Substantially Equivalent Competency (SEC) Assessment

What is a Substantially Equivalent Competency (SEC) assessment?
If, after review of the documentation you provided with your application and your NNAS Advisory Report, the SRNA is not able to determine that your competence to practice is equivalent to the competencies required for all RNs in Saskatchewan, you will be asked to complete a Substantially Equivalent Competency (SEC) assessment.

The SEC assessment is used to determine if Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) are prepared to provide safe, ethical, and competent nursing care according to Canadian RN scope of practice expectations. The SEC assessment will provide you an opportunity to demonstrate that you meet the entry-level competencies in Saskatchewan. 

It includes the complexities of registered nursing practice (holistic care) and Primary Health Care principles and approaches.  The SEC assessment provides IENs the opportunity to demonstrate their capacity for Canadian RN scope of practice in a way that complements the evidence provided in the NNAS Advisory Report provided to SRNA. 


What areas of nursing are assessed? 

An IEN may be referred by SRNA for an assessment in any (or all) of the following areas:
• General Nursing
• Maternal Newborn Health Nursing
• Child Nursing
• Mental Health Nursing