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Council members are individuals who set policy directions impacting the programs and services provided by CRNNS. They also determine how the practice of nursing will be regulated and advanced in the public interest. Council receives its authority from the Registered Nurses Act.


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Council Structure

The CRNNS Council is comprised of both public representatives, RNs and NPs. Public representatives are appointed to their positions by Council and add the public’s perspective to Council’s decision-making processes. Registered nurses and nurse practitioners are elected through provincial elections voted upon by RNs and NPs throughout Nova Scotia.

Council Meetings

All meetings are open to CRNNS members and the public. Council meetings are held at the CRNNS office.

2019 Meeting Schedule

  • February 13
  • April 10
  • September 25
  • December 4

Please email the Executive Assistant if you would like to observe a Council meeting or call 902.491.9744 ext. 223.

Council Competencies

Council competencies outline the related knowledge, attitudes and abilities that affect each Council members role and has a significant impact on the performance of the Council as a whole.

In order for Council to fulfill its roles and be successful, it must together meet five overarching competencies: accountability, analytical thinking, leadership, community orientation and visionary and future orientation.

The competencies defined by Council are listed below as well as examples of their application within the context of Council’s work:

Accountability (active participation, reflective and willing to learn, commitment to organization)

Assuming responsibility to govern the CRNNS by being committed that all actions, decisions and policy are made in the public interest. Reflecting on and actively seeking the necessary knowledge for a solid understanding of self-regulation, governance, and the role of the Council and the CRNNS. Actively participates in Council activities through preparation for meetings; articulation of ideas; willingness to engage, participate at meetings and to debate in a constructive manner

Analytical Thinker (system perspective, strategic thinker)

The willingness and ability to address issues from a broad systems perspective while understanding the interaction between the parts of the whole.   This includes being able to ask questions to determine the root cause of an issue, logically analyze the information required to determine potential solutions, explore and consider differences of opinion, make sound strategic decisions based on the best evidence in order to determine the strategic direction and positively govern CRNNS within its mandate.

Leadership (relationship building, team work, servant leadership)

Builds relationships within the Council, with owners, stakeholders and staff.  Promotes teamwork and actively contributes to Council decision-making. Is open and respects diverse opinions and constructive disagreement and actively participates in group discussions to determine unity of purpose, reduce obstacles to board effectiveness and coach and develop new board members.  Understands the board’s authority is that of the board as a group and that once a board decision is made, is willing to honour it even if he or she did not vote for it.

Community (Public) Orientation

Willingness and ability to connect with owners in order to understand the range and intensity of owners’ perspectives and make decisions on their behalf.  Becomes familiar with the expectations, priorities and values of CRNNS owners and stakeholders. Seeks to become more knowledgeable about key issues affecting owners through input from the owners in order to make the best possible decisions and set CRNNS strategic direction on the owners’ behalf.

Visionary and Future Orientation (outward focused)

Demonstrates the capability and inclination to work on future focused issues by understanding the forces that are shaping health and healthcare. Proactively assists to shape the vision, future direction and positioning of CRNNS for long-term success, including setting the strategic direction, and the development and monitoring of policies.

Council Member Accountabilities

Council Values Statement

As Council members, we work together to develop the College’s Mission and Ends: to meet the needs of the public in a dynamic and responsive way by promoting excellence in nursing practice.

We ground our governance work in values that guide performance and decision making at all levels of the organization. Our values capture both the essence of who we are and the spirit that drives the College.

Effective Governance

We believe that effective governance is critical to maintaining the trust and confidence of our owners (the public) and all our customers. Our governance model provides a framework for responsible leadership, decision making, monitoring of financial performance, and compliance with legal requirements.


We are responsible, individually and collectively, for our decisions and are open to public scrutiny. Our actions are driven by a commitment anticipate and needs of our owners. We are responsible to provide evidence – to our owners and members, as the government and other key stakeholders – that the organization is meeting service, and fiscal requirements.


We recognize and value the diversity of skills, expertise and experience of individuals, and appreciate their contributions to the work environment organization. We promote an environment that values respect, fairness and integrity.


We believe and trust that Council members will behave ethically, professionally and honestly at all times. We believe that the integrity of the organization is measured by our ability to be truthful, honest and accountable to each other and to our owners and members.


