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PN Exam Transition Working Group

The PN Exam Transition Working Group provides expertise and consultation during the transition period of the Practical Nurse (PN) Exam project. This is a time-limited group, which will be in place for about 24 to 36 months. The group includes academic stakeholders and College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) staff.

The main objectives of the group are to:

  • provide expertise on the development of an exam transition plan for PN programs in Ontario
  • identify relevant evaluation metrics
  • identify risk and mitigation strategies related to the PN exam transition process
  • provide insight on emerging trends in the education sector that may impact exam provider transition
  • advise and make recommendations on the recruitment of focus group/survey participants, if required.

The six academic members on the group represent varied geography and French and English PN programs. CNO has provided a project lead who is responsible for the operations of the group. The group’s chair is CNO’s Director Practice Quality. Ad hoc members are added as required.

Additional Terms of Reference 

Overview:

This working group will provide expertise and consultation during the Practical Nurse (PN) Exam provider transition period. This is a time-limited group that will span approximately 24 to 36 months. The group will include College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) staff and academic stakeholders. 

Terms of Reference: 

  • To provide expertise on the development of an exam transition plan for the practical nursing programs in Ontario.
  • To identify relevant evaluation metrics.
  • To identify risk and mitigation strategies related to the PN exam transition process.
  • To provide insight on emerging trends in the education sector that may impact exam provider transition.
  • To advise and make recommendations on the recruitment of focus group/survey participants if required.

Membership:

The Work Group is comprised of CNO staff and academic stakeholders. CNO will have a project lead who will be responsible for the operations of the Committee. The Committee chair is CNO’s Manager, Education Program. There will be Ad Hoc members as required.

Six external members will be recruited by CNO that represent: varied geography and French and English PN programs. 

Meetings:

After an initial teleconference in the fall of 2018 to set the context for the group, an in-person meeting was held at the CNO office at the start of the project. Video and/or teleconferences will be held every month and/or as needed. An additional meeting of the group will be convened in 2022, post implementation of the new exam.

  • CNO will be responsible for the WG members' travel costs.

Accountability:

The work group is accountable to CNO’s Director, Practice Quality.

June Macdonald Loyalist - Belleville
Mary Jane Comiskey Lambton - Sarnia
Lise Bonin Boreal - Sudbury
Tania Pynn Confederation - Thunder Bay
Sandy Deluca Fanshawe - London
Wendy Ellis George Brown - Toronto
Carol Timmings College of Nurses of Ontario
Anne Marie Shin College of Nurses of Ontario
Donna Rawlin College of Nurses of Ontario
Page last reviewed October 03, 2019