How You Can Help

Former nurses and nurse practitioners wishing to assist with the pandemic response

NANB has been receiving inquiries from former nurses who are offering to assist in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.   NANB is working with the Government of New Brunswick to ensure an adequate supply of nurses to assist in this effort. 

Temporary Emergency Registration

Former nurses and nurse practitioners (e.g. non-practising members, or former members who have resigned or retired within the past 5 years) who did not have any conditions on their license at the time of their last registration, may qualify.

Former nurses who are temporarily returning to practise to assist with an emergency response may not be required to meet all registration requirements, however NANB will assess applicants to ensure that the applicant has the capacity and competence to practise safely and ethically

What do I do if I want to help?

Actively registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners, Nurses from other provinces, as well as former RNs and NPs, who wish to assist in the pandemic response can email nanbregistration@nanb.nb.ca.  

NANB and the Department of Health are sending a call out for Retired and Non-Practising nurses interested in assisting with the current COVID-19 outbreak. If you are interested in assisting with the current outbreak and require an Emergency Temporary Registration with the Nurses Association of New Brunswick, please email nanbregistration@nanb.nb.ca as well as HRP3CD19@gnb.ca.

These ETRs will only be issued once the Department of Health contacts NANB to confirm that the individual in question is being recruited to assist with the current outbreak. It is for this reason that it is important to contact both NANB and the Department of Health at the emails listed above. www.nanb.nb.ca

What should nurses consider before helping?

When providing help during a pandemic, the practice standards and nursing accountabilities apply. You must also meet the expectations of the organization or facility where you are practicing. Consider the competencies required for your position. Identify any learning needs you have and take steps to fill any knowledge gaps to ensure your patients receive competent nursing care.

Actively registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners who wish to assist in the pandemic response can email nanbregistration@nanb.nb.ca.  

NANB and the Department of Health are sending a call out for Retired and Non-Practising nurses interested in assisting with the current COVID-19 outbreak. If you are interested in assisting with the current outbreak and require an Emergency Temporary Registration with the Nurses Association of New Brunswick, please email nanbregistration@nanb.nb.ca as well as HRP3CD19@gnb.ca.

These ETRs will only be issued once the Department of Health contacts NANB to confirm that the individual in question is being recruited to assist with the current outbreak. It is for this reason that it is important to contact both NANB and the Department of Health at the emails listed above. www.nanb.nb.ca

What should others consider before helping?

You can only practice nursing if you are registered with NANB in an active practice class as a Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, or Graduate Nurse. This includes nurses with standard registration or emergency temporary registration.

If you are volunteering after being out of practice for more than five years, you can only help in non-nursing roles. You can offer your help by e-mailing the Office of Health Workforce Planning at GNB HRP3CD19@gnb.ca or calling (506) 453-2793.

Applicants & Students

Impact of COVID-19 on Application and Exam Process

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rapidly evolve, NANB is aware of and monitoring the impact on nursing education programs and students. 

To ensure the health and welfare of our employees, students, and our community, the NANB offices are closed and staff are working remotely. As a result, email is the most effective means of communication with Registration staff. NANB recognizes that the uncertainty created by this unprecedented global emergency has been stressful for many applicants. We are actively monitoring ongoing developments and their impact on our applicants and graduate nurses. We will continue to provide updates as the situation changes or new information becomes available. 

All Applicants

During the pandemic emergency, NANB staff are working remotely. Email is the best way to communicate with NANB about your application (NANBregistration@nanb.nb.ca).

Although we have arranged for mail to be rerouted, delivery is slow. During the state of emergency, we are temporarily accepting scanned and emailed copies of identity documents. 

NANB has been advised that Pearson Vue plans to resume testing at all permanent testing centres in Canada and the US effective Monday, May 4, and planning is underway to proceed with the temporary testing centre scheduled for Fredericton in July. We will continue to provide updates as details become available for the Fredericton testing centre. 

The Province of New Brunswick remains under a state of emergency, and residents are required to avoid all non-essential travel.  For this reason, NANB is not encouraging or requiring applicants to travel to write the NCLEX at this time.   This is a temporary measure while travel restrictions are in place.  NANB will be extending the eligibility timelines for writing the NCLEX, to ensure applicants are not impacted negatively by the disruption in testing.

Yes, passing the NCLEX is one of the registration requirements to become a Registered Nurse (RN) in New Brunswick.  Only applicants who have passed the NCLEX will be eligible to become a registered nurse.

Application Processes for New Graduates

To expedite the application process, and for the safety of our applicants and staff, we will be accepting electronic copies of identity documents during the state of emergency and while social distancing recommendations are in effect. This means you will be able to send a scanned copy or photo of your identity documents via email (nanbregistration@nanb.nb.ca).

