Professional Development

Nursing is a dynamic and continually changing profession that requires RNs and NPs to keep current with changes in practice, health care, and technology. Below you will find links to resources that will help you stay current in your practice and gain new knowledge.

Remember that activities such as joining a live webinar, attending a workshop or participating in self-directed learning can be used as learning activities to meet the requirements of your Continuing Competence Program (CCP).

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“Nurses are accountable for providing competent care, which means they must maintain and continuously enhance the knowledge, skills, attitude and judgment required to meet client needs in an evolving health-care system.”—CNA

Below are educational resources that can support your professional development.

Cultural safety occurs when nurses engage in respectful engagement that recognizes and strives to address power imbalances that exist in all aspects of the health care system (Curtis et al., 2019). NANB believes that creation of culturally safe environments is central to providing safe, ethical, and competent nursing care.  Below are educational resources to support nurses in reflecting on and actively creating a plan for professional development related to the creation of a culturally safe practice environments. 

Supporting Culturally Safe Nursing Care (March 2022)

Cultural Competency and Sensitivity: A guide for health care providers caring for new Brunswicker’s cross-cultural populations (Public Health New Brunswick)

Indigenous Health (Canadian Nurses Association)

Aboriginal Affairs (Government of New Brunswick)

First Nations Cultural Competency (Horizon Health)

Case Study: Providing Culturally Safe Care (NANB)

Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association

First Nations Health Authority

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The toolkit linked below was created by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) to raise awareness about the inequities Indigenous peoples face, inspire compassion and drive conversations to close the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

This series of three fact sheets created by the National Collaborating Center for Indigenous Health focuses on racism experienced by Indigenous peoples in Canada – how to understand it in historical context, how it affects individuals and communities, and what programs, policies and strategies exist to combat it.

The seventh release in the Let’s Talk series, authored by the National Collaborating Center for Determinants of Health discusses racism as a critical factor that impacts health and wellbeing. It describes the concepts of race, racism and racialization and emphasizes settler colonialism and structural racism as the root causes of health and social inequities experienced by Indigenous and racialized peoples in Canada.

The MN program is designed to ensure that students acquire a thorough, integrated knowledge of nursing research, theory, and practice. The goal of the MN program is to prepare nurses for advanced practice and leadership in clinical, educational, administrative, and research roles.

For more information on the Master of Nursing program, please contact the University of your choice directly.

In collaboration with the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and the Université de Moncton (U de M), and the Regional Health Authorities, the Department of Health is proud to contribute to the professional development of New Brunswick Nurses.

The initiative is a standardized Critical Care Certificate Program, Emergency Care and Critical Care Streams, delivered by distance education. Courses may be offered to as many as eight sites depending on participants’ location and will be offered in both official languages.

The Certificate Program is 12 weeks in duration. There are 6 courses which include theory and clinical followed by a 135 hour preceptorship.


College of Extended Learning
University of New Brunswick
6 Duffie Drive
Fredericton, NB E3B 5A3
Tel: (506) 453-4646
Fax: (506) 453-3572


Éducation permanente
Université de Moncton
Salle 340, Pavillon Léopold-Taillon
Moncton, NB E1A 3E9
1 800 567-3236
Tel: (506) 858-4121
Fax: (506) 858-4489

Specialty certification is a voluntary program that allows nurses to build on the solid foundation of the Canadian RN registration and the clinical experience gained in a specialty. Certification helps nurses stay current by testing their specialized knowledge and skills.

The CNA Certification Program offers certification in 22 nursing practice specialties. As of January 2020, 19 certification exams are offered.

For more information: CNA Certification Program