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Creation of One Nursing Regulator in NS

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On October 4th, 2016, CRNNS and CLPNNS announced plans to create one new nursing regulator for the province of Nova Scotia. This decision, approved by the CRNNS Council and the CLPNNS Board, is a historic decision that will enable the staff and boards of both organizations to join together to strengthen our commitment to Nova Scotians through an enhanced consistent, efficient and collaborative approach to nursing regulation.

Stay tuned to our emails and newsletters for all developments and stay tuned to this page of our website for the latest information.

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As of January 16th, a new Formation Team was established to lead and coordinate the development and implementation of the transition work for the new regulatory body. We expect that team to be in place for approximately two years and to work solely on the creation of the new organization. Here are members of the team, comprised of both CLPNNS and CRNNS staff members:

Teri Crawford, Team Lead (Teri will also remain as the CEO designate in those instances when Sue Smith is unavailable)
902.423.8782 ext. 236

Shelley Farouse, Executive Assistant
902.423.8782 ext. 255

Peter Murray, Regulatory Advisor (Peter will also maintain some duties related to the LPN national exam (CPNRE))
902.423.8782 ext. 261

Anjana Tomchuk, Project Manager
902.423.8782 ext. 251

Heather Totton, Regulatory Advisor
902.423.8782 ext. 260

It is important to all of us at CRNNS that we maintain our obligation to protect the public while ensuring we are fully committed to the creation of one nursing regulator. As a result of the shift in responsibilities, new individuals have been appointed to ensure the day-to-day operation remains stable and consistent with service delivery expectations. The following individuals have assumed the following roles:

Doug Bungay, Director of Professional Practice and Policy (CLPNNS) and Acting Director of Policy, Practice & Legislation Services (CRNNS)
902.491.9744 ext. 242 / 800.565.9744 ext. 242 or

Darlene Martin, Acting Executive Assistant
902.491.9744 ext. 223 / 800.565.9744 ext. 223

Elizabeth Parenteau, Acting Manager for Professional Conduct
902.491.9744 ext. 291 / 800.565.9744 ext. 291

Paula Prendergast, Acting Manager for Registration Services (Paula will maintain her role with the Education Advisory Committee)
902.491.9744 ext. 244 / 800.565.9744 ext. 244

Our goal is to manage this transition with as little disruption to all of our stakeholders as possible and we look forward to sharing more information with all of you as developments occur.

Previous Announcements

To ensure you haven’t missed any of the information shared to date, please refer to the following updates that captures all material previously shared.

December 2016 Newsletter
History in the Making

The Board of CLPNNS and the Council of CRNNS have recently approved a formal agreement that will enable both colleges to move forward with plans to create one nursing regulator that will regulate the practice of LPNs, RNs and NPs for the province of Nova Scotia.

This historic decision enables CLPNNS and CRNNS to join together to strengthen their commitment to the public through an enhanced consistent, efficient and collaborative approach to nursing regulation.

What does this mean to Nova Scotians and to our members? What’s happening next and when can you expect to hear more? We’re committed to keeping members informed throughout the process and we wanted to start by introducing you to the board leaders for each college. Check out this video featuring the Chair of CLPNNS and the President of CLPNNS.

March 2016 Newsletter

Potential Move to One Nursing Regulator
Feasibility Study Update

Last fall and again early in the New Year, we told you about the feasibility study that would explore the possible move to one nursing regulator in Nova Scotia. What’s the point of a feasibility study you might wonder? Well, it’s an analysis of the viability of one nursing regulator. The study will help the boards of the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (CRNNS) and the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia (CLPNNS) determine if there are grounds to explore a joint venture.

CRNNS and CLPNNS are committed to investigating the potential value of moving to one nursing regulator and to better understand what the potential opportunities and risks may be. Hearing from the public, our members and other stakeholders in the nursing community is an important component of this work, which is why we’re appreciative of those who have taken the time to share their feedback.

Both colleges have been busy the last few months gathering feedback from stakeholders to inform the feasibility study. A survey was sent to all members via email for their input. The responses gathered will be part of an interim report that is due at the end of April and results will be shared with members. No decision has been made – or will be made without a full and robust exploration of the issue.

While there is still much work to be done, we want to make it clear to all nurses in Nova Scotia that moving to one regulator, if feasible, would bring together the boards and staff of the two colleges that oversee the practice of LPNs, RNs, and NPs in Nova Scotia. It would not change existing nursing roles and each category of nursing would remain distinct, each with their own standards and scopes of practice as they are now.

The CRNNS Council and staff would like to extend thanks to all members for your input and interest in this work. We are committed to sharing information with you as developments occur and we look forward to sharing the results of the feedback gathered around the end of April.

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns about this initiative. You can reach Shelley Farouse, CRNNS Executive Assistant, by email at

News Articles

October 4, 2016: Creation of One Nursing Regulator in Nova Scotia

April 25, 2016: Joint Statement from CLPNNS and CRNNS

January 6, 2016: CLPNNS/CRNNS Feasibility Study Re Potential Move to One Nursing Regulatory Body – Progress Update

October 22, 2015: Early Discussions on Potential Move to One Nursing Regulator in Nova Scotia

Other Notifications

2015 Annual Report

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