NANB has been advised that Pearson Vue plans to resume testing at all permanent testing centres in Canada and the US effective Monday, May 4, and planning is underway to proceed with the temporary testing centre scheduled for Fredericton in July. We will continue to provide updates as details become available for the Fredericton testing centre. 

The Province of New Brunswick remains under a state of emergency, and residents are required to avoid all non-essential travel.  For this reason, NANB is not encouraging or requiring applicants to travel to write the NCLEX at this time.   This is a temporary measure while travel restrictions are in place.  NANB will be extending the eligibility timelines for writing the NCLEX, to ensure applicants are not impacted negatively by the disruption in testing.

NANB is working with the Board to update the rules related to TRPs and Emergency Temporary Registration to ensure that new grads are able to practise even if the current emergency prevents them from writing the exam.   NANB will provide more information on our website and through email communication with our applicants once a rule change has been approved by the Board.  

We wish you the best during this difficult time.

2020 Graduates

Yes. NANB has implemented the emergency registration process. Under this process new graduates can receive emergency temporary registration, permitting them to practice as a Graduate Nurse (GN), even if they do not meet the requirement of being registered for the NCLEX.

If you have not already submitted your online application, you can do so now. If you have already submitted your online application, make sure you have sent all required documents.

Once NANB receives confirmation from your school that you have completed all requirements of your nursing program, we will email you with instructions for your next steps. 

Existing Applicants and Graduate Nurses

No.  Graduate Nurses (GNs) will not lose their TRP because of testing centre closures during the pandemic.   NANB is extending the expiry date of all TRPs to account for time lost due to testing centre closures and travel restrictions.  2020 graduates who met the requirements were issued Emergency Temporary Registration and the expiry date for these emergency registration permits will be extended through July to permit applicants to write the NCLEX at the temporary testing centre in Fredericton.

Yes. NANB will be granting extensions to all deadlines related to the NCLEX to account for time lost due to testing centre closures and travel restrictions. This includes the following requirements and deadlines:

  • The 3 year time limit for passing the NCLEX.
  • The requirement to write the NCLEX at least once every 6 months in order to extend the TRP
  • The 2 year time limit for TRPs. Any TRP that was active on March 16, 2020 will be extended

Nursing Education Programs

Memo: Allowances and considerations for nursing education programs

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rapidly evolve, NANB is aware of the impact on nursing education programs, faculty, and students, and we want to extend our help as needed. The safety of clients, staff, and students is our shared priority.

In response to directives from education institutions or health care agencies, nursing programs may be required to move to virtual or on-line instruction, cancel classes, labs and/or student clinical placements. We recognize that nursing programs will be required to offer flexible alternate learning opportunities while ensuring students are prepared to practice safely, ethically and competently upon successful completion of their program.

Below are a few key points to consider as nursing programs adjust and plan for learning during this pandemic.

  • Nursing programs have the authority to plan alternate learning methods should planned student learning experiences become unavailable. Nursing programs are required to advise NANB of any substantial changes to the nursing program.
  • Substantial changes* would include for example any major alterations in learning activities including clinical placements. 
  • Learning opportunities enabling students to meet the NANB entry-level competencies and learning outcomes may vary. If feasible, laboratory and simulation experiences can support student learning, including use of high-fidelity simulation, computer-based critical thinking scenarios, and virtual simulation (laboratory** hours within a baccalaureate program may not exceed 25% of the clinical practice hours). NANB would expect that programs are referring to and following best practices and recent research in simulation learning.
  • Education programs will monitor the effectiveness of alternate clinical placements and alternate methods of course delivery.
  • Nursing programs document modifications made to programs during this period, including use of alternate clinical placements and alternate methods of course delivery.
  • Modification to address these extenuating circumstances are short term for the duration of this pandemic only and not precedent-setting or to become permanent changes to the program.
  • In the event that the pandemic continues long term, and students are unable to achieve the NANB entry-level competencies required for registration with NANB, educational institutions may need to delay student progression in, or graduation from, the nursing program.
  • The Director/Dean of a program signs a confirmation of program completion indicating that each named student who is graduating has successfully completed all the requirements of their recognized nursing program and that they recommend them for registration as a nurse. This requirement does not change.

Please share this information within your programs and feel free to contact Kate Sheppard at ksheppard@nanb.nb.ca should you have any questions.

*Substantial change: Alterations in the approved nursing education program which may jeopardize the ability of the graduates to meet the NANB Entry‐Level Competencies and professional practice requirements. Substantial changes would include: changes in the program philosophy, conceptual framework, curriculum content, major alterations in learning activities including clinical placements, and changes in faculty resources.

**Laboratory: A simulated setting where students acquire nursing skills and competencies.