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2/13/2014 5:00 PM

​​The Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) has adopted new accreditation standards for nursing education in Canada that strengthen patient safety, and incorporate key elements drawn from the Canadian Patient Safety Institute’s Safety Competencies    CASN’s accreditation standards are statements of excellence that define what schools are expected to strive toward. The new standards set expectations for schools to provide opportunities for learners to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes to provide safe, ethical and person-centred care as a member of the interprofessional team.

 “Patient safety must be considered in everything that nurses do,” says Joni Boyd, Manager of Accreditation (CASN).  “The new standards elevate patient safety and put more onus on preparing graduates for a system that works for everyone through communication, teamwork, interprofessional collaboration,  and through a more  objective approach to patient safety issues.”

To be accredited, the nursing program must include these key elements:

  1. The program provides opportunities for learners to develop practice patterns that contribute to a culture of patient safety.
  2. The program develops learners’ abilities to anticipate, recognize, and manage situations that place patients at risk.
  3. The program develops learners’ understanding of and ability to recognize, respond to, and disclose adverse events and to adopt practices that constitute continuing improvement of competence.
  4. The program provides opportunities for learners that foster self-regulation, the development of accountability and responsibility for one’s practice, and ensures their ability to deliver safe, ethical nursing care.
  5. The program provides opportunities for learners to develop an understanding of requirements for practice reflecting relevant nursing practice standards within their licensing jurisdiction.
  6. The program provides learners with opportunities to understand and apply existing codes of nursing ethics, guidelines and standards for nursing practice in clinical situations.
  7. The program provides opportunities for learners to develop functional working relationships, including intra/interprofessional, and intersectoral collaboration.
  8. The program provides opportunities for learners to develop theoretical and practical knowledge of relational practice, cultural safety, and social and political advocacy.

CASN is the national voice for nursing education, research, and scholarship and represents baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in Canada.  For more information, contact