National Competencies for Registered Nurses in Primary Care

The development of national core competencies to guide the work of RNs employed in primary care settings has been a priority for the CFPNA since its founding in 2008.

National Competencies for Registered Nurses in Primary Care was published December 2019.

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Formal events and activities that were instrumental in the completion of this important document include:

  • CFPNA Road to Certification Sub-Committee was formed in 2016

  • Funding was received from the Public Engagement Accelerator Fund (Memorial University) in partnership with CFPNA which supported a key stakeholder meeting in Winnipeg, Manitoba May 29, 2017

  • Photo of participants from the event: 

          Back Row (left to right), Jennifer Gourlay Hennig, ​

          Ruth Martin-Misner, Siobhainn Lewis,​

          Michelle Allard, Tanya Magee, 

          Margaret Rauliuk, Ruth Schofield,

          Helena Wall

          Front Row (left to right), Julia Lukewich,

          Treena Klassen, Chrissy Rowen

  • Julia Lukewich RN PhD (Newfoundland) joined the CFPNA Executive Committee as Member at Large and is an Assistant Professor within the School of Nursing at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Julia received her PhD in Nursing at Queen's University. Her research focuses on optimizing nursing contributions to patient care within the primary care setting, specifically focusing on chronic disease management. She is the Principal Investigator of several funded projects, including a project focused on the development of core competencies for family practice nurses. Julia is leading the core competency development and along with a  team of co-applicants applied for a CIHR grant "Integrating RNs into Primary Care Across Canada" (Fall 2017). 

  • Building Family Practice Nursing Competency Workshop was held at the CFPNA Biennial Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba April 29, 2018. Participants had an opportunity to provide feedback on the draft competency statements. The Community Health Nursing Standards of Practice have been used as the guiding framework to develop family practice nursing competencies.

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