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A nursing temporary licence is a unique licence that allows you to temporarily practise nursing, with some conditions and restrictions, until you’re able to obtain an active-practising licence. The temporary licence creates the balance between providing nurses with the clinical experience to improve their nursing competencies while at the same time creating practical safeguards so client safety remains high.

You must have a temporary licence before starting employment orientation (including classroom orientation).

If you are a registered nurse in another Canadian province or territory and want to temporarily practice nursing in NS (e.g., camp nursing, nursing course, emergency/disaster event) you should contact registration@crnns.ca for information about our Special Event Temporary Licence.

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.


Who can be issued a temporary licence?

You can be issued a temporary licence if:

  1. You have completed all nursing program requirements at a Nova Scotia university or in another Canadian jurisdiction.
  2. You have graduated from a nursing program in another jurisdiction outside of Canada and have been deemed by CRNNS to be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN® Exam.

I’m a new Nova Scotia Graduate and I want to apply for a temporary licence.

There are several steps required before being eligible for a temporary licence:

  1. Submit your Initial Registration Assessment Application online on the New Applicant Portal. You will be notified within five business days when your application has been reviewed. You will be given a user name and password at that time.
  2. Once you are made eligible you are able to apply for the Temporary licence on the New Applicant Portal with the user name and password described in step #1.
  3. Pay the temporary licence fee and the Jurisprudence Exam fee. The fees are non-refundable and can be paid in the New Applicant Portal by credit card.
  4. Submit proof of legal name (i.e. birth certificate, marriage certificate) and photo identification (i.e. passport, driver’s licence, government issued photo ID). Submit both items to us either through the mail or email. Unclear and/or faxed copies will not be accepted.
  5. Submit the original hard copy of your Canadian Vulnerable Sector Check/criminal record check and International Criminal Record Check. See the following webpage for details Canadian Vulnerable Sector Check and International Criminal Record Check.
  6. Pass the RN Jurisprudence Exam
  7. Your school of nursing will submit confirmation that all your program requirements have been completed.
  8. Once you have submitted the documents in Steps 4 and 5, passed the RN Jurisprudence exam and your school of nursing has confirmed you have met your program requirements, your temporary licence application will be processed within five business days.

NS New Grad TL Process

I’m a new Out-of-Province (but in Canada) Graduate and I want to apply for a temporary licence.

There are several steps required before being eligible for a temporary licence:

  1. Submit your Initial Registration Assessment Application and pay the assessment fee online on the New Applicant Portal. You will be notified within five business days when your application has been reviewed. You will be given a user name and password at that time.
  2. Pay the assessment fee, temporary licence fee and the Jurisprudence Exam fee. The fees are non-refundable and can be paid in the New Applicant Portal by credit card with the user name and password described in step #1.
  3. Submit proof of legal name (i.e. birth certificate, marriage certificate) and photo identification (i.e. passport, driver’s licence, government issued photo ID). Submit both items to us either through the mail or email. Unclear and/or faxed copies will not be accepted.
  4. Submit English Language Proficiency to us through email if applicable.
  5. Have the form Confirmation of Program Completion from Regulatory Body completed. This form is available in the New Applicant Portal.
  6. Submit the original hard copy of your Canadian Vulnerable Sector Check/criminal record check and International Criminal Record Check. See the following webpage for details Canadian Vulnerable Sector Check and International Criminal Record Check.
  7. Pass the RN Jurisprudence Exam
  8. Once you are made eligible you are able to apply for the Temporary licence on the New Applicant Portal with the user name and password described in step #1.
  9. Once you have submitted the documents in Steps 3 to 6 and passed the RN Jurisprudence exam, your temporary licence application will be processed within five business days.

OOP NEW GRAD TL PROCESS

I’m an internationally educated nurse who has never been registered or licensed in Canada and I want to apply for a temporary licence.

There are several steps required before being eligible for a temporary licence:

  1. Apply to the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS). This includes registering with NNAS, completing forms, paying NNAS fees and monitoring your application with them
  2. Submit the Application for Initial Registration Assessment for IENS who are NOT Currently Licensed in Canada and pay the fee
  3. Wait for a confirmation of eligibility from us to write the NCLEX-RN® Exam
  4. Submit a Temporary Licence Application and paying the fee:
  5. Pay the Jurisprudence Exam fee
  6. Submit the original hard copy of your Canadian Vulnerable Sector Check/criminal record check and International Criminal Record Check. See the following webpage for details Canadian Vulnerable Sector Check and International Criminal Record Check.
  7. Pass the RN Jurisprudence Exam

What are the conditions/restrictions on a temporary licence?

As a temporary licence holder, you must:

  1. have on-site access to an RN for assistance and consultation; however if you have failed the NCLEX you must have access to a designated RN for assistance, consultation and guidance;
  2. In the event of NCLEX-RN failure, you must notify your employer of the change in your conditions and restrictions identified in a);
  3. not assume the responsibilities of a care area (facility or unit) which would include making client assignments based on client acuity;
  4. not perform delegated functions;
  5. not independently initiate a care directive;
  6. notify CRNNS of your NCLEX-RN results if you are a Canadian graduates from outside Nova Scotia.

Do I have professional liability insurance if I hold a temporary licence?

Yes. You will be automatically covered for professional liability insurance through the Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS).

How long is my temporary licence valid?

Your temporary licence is valid for four months from the date of issue. A temporary licence will not be issued 12 months from the date you completed the requirements of your nursing program. For IENS a temporary licence will not be issued 12 months from the date they were first informed of their eligibility to take the NCLEX-RN.

When is my temporary licence no longer valid?

Your temporary licence is no longer valid on the date:

  • Your temporary licence expires
  • We receive notification that you have failed your third writing of the NCLEX-RN® Exam. You must stop work immediately and notify your employer.
  • Of suspension or revocation of the licence under the professional conduct process.
  • The date that a licence, other than a temporary licence, is issued to the temporary licence holder.
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