​​​​​​What to expect — Simulation​ Lab Assessment — RPN

​​​The RPN Simulation Lab Assessment gives you an opportunity to show us your knowledge and skills in a series of simulated patient encounters.

  • Candidates move through three stations of unfolding case scenarios.
  • It will take 65 minutes to complete your work at each station.
    • The final 10 minutes in each scenario include an Oral Assessment, where you will be verbally ​asked 3-4 questions related to the patient case.
    • All three scenarios will involve face-to-face encounters with a standardized patient (trained actor) and a nurse assessor.
    • Each station will include four people – the candidate (you), Standardized Patient, Assessor, and an Assessment Proctor.
    • You should expect to it will take four hours to complete your RPN SLA.​

Do I need to complete the RPN SLA?​

This assessment is offered to RPN candidates seeking licensure in Saskatchewan and British Columbia only. 

​What to expect​


The RPN SLA is conducted virtually via a video conferencing platform, so a quiet space with stable internet is required. More details are provided with confirmation of your scheduled SLA .


Candidates virtually visit three stations, meet patients and take on the role of a nurse. Each station is designed to reflect a varied practice setting, and to allow for a specific assessment or treatment to be performed so the candidate can demonstrate a full breadth of nursing practice. 

At the start of each station, you will receive a chart with a brief written statement that introduces the presenting clinical problem and states the task you will need to perform. The chart also includes a variety of supporting documents to assist in the planning of care. You will be given five minutes to review the chart prior the start of the simulation scenario. You should act in each scenario as you would in a real-life practice setting.