If you want to enter the active-practising or transitional roster1 as an internationally educated nurse, you must meet all the regulatory requirements set in the Registered Nurses Act (2006) and Regulations (2016). To be registered and issued a licence to practise nursing, you must:
- submit an application
- pay the applicable fees
- have graduated from a nursing program that is substantially equivalent to a Nova Scotia nursing program. If your program along with your nursing experience and other education are not substantially equivalent, you will be required to successfully complete one of the following in Nova Scotia:
a. competence assessment and any required bridging education, up to and including a baccalaureate in nursing; or
b. nursing re-entry program.
- hold currently registered or have held registration:
a. In the jurisdiction where they completed their nursing program; and
b. In all jurisdictions where they have worked as a registered nurse (RN) or any other regulated profession.
Depending on the location, registration may be at the state (e.g. USA, India), provincial (e.g., Canada), territorial or national (e.g., Australia, UK) level.
- have passed the approved registration examinations, including the NCLEX-RN Exam and Jurisprudence Exam
- have met all of the following criteria:
- not currently subject to any disciplinary finding that would prohibit the practice of nursing
- not currently under investigation by any registration or licensing authority
- has provided any information the Chief Executive Officer and Registrar requires to establish that the applicant has the capacity, competence, capability and character to safely and ethically practise nursing
- has provided any information the Chief Executive Officer and Registrar requires to establish that Section 43 of the Act does not apply to the applicant
- except as provided in Section 23, has completed the requirements of a continuing competence program
- currency of competency requirements
- provide Canadian Vulnerable Sector Check/Criminal record check and International Criminal Record check if applicable.
1 Transitional Licence: a licence given to members who meet all of the criteria for entry in the active-practising roster with the exception that they graduated after December 31, 2007 and do not hold a baccalaureate nursing degree. These members are enrolled in a baccalaureate nursing program approved by the Council, and have agreed to complete the requirements of the baccalaureate nursing program no later than five years after the date a transitional licence is first issued to the member.
If you want to register but do not want a licence to practice nursing, you must meet all criteria except the Continuing Competence Program.