Protecting Patients from Sexual Abuse and Misconduct course
All registrants must complete the eLearning course Protecting Patients from Sexual Abuse and Misconduct available in My Learning Space. Current registrants must complete the two-and-a-half-hour course by September 2022 to renew their 2022-2023 practice permit. After September 2022, the course will be a prerequisite for new applicants prior to receiving a practice permit.
The corresponding Protection of Patients from Sexual Abuse and Misconduct Standards are in effect now, and regulated members are accountable to adhere to them. The College extended the course requirement deadline by one year to ensure a smooth 2021-2022 renewal process during the pandemic.Log in and start the course
WHY IS THIS A REQUIREMENT?
The Government of Alberta passed Bill 21: An Act to Protect Patients, which came into force April 1, 2019. The Act directs that all health profession regulators establish a patient relations program which includes training for registrants on protecting patients from sexual abuse and sexual misconduct. The College collaborated with the Alberta Federation of Regulated Health Professions to develop education modules on protecting patients from sexual abuse and sexual misconduct for all regulated health professions in Alberta.
The mandatory Protecting Patients from Sexual Abuse and Misconduct course covers expectations for the nursing profession and its relationships with patients. The knowledge and application of these expectations by registrants will help to protect patients from sexual abuse and misconduct.
HOW TO COMPLETE THE COURSE SUCCESSFULLY
The course requires you to achieve 100 per cent on the quiz and complete the components below.
The Alberta Federation of Regulated Health Professions has created three modules whose aim is to increase knowledge of Bill 21: An Act to Protect Patients - Alberta's legislation to address sexual abuse and sexual misconduct among regulated health professions. The modules will also help you to recognize and prevent sexual abuse and sexual misconduct in your practice environment. This component consists of the following three modules and key objectives:
Module 1: Introduction to An Act to Protect Patients
- Define sexual abuse and sexual misconduct
- Examine the definition of a patient
- Explore trauma and the effects of sexual abuse and misconduct
Module 2: Preventing Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct
- Examine therapeutic relationships
- Explore boundary violations
- Examine trauma-informed precautions
Module 3: When Sexual Abuse or Sexual Misconduct has Occurred
- Examine the duty to report, including self-reporting and reporting other regulated members
- Review mandatory sanctions for sexual abuse and sexual misconduct
- Examine College requirements for written decisions
Throughout the modules, you will find knowledge checks and reflection activities. At the end of each module, there is a practice quiz to help you reflect on your knowledge and understanding of the module content. You have two attempts to answer the practice quiz questions, after these two attempts you will be provided with the rationale for the correct responses.
You must view all module content and complete all the activities and practice quiz questions to complete this course component.
The final quiz consists of 19 true/false, multiple choice, and multiple response questions. It may take 10-20 minutes to complete. You have unlimited attempts to pass the quiz and can take as much time as you need. The quiz must be taken in one sitting or you must start over.
You must answer all questions correctly to achieve 100% and pass the quiz.
Frequently asked questions
Who must complete this course?
Not yet, all applicants will complete this course during the permit process starting October 1, 2022.
Yes, registered nurses and nurse practitioners must complete this course for renewal 2022-2023. Registrants transitioning to non-practicing status for 2022-2023 will not need to complete the course.
ALL DOMAINS OF PRACTICE
Yes, this course applies to all domains of practice as it strengthens public protection from sexual abuse and misconduct by regulated health professionals.
Yes, due to variations between regulatory bodies, all dual-permit registrants will be required to complete CARNA’s course.
Do non-practicing or former registrants need to complete this course?
No, non-practicing registrants are not mandated to complete the course.
How often does this course need to be completed?
Currently, the course is only mandatory for the 2022-2023 practice year.
Do I need to log in to take the course?
Yes, you will need to log in to your MyCARNA profile to access the course in My Learning Space