We believe in open, transparent decision-making and communication structures and processes. We ensure that the organization conducts all activities with integrity and honesty and provides timely information to our owners and members.


We believe that innovative and forward-looking leadership is necessary to achieve regulatory excellence and meet the evolving needs and expectations of our owners.  We believe that Council should promote long-term visioning, through ongoing learning and connections with our owners and members.

Team Work/Partnership

We value collaboration between the Council, our owners, members and other stakeholders. We believe in an organizational culture that encourages and supports dialogue and brings out diverse perspectives within a climate of trust and respect. We believe Council members will fulfill their individual accountabilities and take ownership for contributing to the achievement of the organization’s Ends.

Code of Conduct Policy

Members of Council and its committees are expected to behave in an ethical and businesslike manner. This commitment includes proper use of authority and appropriate decorum in group and individual behaviour. Read the Council Code of Conduct Policy


Council establishes statutory and standing committees to carry out functions related to our regulatory mandate. They may also form standing and ad hoc committees as needed.

Statutory committees, made up of volunteer RNs, NPs, and members of the public, carry out essential functions ensuring the public interest is protected and the integrity of the nursing profession is maintained.

Some of our committees include:

Complaints Committee

The Complaints Committee is made up of volunteers comprised of RNs and members of the public. The Committee is in place to address and resolve complaints received by CRNNS that have been directed to them by the Executive Director. Committee members review the information and determine if there is enough evidence to come to a finding of professional misconduct, incompetence, incapacity and/or conduct unbecoming the profession.

See terms of reference for committee volunteer criteria.


Professional Conduct Committee

The Professional Conduct Committee is made up of RNs and members of the public who come together to make decisions about complaints forwarded by the Complaints Committee. These volunteers review the information and accept, reject, or suggest amendments to settlement proposals; prepare for and attend formal hearings; and make determinations of professional misconduct, incompetence, incapacity and/or conduct unbecoming the profession.

See terms of reference for committee volunteer criteria.


Education Advisory Committee

All nursing programs in Nova Scotia are approved by CRNNS through appointed members of the Education Advisory Committee (EAC). EAC committee members advise and make recommendations to Council about entry level nursing programs, nurse practitioner programs and nursing re-entry programs. The Committee makes recommendations on the standards for approval, the frequency of program review, and the approval status for these programs.

See terms of reference for committee volunteer criteria.


Registration Appeal Committee

All individuals who have been denied registration and a licence to practice nursing in Nova Scotia have the right to appeal their decision. This appeal is considered by volunteer members of the Registration Appeal Committee, represented by RNs, NPs, and members of the public, who review all relevant information and make a decision after analyzing the information presented.

See terms of reference for committee volunteer criteria.


Reinstatement Committee (Council members only)

Reinstatement is for former CRNNS registrants who did not renew their registration by Oct. 31st or had their registration terminated. The Reinstatement Committee is made up of members of the CRNNS Council whose purpose it is to consider applications and make decisions for those wishing to reinstate their licence to practice nursing in Nova Scotia.


Nurse Practitioner Committee

All NPs licenced to practice nursing in Nova Scotia must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, attitudes and judgments required to provide safe and quality nursing care. Members of the Nurse Practitioner Committee conduct competence assessments for NPs, make recommendations, determine appropriate actions, and monitor and evaluate the CRNNS competence assessment tool.

See terms of reference for committee volunteer criteria.


Interdisciplinary Nurse Practitioner Practice Review Committee

All NPs licenced to practice nursing in Nova Scotia must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, attitudes and judgments required to provide safe and quality nursing care. Committee members determine and ensure NPs are compliant in their practice. This includes a large focus on the NP Review Program’s process, policies, procedures, tools and the implementation and evaluation of the program.

See terms of reference for committee volunteer criteria.


Fitness to Practise Committee

This Committee is made up of RNs and members of the public who contribute to public protection by reviewing, approving, revising or rejecting remedial agreements between members and CRNNS Professional Conduct.

See terms of reference for committee volunteer criteria.


Nominations Committee

The Nominations Committee is made up of the immediate past President of the CRNNS Council and two registered nurses and/or nurse practitioners. The purpose of the committee is to prepare a slate of nursing candidates for the annual CRNNS Council election.

See terms of reference for committee volunteer criteria.