CCCN Standards

As a specialty organization recognized by the Canadian Nurses Association's certification program, CCCN maintains the Cardiovascular Nursing Standards on which the Cardiovascular Certification exam is based.

The development of the Cardiovascular Nursing Standards has been an extensive process identifying and bringing together the unique and diverse practice of cardiovascular nurses from across Canada. These standards reflect particular times and perspectives and therefore require regular revisions.

The standards have been designed to reflect a minimum of two years practice in cardiovascular nursing. They assume a competency in general nursing practice and allow for recognition of excellence in a specialty practice. The standards support the beliefs and values of the Canadian Council of Cardiovascular Nurses (CCCN). The standards acknowledge and embrace the foundations of standards previously developed by the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), Provincial Nursing Associations and other specialty nursing groups. These standards are designed to guide cardiovascular nurses, in any area of practice, to achieve quality care to persons manifesting with some aspect of cardiovascular disease. The standards do not address a pediatric practice in cardiovascular nursing.


CCCN Standards 2023