The nursing test banking industry is in a bit of a quandary.
On one hand, there’s the question of whether or not the industry will survive the Trump administration’s policies.
On the other hand, the test bank industry has struggled in recent years with the fact that some tests are more widely used than others.
On Thursday, the Nursing Board of Canada announced that it has a test bank to allow Canadians to access their own test banks.
It also announced that the test banks will be open 24/7 and available for free to all Canadians.
While the nursing test banks have existed for a while now, the country’s newest testing authority has been trying to make sure the industry has a functioning and safe infrastructure.
The Canadian Nursing Board says its first priority is ensuring that Canadians are not being cheated out of access to a quality test bank.
“We have the resources and expertise to ensure that the people accessing our services are not in breach of any laws, regulations, or standards,” CNB spokesperson Stephanie Bisson said in an email.
“It’s an important first step to ensure we can deliver on our promise to Canadians.”
But Bisson also noted that there are some challenges that nursing test makers must face in getting access to the testing pool: A nurse must have an appointment to use the nursing pool, and a nurse must be able to obtain the test.
“To ensure that all Canadians have access to our testing services, we are making the following changes to ensure access to all our services: The access to nursing pool will be provided 24/ 7 and on demand, to all registered nurses, to registered health care practitioners, and to health care professionals who provide other services,” Bisson added.
The change will also allow nursing pool members to request a copy of their application for a nursing test, in addition to having access to their own pool.
“This will allow us to ensure our nurses are being provided with the best available testing services and the most accessible to all of our members,” Bissonsaid in a statement.
The CNB is the first national testing authority to create a nursing pool.
It said in its announcement that the service will allow nursing and medical professionals to “provide information to the public on the safety and effectiveness of the care that they provide, and on the testing that they offer.”
But the move has drawn some concerns from some nursing experts, who say that it will give a test-taker an unfair advantage.
“The nurses are not providing information, the tests are not available,” says Dr. Anne-Marie D’Oliveira, the CEO of the Ontario College of Nursing.
“If you have a nurse that can’t make an appointment, then the nurse who can make the appointment is going to be more effective.”
While it is true that some testing services are available 24/ the clock is ticking, D’Orliveira said that it is important that testing providers provide a safe, accessible service to the community.
“Nursing is not the only care, and we are not going to create an environment where you can just walk into a hospital and say, ‘I need this,’ and you can do whatever you want to do,” she added.
“And that is what we are doing.”
So what does the nursing industry think of the new CNB pool?
Bisson told HuffPost that the pool will have access for all nursing professionals, not just those with a nursing license.
“Our goal is to be a place where you are not just a nurse, but you can be an RN, a physician, or even a physician assistant,” she said.
“That’s the goal of the pool.
That’s what we have been focused on.”