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As an internationally educated nurse (IEN), we want to say a big welcome to Nova Scotia from the CRNNS team. We’re here to support you through this application process.

There are a few steps in this process and it’s important to take your time and be thorough to ensure you’ve completed everything, as we cannot make a decision on your application until we receive all required documents.

This section is for you if you’re an internationally educated nurse who is not currently licensed in Canada. You do not need to live in Nova Scotia to apply.

If you have already applied to CRNNS prior to August 12, 2014, please contact us.


How do I apply?

You must apply to two separate organizations and pay separate fees – National Nursing Assessment Service and CRNNS – before being eligible for initial registration and licensure. The following steps will support you through the application process:

  1. Apply to National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS). This includes registering with NNAS, completing forms, paying NNAS fees and monitoring your application with them.
  2. Once this is complete, NNAS will provide you with an Advisory Report. Once you have received the report, you may apply to us at CRNNS by completing an Application for Initial Registration Assessment for IENS who are NOT Currently Licensed in Canada and paying the assessment fee.

The step-by-step application process for both NNAS and CRNNS is outlined below:

 

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Please be advised that registration requirements and fees are subject to change.

How do I pay the assessment fee?

  • If different from payer name
  • Price: $575.00

What happens after I apply to NNAS and CRNNS?

You should allow two months for us at CRNNS to assess and review your NNAS Advisory Report and CRNNS application documents. Once this occurs, one of the following will be determined:

  1. you meet the CRNNS requirements and are now eligible to write the NCLEX-RN® Exam or register and licence.
  2. you are required to submit further information or documentation to CRNNS
  3. your nursing program along with your nursing experience and other education do not meet the CRNNS education requirement and you are 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.
  4. you are ineligible for registration with CRNNS.

How do I monitor the progress of my application?

You are responsible to ensure your required application documents are received at CRNNS. You can monitor the receipt of application documents and the progress of your application by:

  1. applying on the AFIA portal here: https://members.crnns.ca/pages/afia/afiaien.aspx;
  2. within two weeks, your information will be added to the portal and you will be sent a user name, password and a link to access your information;
  3. you can then check your document requirements, receipt of documents and their expiry dates by logging into the portal with your unique user name and password here: https://members.crnns.ca/pages/afia/afialogin.aspx.

When does my CRNNS application expire?

You are responsible to ensure your application documents remains up to date. If any of your application documents expire prior to becoming registered and/or licenced with CRNNS, your file will be placed on hold until updated documents are received. You will not be able to receive a temporary licence, register or licence with us if any part of your application is not current. You can monitor the expiry dates of your application documents by:

  1. applying on the AFIA portal here: https://members.crnns.ca/pages/afia/afiaien.aspx;
  2. within two weeks, your information will be added to the portal and you will be sent a unique user name, password and a link to access your information;
  3. you can then check your document expiry dates by logging into the portal with your user name and password at any time here: https://members.crnns.ca/pages/afia/afialogin.aspx.

Note: You are responsible for monitoring the expiry dates of your application documents and keeping them current. We do not notify you directly when documents expire.

If you do not contact us for 12 months and your application and fee are more than two years old, your application will expire and close. If you wish to re-apply after your file expires, you will have to re-apply to both NNAS and CRNNS and your application will be measured against the regulatory requirements at that time.

 

What if my application documents are not in the English?

All application documents must be provided in English. Translations from a certified translator are also accepted. You are responsible for the cost of all translations.

How do I apply for a temporary licence while I wait to complete the other components of initial licensure?

If you want to apply for a temporary licence, please apply here.

Can I apply if I've graduated from a specialized nursing program?

Your nursing program must have provided theory and clinical instruction in adult medicine and surgery. If you graduated from a specialized program (e.g., psychiatry/mental health, pediatrics, midwifery) you are not eligible for registration unless you also have general nursing preparation.

What are the general internationally educated nurse registration and licensure criteria?

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:

  1. submit an application
  2. pay the applicable fees
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. have passed the approved registration examinations, including the NCLEX-RN Exam and Jurisprudence Exam
  6. have met all of the following criteria:
    1. not currently subject to any disciplinary finding that would prohibit the practice of nursing
    2. not currently under investigation by any registration or licensing authority
    3. 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
    4. 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
    5. except as provided in Section 23, has completed the requirements of a continuing competence program
    6. currency of competency requirements
  7. 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.

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