Creation of one nursing regulator has taken another big step in the legislative process as the Nursing Act was approved for third reading and received Royal Assent on Friday, April 12, 2019.
“We are getting closer to making the Nova Scotia College of Nursing a reality, which is wonderful news for Nova Scotians and the nursing community in our province,” says Sue Smith, Transition Executive Director of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia (CLPNNS) and CEO of the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (CRNNS). “One regulator will continue to ensure that Nova Scotians can remain confident in the nurses we license to provide safe and quality care. We look forward to having a single voice and providing one point of access for all stakeholders, including the public, nurses, unions, employers and government.”
Now that the Nursing Act has received Royal Asset, the CLPNNS Board and the CRNNS Council can implement steps to prepare for the legal establishment of the new regulator, when granted by government. This includes being able to select the first board, which will be able to select a board Chair, Vice-Chair and to appoint a CEO to lead and oversee the new regulator once it is proclaimed.
The colleges are continuing to prepare operationally for the Nova Scotia College of Nursing, which will be established once government approves the Regulations and sets a date for which to proclaim the new Act. While the Colleges are hopeful for a proclamation date of June 3, 2019, that date has yet to be confirmed. Until that time, both CLPNNS and CRNNS will continue to exist, which means that nurses will still practise according to their respective Acts, policies and procedures.