Basic nursing education must equip beginning practitioners with the knowledge, skills and judgement to provide safe, effective and ethical nursing care. As a self-regulating profession, with the College as its regulatory body, nursing sets standards for the educational preparation and qualifications of individuals entering the profession. According to the Registered Nurses Act, the College is required to establish standards for and approve the university-based nursing education programs in Nova Scotia.
Other College initiatives aimed at promoting good practice include continuing education sessions on professional aspects of nursing, and the Entry-Level Competence Project. This competence project will, with the input of nursing experts, establish the competency requirements for entry-level nurses in specific practice environments.