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Involvement from the profession sits at the heart of self-regulation and what we do here at CRNNS. Through self-regulation, our members possess a specialized body of knowledge that places them in the best position to govern their profession when combined with public input from key public representatives. We are always seeking professional, competent and passionate individuals to contribute to the work of CRNNS and to the direction and vision of the nursing profession.

Current Opportunities

Calling Nursing Leaders and Strategic Thinkers: Share Your Expertise on the 2019 CRNNS Council 

How can the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (CRNNS) continue to strengthen its relationships with the public, registrants and other stakeholders? In what new and innovative ways can CRNNS proactively address regulatory issues and provide new solutions to better protect and serve the public interest in Nova Scotia? How can CRNNS ensure its work is fair, inclusive, transparent, effective and efficient? If diving into these questions excites you, you might be a great fit for the CRNNS Council.

The CRNNS Council and team are looking for two forward-looking, strategic thinkers and nursing leaders to join our Council for the following Council positions:

  • District Councillor for Central District (this district includes Halifax and West Hants counties)
  • District Councillor for Western District (this district includes Yarmouth, Shelburne, Digby, Queens, Annapolis, Lunenburg and Kings counties)

We invite nurses from all practice settings and roles living in these two districts to apply to be a member of the 2019 CRNNS Council.

What is the CRNNS Council’s Role?  

The CRNNS Council is made up of both nurse and public representatives from across the province to reflect the diversity of Nova Scotians. Council members set policy direction that impacts the programs and services provided by CRNNS and they also determine how the practice of nursing will be regulated and advanced in the public interest. At a governance level and in addition to making decisions, the 2019 Council will have an important role to play in the historic co-creation of one nursing regulator in Nova Scotia and will help shape the future of nursing regulation in the province. 

What is a District Councillor’s Role?  

District Councillors work collaboratively to govern the affairs of CRNNS from the perspective of self-regulation and make decisions on behalf of Nova Scotians. They must be able to look at nursing regulation topics from the perspective of the public rather than as members of the profession. This is an opportunity to develop valuable new skills, influence the future of the nursing profession and have a positive impact on Nova Scotians. 

What’s the Time Commitment? 

Keeping you in mind, we try to keep the time commitment from Council members to a minimum to ensure this opportunity is accessible and open. District Councillors must be prepared to meet approximately 10 full days per year.

While CRNNS Council positions are typically a three-year commitment, proclamation of the one nursing regulator may impact an individual’s election to the Council and/or the length of term. Newly elected and current Council members will not automatically sit on the Board of one nursing regulator.

Are Council Members Compensated?

We have a salary replacement and honorarium policy that applies to all Council members. In addition, expenses associated with travel and work for the Council are reimbursed.

How do Nominations Work?  

CRNNS registrants can apply for an open Council position by being nominated by two active-practising registered nurses and/or nurse practitioners. The application deadline is January 11, 2019. 

What is the Election Process? 

The two 2019 Council positions will be filled based on the results of an online district election, voted upon by registered nurses and nurse practitioners in their district, through a secure third-party online voting system. The election will take place this spring and close on April 5, 2019.

Take the Next Step

Ready to take on an exciting leadership role to help CRNNS achieve our vision and goals for the future? Or know someone who would be a great fit for the position? To learn more about the position, including how to apply or nominate someone, please click the button below.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Darlene Martin, CRNNS Executive Assistant, at

Click here to complete the nomination form.