In order to practise as a registered nurse (RN) in New Brunswick, you must be registered with the Nurses Association of New Brunswick (NANB). It is illegal to practise as a registered nurse without a valid NANB registration.
In New Brunswick, registered nurse education programs are at the post-secondary (university) level after 12 years of elementary and secondary schooling. Registered nurse education includes theory and clinical instruction in medical, surgical, obstetrical (maternal/newborn), pediatrics (child health), psychiatric (mental health) as well as gerontology and community health nursing.
To be eligible to apply for registration with NANB, you must:
- Be fluent in English or in French in accordance with language tests approved by NANB (NANB approved language tests);
- Have completed an approved nursing education program assessed to be substantially equivalent to that of a New Brunswick nursing education program;
- Have been registered to practise as a nurse in the country where you completed your initial registered nurse education program;
- Have been registered in good standing in other jurisdictions where you have worked (are working) as a registered nurse;
- Have worked a minimum of 1125 hours of registered nurse practice within the previous 5 years or have completed an approved nursing education program during the same period;
- Submit a current Criminal Record Check; and
- Pass the Registered Nurse Examination
Please do not apply to NANB until you have completed the application process with the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) and have received the NNAS Advisory Report.