RNPDC was established in April 2003 as the result of a strategic assessment and repositioning of the former Post RN Specialty Education Program unit. RNPDC is provincially funded by Department of Health and Wellness (DHW) and is broadly supported by Registered Nurses and other healthcare professions in the province. RNPDC is housed in the Bethune Building, VG Site, Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Center, Nova Scotia Health Authority, Halifax, NS. Current staffing includes a Director (Masters prepared), 10 Nurse Educators (PhD and Masters prepared), 1 Clinical Practice Educator (Masters prepared), 6 Nursing Instructor IV (Baccalaureate prepared) and 4 Administrative Support staff.
RNPDC offers a variety of programs/courses/workshops and services across the continuum of nursing and interprofessional education.
RNPDC is committed to developing and maintaining competency in nursing and other health care providers through the delivery of post licensure specialty certification programs, Bridging/Re-Entry program and through continuing professional development courses and workshops such as Preceptor Development, Mentorship and Interprofessional Education for managers and leadership teams.
RNPDC houses the Maritime Registered Nursing Assessment Center which provides the opportunity to accurately assess professional knowledge, skills and abilities of nurses educated as Registered Nurses via competence assessments. This service is provided to internationally educated nurses who wish to relocated and work in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI. This service is also available to employers who are interested in sending an employee for a competence assessment.