By now you should be pretty saturated with all the information about the licensure process, NNAS and the provincial licensure bodies. I know I am. In this process of doing all this research I think I have a pretty good handle on what is happening when it comes to the process of becoming a nurse in Canada. Mind you, I have also learned that it is not easy to find this information on the websites of the provincial colleges of nursing. It is certainly not on the front page, and often I have had to enter several search terms to find anything. That is what happened when I came to the Association of Registered Nurses of PEI. But with the persistence I have learned from you, IENs, I persisted. Alas I found their notifications and a PDF. If you have been reading along for the past week, then this will be a solidifying review. If you have not, or are in PEI, or are thinking of going to PEI here you are!
EFFECTIVE AUGUST 12th 2014,
Once all your documents are received and an assessment of your international credentials is complete, you will be notified by the NNAS and may then apply to the association of Registered Nurses Of Prince Edward Island (ARNPEI) to complete your assessment for eligibility to practice as a Registered Nurse in Prince Edward Island.
WHAT WILL THIS CHANGE MEAN FOR THE INTERNATIONAL APPLICANT?
A single window online process to begin the application process to any province in Canada (except Quebec).
- Ability to complete your application online and to pay for your initial assessment online
- One central location to send your documents
- A centralized credential assessment process
- Access to a 1-800 customer care telephone number with service in English or French
- Ability to track the status of your application online through the NNAS website
WHAT IF I HAVE ALREADY SUBMITTED AN APPLICATION TO ARNPEI?
If you have already submitted your paid application to ANRPEI, your application will be assessed under our current process. This will apply to all applications received until the new National Nursing Assessment Service application process is activated on August 12th 2014.
The ARNPEI will continue to make final decisions as to whether to accept or decline an applicant’s request for assessment for eligibility to write the NCLEX-RN.
The NNAS will accept an applicant’s initial application and assess their documents (education transcripts, identity documents). A report will be created by NNAS which along with other information will be used
by ARNPEI to determine if an applicant proceeds to the next steps in the assessment process.
The ARNPEI will continue to follow the registration and licensure requirements as outlined in the ARNPEI Registered Nurses Act and Registration and Licensure of Nurses Regulations.
If you are confused, please comment so in answering you I can assist others who have the same confusion. And, once again, thank you for sharing.