Wow! It is amazing what happens when you dig a little further into the information available online! In search for updates on NNAS I found out that the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia is very transparent in that they revealed the criteria for IENs to become registered and licensed in that province, based on their act as directed by their province. I am posting it now, as the opening of NNAS is bound to influence significant changes to the websites of the provincial colleges of nursing.
NOTE: all licensure processes in all provinces have been legislated by each provincial government. This is clearly evident in the document below. The reason why each process is different is because the laws are determined provincially and not federally. So, there are elements below that are specific to Nova Scotia but there are elements that would be consistent regardless where you live in Canada. Use your critical thinking skills to determine which elements are for Nova Scotia alone, and which are for IENs in Canada in general.
Also note that with the opening of NNAS applications and initial assessment fees are no longer being submitted to the provincial colleges of nursing, such as CRNNS. And starting 2015 the CRNE will no longer be offered as it is being replaced with an NCLEX.
|Criteria for Registration and Licensure (IENs)|
|Applicants seeking entry to the Register and active-practising or transitional1 roster must meet the regulatory requirements set out in the Registered Nurses Act (2006) and Regulations (2009).To be registered and issued a licence to practise nursing, applicants must:
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.
*Applicants who complete specialty programs without medical and surgical nursing are ineligible for registration and licensure.
** Applicants on the transitional roster are not required to meet this criteria.
If you want to register but do not want a licence to practice nursing, you must meet all criteria except the Continuing Competence Program.