Progress Updates

History in the Making

The Board of CLPNNS and the Council of CRNNS have recently approved a formal agreement that will enable both colleges to move forward with plans to create one nursing regulator that will regulate the practice of LPNs, RNs and NPs for the province of Nova Scotia.

This historic decision enables CLPNNS and CRNNS to join together to strengthen their commitment to the public through an enhanced consistent, efficient and collaborative approach to nursing regulation.

What does this mean to Nova Scotians and to our members? What’s happening next and when can you expect to hear more? We’re committed to keeping members informed throughout the process and we wanted to start by introducing you to the board leaders for each college. Check out this video featuring the Chair of CLPNNS and the President of CRNNS.

Ann Mann and Sue Smith

December 14, 2017

It’s an exciting time in the progress to create one nursing regulator for Nova Scotia and we want you to be a part of that history!

As independent organizations, CLPNNS and CRNNS both receive their authority through unique and separate Acts. In order to make way for the new regulatory body, the current LPN Act and RN Act will need to be replaced with a new Act that will formally and legally create the new organization.

We are inviting you to get the first written glimpse of concepts being proposed for the new Act and to tell us what you think of them. Your feedback will influence the legislative package being submitted to government in the New Year and all of your feedback will be heard.

Want to know more about changes to ‘scope of practice’? Interested to learn how the new regulator will enhance its public protection mandate? We’ve got some details to share with you and we want to know your thoughts.

The boards and staff of CLPNNS and CRNNS would like to invite you to participate in a survey and to be part of regulation history for the nursing profession in Nova Scotia. All of your responses are anonymous and will be incorporated into a report that will be shared with government and made available on our websites.

The survey deadline is January 12, 2018. When you are ready to begin, please click on the link to get started:

December 6, 2017

CLPNNS and CRNNS hosted an open Town Hall event on December 6 to give members and the public a chance to learn more about the work to create one nursing regulator in Nova Scotia. Attendees got a sneak peek of the legislative changes being proposed to government as well as the opportunity to ask questions live from the floor or by email. The event was recorded and an online video is available below. You’ll get a chance to hear a variety of questions posted from stakeholders as well as to better understand the legislative changes being proposed to government.

If you have any questions about the event, reach out to us at

October 19, 2017

In June, all nurses in Nova Scotia were invited to participate in our initial legislative consultation process. Since then, we have used this feed back to help inform the development of new draft legislation for one nursing regulator in Nova Scotia. In our commitment to openness and transparency, we have published an online report that summarizes key findings from the thousands of individuals who participated in the spring consultation process, including more than 2,000 LPNs, RNs and NPs who contributed to the process. Interested to know what people had to say? Click here to read more and to download the report.

September 14, 2017

The work to create one nursing regulator in Nova Scotia continued throughout the summer and we thought September would be a perfect time to bring you up to speed with a few highlights. Want to know how we spent our time and how progress is going? Click here to check out the speed round of questions we asked of Ann and Sue to see what they’ve been up to.

July 17, 2017

The boards of CLPNNS and CRNNS are continuing to enhance their collaborative efforts to work together towards the creation of one nursing regulator in Nova Scotia. Click here to check out what the CLPNNS Board Chair and the CRNNS Council President have to say about this historic work and what you can expect next.

June 23, 2017

In order to enhance the work the new regulator will do on behalf of the public, we want to hear from our stakeholders and members. Take a moment to find out more about our stakeholder survey. The survey closes on July 6th, 2017.

May 12, 2017

An interview with Ann Mann, Executive Director & Registrar of CLPNNS and Sue Smith, Chief Executive Officer & Registrar of CRNNS regarding the move to one nursing regulatory body.

Read the Interview.

April 6, 2017

So, you’ve heard that the boards and staff of CLPNNS and CRNNS are joining forces to create one nursing regulator for Nova Scotians. But how much do you know about what is fact and what is fiction? We’ve taken the most popular misconceptions we’ve heard and created a quick resource that we think will help. Click the following link (you will be redirected to CRNNS website), check it out and share with your colleagues.

Creation of One Nursing Regulator: Separating Fact from Fiction

January 27, 2017

October 4, 2016

June 16, 2016 – Literature Review

April 25, 2016 – Joint Statement on Feasibility Study

April 25, 2016 – Progress Update: Merger FAQ

January 5, 2016Progress Update: Halifax Global Inc. hired to manage fesability study

October 21, 2015Early Discussions on Potential Move to One Nursing Regulator in Nova Scotia – Q & A