Self-Assessment Guide for IEN Bridging Programs

The Self-Assessment Guide for Bridging Programs is a tool to help bridging programs* evaluate their own practices against the essential components recommended in the Pan-Canadian Framework of Guiding Principles and Essential Components for Internationally Educated Nurses (IEN) Bridging Programs.

The self-assessment process offers the opportunity for programs to strive for continuous improvement through five main steps:

  1. Initial preparation that includes orienting the staff, forming and training the self-assessment team, and developing a plan.
  2. Gather documentation and score measures using the scale outlined below.
  3. Identify and analyze the strengths and areas for improvement.
  4. Prioritize the areas of improvement.
  5. Develop an action plan on the results of the process and ensure that the necessary improvements are made.

The Guide is intended to be administered collaboratively by those responsible for:

  • delivering the bridging programs (e.g., faculty, administration), and
  • developing the programs (e.g., curriculum, course content).

*A nursing bridging program addresses gaps or differences in education and competencies so that IENs can qualify to register to practice in Canada and integrate successfully into the Canadian healthcare system.