The Future Quality Assurance Program
Here’s what we’re doing with our Quality Assurance Program to support nurses with their continued learning.
The College maintains a Quality Assurance Program to meet its mandate of protecting the public by making sure nurses are taking responsibility for practicing nursing safely throughout their careers. All 26 regulated health professions in Ontario are legislated to establish and maintain such a program.
So, what exactly is the College’s Quality Assurance (QA) Program? Quality Assurance is our commitment to public safety. It’s a mandatory program where all nurses are accountable for actively updating their knowledge and skills to strengthen and enhance the quality of their practice. You can learn more on our QA Program page.
In 2016, the College’s Council explored the purpose of QA and future trends. It was decided that Council would lead the development of a new QA model for the College.
In December 2017, Council approved a conceptual QA model. The development and design of the model will start in 2018. Additional components will be phased in throughout the course of its development.
The new Quality Assurance (Future QA) model supports nurses accountabilities of their continued competence by actively updating their knowledge and skill set. Future QA activities will support nurses with their ongoing professional development.
In the new model, all nurses will complete and submit their Learning Plan when renewing their annual membership. Nurses who are selected for Practice Assessment will also have to complete a self- assessment and obtain feedback from peers in the form of a multisource feedback process.
The goal for 2018 is to develop the components in step one of the model. We will also be elevating the profile of the QA program by promoting the value of QA in supporting continued competence and professional development.
We will be engaging with nurses to understand their current experience with QA. We will also be consulting with other key stakeholders to assess and obtain feedback on important aspects of the Future QA model, such as the Learning Plan.
From these consultations, we will design the tools, process and policies for step one of the model.
Future QA project development timelines for 2018
At each of the four Council meetings in 2017, Council members reviewed different reports and evidence, listened to experts in QA and continuous learning and provided their feedback. The objective was for Council to choose a new model for the QA Program by the end of the year.
In December 2017, Council approved a conceptual QA model
These are the resources that have been presented to Council to help generate discussion and develop a future model for the QA Program.