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Each year, all members must renew their licence if they wish to practise nursing in Nova Scotia. The role of CRNNS during renewal is to review, process and renew the licences of all current, qualified members using an efficient and secure process.

To support you through the renewal process this year, we have created a number of resources for you:

If you have any questions, please contact us at registration@crnns.ca or 902.491.9744 (1.800.565.9744) ext. 221/249.

HOW TO RENEW

  1. Visit the Member Portal
  2. Log in using your registration number and password
  3. Complete the application process
  4. Pay the renewal fee. Don’t forget! Your fee is part of your application and your application will not be processed until payment is received (excluding those on payroll deduction and whose employer submits the fee directly to us).
  5. Log out of the Member Portal

Your complete application will be processed within five days. Please visit the Licence Status Check to confirm that your complete application has been processed and that you hold an active-practising licence. The Licence Status Check is updated immediately once your complete application has been processed. You will also receive an email confirmation and official receipt of your payment.

UNDERSTANDING AUTOMATED RENEWAL

Over the past several years, CRNNS has been committed to making changes to the renewal process to make it even more efficient and manageable for members. This year, we are excited to introduce automated renewal – a new registration process that accelerates the processing time for renewal applications.

Through automated renewal, complete applications that meet the criteria and have submitted payment may be processed in as little as one business day. For most members, the end result is peace of mind in having their licence renewed quickly and in time for the start of the licensure year.

With automated renewal, a complete application may be processed in as little as one business day if it meets the following criteria:

  • The application is submitted in full and with payment. Payment processing times vary depending on the payment option chosen. Applications will not be processed until payment is received.
  • The complete application is submitted between Monday and Friday. Applications will not be processed on the weekend.
  • The complete application is submitted prior to October 15. Given the high volume of applications submitted in October, we cannot guarantee that complete applications submitted after October 15 will be processed within one business day.

There are however, complete applications that are considered irregular and as a result, may take up to five business days to process. An application would be considered irregular if an applicant:

  • Has conditions or restrictions on their current licence;
  • Does not have the required practice hours;
  • Needs to provide CRNNS with verification of licensure from another professional licensing body;
  • Has changed her/his name in the past year.

This list is not exhaustive. However, we recommend that members provide themselves with enough time to renew their licence – up to five business days – in case your complete application is considered irregular. This will help ensure that all members have a license to practice on November 1.


Pay Your 2018 Fee in Installments

When some members told us they wanted more flexible payment options, we listened. Beginning this fall, you will have the option to sign up and pay for your 2018 renewal fee in fixed, bi-monthly payments. The perk is that by the time you renew your licence in 2017, your fee will have already been collected! Click here to learn more. 


MOST POPULAR RENEWAL QUESTIONS

To help make the most of your time, we have compiled a list of the most popular renewal questions asked by members every year. These questions, spanning from email to fees to payroll deduction, is an added resource and a time saver for those who may have the same renewal questions.


How do I find out which email address I have on file?

The best way to remember your email address is to give us the address you use most frequently. Email us your preferred email address and within the email, please include your name, registration number and school of nursing.

We will send you a confirmation email when your preferred email address has been updated. This will take up to 24 hours. You will then be able to re-set your password in the Member Portal.

How do I retrieve my password for the Member Portal?

Visit the Member Portal and click on “Forget Your Password”. This will provide you with instructions on how to re-set your password.

How do I find my licence number?

Visit the Licence Status Check and enter your name to find your licence number.

I applied for licence renewal but forgot to pay. How can I pay now?

You must log back in to the Members Portal and click on “Pay for Renewal”. Your application will not be processed until payment has been received.

I have applied but have not heard back from CRNNS to confirm that my application has been received. How do I know it is being processed?

To confirm that your application is processed and that you hold an active-practising licence, you must visit the Licence Status Check. The Licence Status Check is updated immediately once your application has been processed. You will also receive an email confirmation and an official receipt of your payment.

I am on payroll deduction but I am not sure if I applied under payroll deduction. How do I check?

Please email us and we can check for you.

In the past year, I have married and changed my name. What name do I apply under?

If you have sent us a copy of your marriage certificate and received an email confirmation that your name has been changed in our system, apply using your married name. If you have not sent us a copy of your marriage certificate, apply under your maiden name.

If you would like your licence to be processed in your married name, please email, mail or fax a copy of your marriage certificate.

In the past year, I have returned to my maiden name. What name do I apply under?

You can apply using either your maiden or married name, whichever you prefer. We have both names on file.

What benefits do I get for my fees?

