As part of the licence application, you will be required to indicate that you have remained connected and current to nursing practice. This is usually demonstrated by reporting your recent nursing practice hours or the date you have completed your nursing program.
Although this is only one requirement of your application for registration and/or licensure, new members or those in untraditional roles, settings or circumstances often have questions about this part of their application. The information below can help you determine if you meet this requirement.
If you have any questions, please reach out to the Registration team at email@example.com.
As a nurse, you must meet one of the following five currency of competency options to be eligible for registration and/or licensure at CRNNS:
1. Meet the minimum number of hours as an RN or NP:
Note: you are required to retain a record of their nursing practice hours for the past five licensure years if you are an RN or two years if you are an NP.
There are some rules about calculating your practice hours:
2. If you are an RN: completed all program requirements in one of the following programs in the five licensure years prior to your licence renewal application (example: for your 2019 licence, you graduated between November 1, 2013 to October 31, 2018):
3. If you are an NP: completed all program requirements in one of the following programs in the two licensure years prior to your licence renewal application (example: for your 2019 licence, you graduated between November 1, 2016 to October 31, 2018):
4. Completed a Competence Assessment:
5. Information from the school of nursing that you are enrolled in and currently attend one of the following nursing programs:
Note: you must have met all other CRNNS licensure requirements when you enrolled in one of the above programs.
If you do not meet one of the five options listed above, you must re-establish your currency of competency to become licensed with CRNNS. There are two ways in which you can do this:
The practice of nursing means the application of specialized and evidence-based knowledge of nursing theory, health and human sciences, inclusive of principles of primary health care, in the provision of professional services to a broad array of clients ranging from stable or predictable to unstable or unpredictable, and includes:
It also includes research, education, consultation, management, administration, regulation, policy or system development relevant to subclauses (i) to (vii).
How to Define the Practice of a Nurse Practitioner
The practice of a nurse practitioner means the application of advanced nursing knowledge, skills and judgment in addition to the practice of nursing in which a nurse practitioner in collaborative practice may, in accordance with standards for nurse practitioners, do one or more of the following:
It also includes research, education, consultation, management, administration, regulation, policy or system development relevant to subclauses (i) to (v).
In return for the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (hereinafter referred to as ‘CRNNS’) providing you with a user ID and password, you agree to abide by the following terms and conditions of use for this and all future uses of the CRNNS Committee Portal through the use of your CRNNS user ID and password:
These terms and conditions of use may be amended from time to time. When this occurs, you will be presented with the new version and asked to indicate your acceptance once again before you are provided with access to the Committee Portal.
By accepting this agreement, and with each subsequent access to the Committee Portal, you are indicating your agreement to the terms and conditions of the preceding.
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Given name(s): Nicola Ann
Last name: Aaronson
Former name(s): Smith
CRNNS number: 12345
Type of licence: Nurse Practitioner
Status of Licence: Active Practising
Start Date: November 1 2014
Expiry Date: October 31 2015
Current Conditions and Restrictions: This nurse is not able to...
Licence Status Notes: (Text Field)
Date of initial entry on the register: January 1, 1970
Date of removal from the register:
Registraton Status Notes: (Text Field)
Date of re-entry on the register:
NP Practice Category: Family
Collaborative Practice Effective Date: January 31, 2012
Dartmouth General Hospital
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