Registered Nurse (Additional Authorized Practice) [RN(AAP)]


To practice nursing in Saskatchewan, you must be registered and licenced to practice registered nursing with the SRNA. Only if you have a licence to practice nursing can you call yourself, or be employed as, a "nurse", "registered nurse", "graduate nurse", "registered nurse (nurse practitioner)" or "registered nurse (graduate nurse practitioner)".


RN(AAP)

RN(AAP) is an RN who has met the educational and licensure requirements, and demonstrates the ability to apply Additional Authorized Practice standards & competencies to diagnose & treat Limited Common Medical Disorders using a Clinical Decision Tool (CDT). An RN(AAP) can only prescribe and dispense the medications that are identified in a CDT, and must have access to a physician or a RN(NP) for consultation and orders when required to go outside CDTs. Information on RN(AAP).


RN(AAP) Requirements for Registration and Licensure

To apply for registration and licensure, an applicant for RN(AAP) must:

1. be licenced with the SRNA as a RN in good standing;

2. meet the educational requirements (see Education) and have eligibility for licensure from the Registrar.

3. complete an initial application form and pay the application fee. * For the 2017 licensure year only, there will be no fee for an initial RN(AAP) licence for applicants who have completed PLAR.


Education

An applicant must demonstrate successful completion of one of the following:

SRNA approved education program
The Continuing Nursing Education with Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers the 3 required courses (NURS 225 - Health Assessment PHAR 271 - Clinical Drug Therapy NURS 1679 Clinical Decision/Auth Pract)

Upon completion, the SRNA will be notified by the program head that the applicant has passed the courses.

Applicants are required to submit course transcripts sent directly from Saskatchewan Polytechnic to the SRNA Registrar. Contact Saskatchewan Polytechnic to order course transcripts.

Recognized education courses Are courses that an applicant has currently completed from an advanced nursing education program and have been deemed equivalent by the SRNA Registrar to the SRNA approved education courses for RN(AAP). Email register@srna.org for information.

PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition) The PLAR process provides a mechanism which allows RNs to demonstrate that they possess the SRNA required competencies for the RN with additional authorized practice through a combination of education (formal and informal) and professional practice. Information on PLAR.


Annual renewal

Will begin in the 2018 licensure year (fall 2017).

Once licenced as a RN(AAP), a member must meet the hourly practice bylaw requirements (See Hours of Practice) and the Continuing Competence Program.

Information on renewal will be emailed to the member prior to the beginning of the annual licensure renewal.



Hours of Practice

Under Bylaw VI, Section 2 (5) (a), ‘To maintain eligibility for registration for additional authorized practice, a registered nurse must: work in additional authorized practice activities for at least 900 hours in the 3 years immediately preceding the registration year for which registration is sought’. Example: to be eligible for the 2020 licensure year, a RN(AAP) must have worked at least 900 hours from December 1, 2016 - November 30, 2019 inclusive.

RN(AAP)’s must also maintain RN Licensure and meet the 1125 RN hourly bylaw requirement in a five-year period immediately preceding the registration year for which registration is sought.


Continuing Competence Program (CCP)

It is a requirement for an RN(AAP) to participate in the CCP on an annual basis.

All aspects of the program must be completed in order to be eligible for renewal.

RN(AAP)’s must complete a personal assessment of both the RN Standards and Foundation Competencies, and the RN(AAP) Standards and Competencies, and then choose at least one competency that is related to the AAP practice.

Documents for the CCP

For assistance contact practiceadvice@srna.org