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. See all of the latest updates below.

November 30, 2018 | Newest Opportunity to Shape One Nursing Regulator

The work to co-create one nursing regulator in Nova Scotia is ongoing and there continues to be new and unique ways for you to get involved and help shape how the new one nursing regulator will operate in the interest of the Nova Scotian public.

Today, the Board of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia (CLPNNS) and the Council of the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (CRNNS) are excited to share with stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback on the concepts being proposed for inclusion in the initial regulations that we believe will be required under the new Act for one nursing regulator. Feedback received from stakeholders as part of this consultation will be used to assist us in submitting draft regulations to government for review and approval.

As an important stakeholder in this process, we are seeking your feedback on regulation concepts related to:

  • How new Board members will be selected and the length of a Board term
  • How the new College will seek candidates for the public representative positions on the Board and regulatory committees
  • Authority of the Practice Review Committee and the obligations of nurses who are subject to a practice review
  • Authority and processes for the Reinstatement Committee
  • Procedures for processing and addressing settlement agreements

This is your chance for input into these areas and we thank you in advance for your participation. Please note the survey will take no more than 20 minutes to complete and is available until December 20, 2018Click here to provide feedback.

November 15, 2018 | New Purpose, Mission, Vision and Values to Guide One Nursing Regulator

As part of the journey to create one nursing regulator in Nova Scotia, the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia (CLPNNS) and the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (CRNNS) have reached an important milestone by setting the purpose, mission, vision and values of the new organization.

It is important to the boards and leadership of each College that these new forward-facing statements reflect the mandate and commitment of one nursing regulator and that they allow the new organization to remain current, relevant and nimble over time.

Why is setting the new organization’s purpose, mission, vision and values important? Essentially, these guiding statements will act as one nursing regulator’s ‘north star’. They will help to guide, unify and lay the foundation of success for the new organization that is reflective of its stakeholders and goals as one nursing regulator in Nova Scotia.

Want a sneak peek of what’s to come? Click below to read the purpose, mission, vision and values for one nursing regulator. If you have any questions, please reach out to

Click here to learn more.

April 26, 2018 | Stakeholder Consultation Report Now Available

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia (CLPNNS) and College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (CRNNS) are excited to share highlights of the stakeholder consultation that took place earlier in the year. Check out what stakeholders told us was important to them when it comes to legislation for one nursing regulator.

A milestone moment along our path to create one nursing regulator has been in consulting stakeholders on the new Act for one nursing regulator in Nova Scotia. Stakeholders from across Canada were invited to participate and provide feedback on the changes being proposed to the new Act, helping to build the foundation for one nursing regulator and a brighter future for Nova Scotians.

While the main purpose of the survey was to collect feedback, it was also designed to inform and educate stakeholders along the way. Respondents were asked to review the proposed changes to the new Act and respond to the following three questions:

How satisfied are you that the proposed changes:

  1. Ensure the public interest is the new nursing regulator’s top priority?
  2. Enable the new nursing regulator to remain current, relevant and nimble?
  3. Demonstrate the new nursing regulator’s goal of being accountable?

One of the goals of CLPNNS and CRNNS has been to build a nursing regulator that reflects the thoughts, ideas and feedback of our stakeholders.

We asked. You spoke. And we listened.

Read more about survey results in the documents titled, “Inspiring the Next Phase Forward: A Legislative Consultation Report for Creating One Nursing Regulator in Nova Scotia”.

March 1, 2018 | The Path to One Nursing Regulator Marks a Milestone: Colleges Submit Act for Government Approval

The College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (CRNNS) and the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia (CLPNNS) are pleased to announce that a draft Act for the new nursing regulator was submitted to government on February 12th, 2018.

“This is a significant milestone in our journey to create one nursing regulator,” says Sue Smith, CRNNS CEO. “We will continue to accomplish many goals along the way but this is a milestone that we’re especially proud of because our stakeholders were so instrumental in the process. We couldn’t have delivered the proposed legislation we have without the contributions of those who took the time to share their thoughts with us. The boards and staff of each College are very proud of that.”

This new Act, once approved, will make way for the new nursing regulator and upon proclamation of the new Act, will dissolve CRNNS and CLPNNS as they exist today. This is a process, however, that will take some time.

“Much of our focus for 2017 was on the development of the draft Act because the new regulator would not have the authority to exist without it,” explains Ann Mann, CLPNNS Executive Director. “We’ve delivered proposed legislation and that will go through government’s legislative process but our work continues while we wait. There’s a tremendous amount of work to do operationally, so we’re focusing on what the new organization will need to function immediately and in the long-term.”

The CEO and Executive Director of each College are hopeful that the new nursing regulator could be a reality in Nova Scotia in early 2019.

Want to learn more? Check out our most recent Q&A document.

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