S.-based exam.

The new exam will include active participation by Canadian registered nurses in writing and reviewing items, and translating the content into French, Coghlan said in an interview Friday shortly after the nurses association held a news conference in Toronto. …

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