All nurses registered in the General and Extended Classes are required to complete their Self-Assessment every year. Self-Assessment is a self-directed, two-part process that results in a Learning Plan.


The process of self-assessment involves two parts:

  • Practice Reflection
  • Developing a Learning Plan


Part 1: Practice Reflection

Practice Reflection is the intentional process of critically thinking about your practice daily to identify the strengths and gaps in your practice that require continuous learning.

When reflecting, take the time to explore a situation or change in your practice. Think about what you did well and if there are areas for improvement. Considering areas of improvement will help to determine your learning gaps and what you can do to improve or enhance your practice.

CNO recognizes the impact the pandemic continues to bring to the nursing profession. A series of reflective questions have been developed to help you reflect on your experiences and support you in identifying areas in your practice for continued learning.

Part 2: Developing and maintaining a Learning Plan

After identifying your learning gaps, you must develop learning goals to improve the areas in your practice needing further development. A Learning Plan allows you to write down your goals, describe the activities you plan to complete to achieve your goals and track your learning activities. CNO suggests that you develop at least two learning goals to focus on each year.

Your Learning Plan is evidence of the activities you did to help you maintain your competence as a nurse. You are expected to update your Learning Plan regularly and keep it for two years.

See Quality Assurance: Your Guide to Self-Assessment for more information about how to develop a Learning Plan.

Page last reviewed November 08, 2021