On top of the services CRNNS offers internally, such as practice consultations, publications and resources and education workshops, a CRNNS licence provides you with a number of other benefits, including:

MEMBERSHIP COMPONENTS MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS
Right to practise nursing in Nova Scotia and are eligible to use the title “Registered Nurse”, “RN”, “nurse”, “R.N.” or “Reg.N” As a highly competent and trusted health professional, you are able to apply your education, skills and training to deliver safe, competent, ethical and compassionate care to Nova Scotians.
Eligible for election on the CRNNS Council You can sit at the decision-making table for CRNNS and be a strong voice and leader within the healthcare system.
Receive liability protection through the Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS) On top of having liability protection in your practice, you have important services at your fingertips including legal advice, risk management and legal assistance at no added cost.
Receive membership to the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) As a member of a national professional association, you have a voice in the work of CNA, including public policy, public awareness and the role of the nurse. It also provides you with professional development opportunities and practice resources.
Eligible to be appointed to any CRNNS Committee You have the ability to engage in your profession, make decisions, develop new skills and interact with fellow colleagues as a member of a CRNNS Committee. Based on your competencies and interests, there are many different committees with different levels of responsibility and commitment to be a part of.
Receive CRNNS publications and the Canadian Nursing Association’s publication called “The Canadian Nurse” You have access to important, relevant and timely nursing resources to incorporate into your nursing practice when appropriate and are tools to use to continuously improve your nursing competence
Eligible to be a voting delegate at the CRNNS Annual General Meeting (AGM) You have a voice and the opportunity to provide feedback and inform the work of CRNNS and its governing Council.

To better understand the programs, services and supports we provide, take a look at the 2015 CRNNS Annual Report. The annual report provides you with a snapshot of the many and unique opportunities to connect with us and take advantage of all the ways we can support you.

What are the renewal criteria for an RN or NP?

AS AN RN, YOU MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA BEFORE BEING ELIGIBLE FOR RENEWAL:

  1. One of the following:
    1. you have met the hourly requirement of 1125 hours in the past five years or 450 hours in the year immediately preceding your application. The hourly requirements can only be met if the practice hours fall within the legislated definition of the practice of nursing. Volunteer hours cannot be used to meet the hourly requirement; or
    2. you have graduated from one of the following programs in the five years preceding your application:
      1. a Nova Scotia nursing education program; or
      2. a Canadian nursing program; or
      3. a registered nurse re-entry program; or
      4. an international nursing program; or
    3. you have completed a competence assessment and bridging education in the past 5 years; or
    4. you are enrolled in and attending one of the following nursing programs:
      1. a post-RN baccalaureate degree program in nursing; or
      2. a masters/doctorate degree program in nursing.
  2. you have completed the Continuing Competence Program (CCP) self-assessment tool or an equivalent tool
  3. you are not currently under investigation or part of a disciplinary process by any registration or licensing authority
  4. You are not currently subject to any disciplinary finding that would prohibit the practice of nursing
  5. you have provided any information the CRNNS requires to establish that you have the capacity, competence, capability, conduct, reputation and character to safely and ethically practise nursing
  6. you have provided all information required to establish that Section 43 of the Act – does not apply to you
  7. you have submitted the application and fee.

AS AN NP, YOU MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA BEFORE BEING ELIGIBLE FOR RENEWAL:

  1. you hold either:
    1. an active-practising (NP) licence or
    2. an active-practising (NP) licence with conditions or restrictions, and the conditions and restrictions do not relate to practising as an NP;
  2. you have paid the applicable licence fees
  3. you meet one of the following:
    1. 600 hours of NP practice in the past two years. The NP practice hour requirements can only be met if your practice hours fall within the legislated definition of the practice of a nurse practitioner. Volunteer hours cannot be used to meet your NP practice hour requirement; or
    2. graduated/successfully completed from one of the following in the two years preceding your application:
      1. a Nova Scotia nurse practitioner program; or
      2. a Canadian nurse practitioner program that appears on the CRNNS’ List of Approved NP Programs; or
      3. an international nurse practitioner program that has been reviewed and approved by the CRNNS; or
    3. a competence assessment to the satisfaction of the Nurse Practitioner Committee, at your expense.
  4. you are not currently subject to any disciplinary finding that would prohibit you from practising as an NP
  5. you have provided any information the Chief Executive Officer and Registrar requires to establish that you have the capacity, competence, capability, conduct, reputation and character to safely and ethically engage in the practice of an NP (You must advise the Chief Executive Officer and Registrar, in writing, within 30 days of any conviction under the Criminal Code (Canada) or the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (Canada))
  6. except as provided in Section 23 of regulations, you have completed the nurse practitioner requirements of a continuing competence program
  7. you meet all requirements for entry into the active-practising (RN) roster.

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