Nurse Continence Advisor Program
The Nurse Continence Advisor (NCA) is an independent practice role with a focus on conservative methods of managing urinary and fecal incontinence. It was established in 1997 as a continuing education certificate program at McMaster University School of Nursing using a self-directed, problem-oriented approach to developing evidence-based practice in continence care. It is the only university-based program for educating nurse continence advisors offered in North American.
The Nursing Continence Advisor Distance Education Certificate Program is a one year program that combines academic study with preceptored and independent clinical practice and has been recognized for 2 full credits for nurses in post diploma programs at universities across the country. NCA's are now practicing in most provinces. The Canadian Nurse Continence Advisors Association (CNCA) was formed in 2000 and is affiliate group within Canadian Nurses Association.