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Registered Nurses Nova Scotia New Licensing process

International Nurses To Benefit From Easy Licensing In Nova Scotia

Last Updated On 21 March 2023, 8:52 AM EDT (Toronto Time)

The NSCN has announced a first-of-its-kind licensing procedure for registered nurses (RNs) moving Nova Scotia from other Canadian provinces as well as from 7 countries.

These 7 countries include Philippines, India, Nigeria, USA, UK, Australia, or New Zealand.

NSCN (Nova Scotia College of Nursing) is the the provincial regulatory authority responsible for licensure and maintaining professional standards.

RNs from these countries with good standing and character will be eligible for registration and licensure in Nova Scotia immediately with no additional requirements in May 2023.

RNs from the above listed 7 countries and other Canadian provinces will only have to pass the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination).

As per the official press release, the new method for registration and licensing for nurses will help in achieving below:

  • Effective March 29, 2023 the total processing time for RNs who have valid licences from another Canadian province will reduce from five days to 24 hours.
  • Effective May 1, 2023 the duration of the whole application procedure for international RNs (who are in good standing) from the Philippines, India, Nigeria, USA, UK, Australia, and New Zealand will decrease from nearly a year to a few weeks.
    • RNs from these countries will be able to submit their applications directly to NSCN.

These seven nations account for 87% of the current overseas applicants to NSCN.

  • Philippines – 42% 
  • India – 25% 
  • Nigeria – 10% 
  • USA – 6% 
  • UK – 4% 
  • 23 other countries – 13% 

In 2022, the NSCN enrolled more foreign RNs than it did in any of the preceding three years combined.

As a licensed practical nurse, registered nurse, or nurse practitioner in 2022, the NSCN registered and licensed 282 foreign RNs.

Please note this is NOT an immigration program, rather easing of licensure for internationally trained RNs planning on moving/immigrating to Nova Scotia.

“I am pleased to share what is truly a first-in-the-country approach to licensing international and Canadian nurses in Nova Scotia. The new approach will significantly decrease licensing time; increase licensure of nurses; reduce administrative requirements; and is aligned with new initiatives of health care partners. It’s a safe and faster process for nurses who want to work in our province, which is a good news story for all Nova Scotians.” 

Sue Smith, CEO and Registrar of the Nova Scotia College of Nursing

Click here for more details on new registrant portal.


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