For the past few days I have been scouring the internet and the 22 nursing licensure bodies websites and Facebook pages looking for information for you. Today I found a post by the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia, CRNBC , posted July 15, 2014. Although some of the information has already been given on this blog, there is additional information provided, and a wonderful graphic on the IEN registration pathway with both NNAS and CRNBC.
- The NNAS process, in blue, is universal, but
- The process of each individual provincial college of nursing is different.
Thus, your application may or may not be to CRNBC, in green, but even if you are applying to CARNA, CNO or another provincial college of nursing this pathway will be the same. What will be different is the follow up steps required of the provincial college to which you are applying: as noted by CRNBC in their reference to the SEC, which has no longer been available in Alberta and is not required in Saskatchewan, Manitoba or Ontario. (These processes have not changed with the opening of NNAS.)
Here is their post.
On Aug. 12, 2014 the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) will begin reviewing initial applications, by IENs, for registration.
What Does This Mean To Internationally Educated Nurses?
If you are an internationally educated nurse and you want to apply to CRNBC on or after August 12th, you will be directed to the NNAS. After your file is complete with NNAS, you will apply to CRNBC. Your next steps will then include the Substantially Equivalent Competency Assessment and national nursing exam (as needed).
Apply To The National Nursing Assessment Service If You:
- graduated from a nursing education program outside of Canada; and
- are not registered to practise anywhere in Canada as a registered nurse (RN).
Apply For Registration In 6 Steps
If you are still confused and needing more information or clarity, please comment! This blog exists because people ask great questions! That and the fact that IENs want and need this information!
And again, thank you for sharing! The more we get this information out, the less stress people will experience in their personal lives!