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Registered Nurses

General Information

In order to become a registered nurse, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Submission of the required application form.
  2. Payment of all application (processing) and registration fees.
  3. Successful completion of a nursing program at an approved school of nursing in Canada or the equivalent.
  4. Proof of legal name (eg. certified copy of birth certificate, passport, marriage certificate).
  5. One of the following requirements must be met to prove current nursing knowledge and skills:
    1. graduating within the past 5 years;
    2. providing evidence of at least 1125 hours of practice in the previous five years;
    3. providing evidence of 450 hours of practice within the 6 months prior to application along with a reference from your employer (confirming your competence and recommending registration);
    4. completion of an approved refresher program;
    5. completion of continuing education in nursing or health care.
  6. Successful completion of the Jurisprudence module found under your “My Profile” account on the NANB website.
  7. Good Character, as demonstrated through:
    1. a current criminal record check through CSI screening. Log on to www.csiscreening.com, follow the instructions to complete the Canadian Criminal Record Check (with or without eConsent), and indicate “NANB” as the company / employer. Criminal record checks are valid for 6 months from the date of issue.
    2. A letter of good standing from every regulatory/licensing body where you have practised and/or been registered (each province, state, or country).
  8. Successful completion of the registration examination.
  • Application for Registration- Canadian RNs

    Complete the NANB application for registration form if you have been a Registered Nurse in another Canadian jurisdiction and are applying to New Brunswick for the first time.

    Graduates from other Canadian provinces must complete the application form and return it to nanbregistration@nanb.nb.ca. You will receive an email with instructions to pay the application fee online.

    Canadian RNs

    Applicants must meet all requirements in order to become registered to practise as a registered nurse (RN) or nurse practitioner (NP) in New Brunswick.

    How long will it take to be registered?

    You should begin the application/registration process at least 4-5 weeks before you intend to start work in New Brunswick to allow time for all required documents to be sent to NANB. It is not unusual for applicants to wait 3-4 weeks for documents to be sent from other regulatory bodies and previous employers.

    Your application will only be processed once all required documents are received and requirements have been met.

    Application for Registration Procedure

    Please ensure all of the following documents are completed and criteria are met:

    1. Complete the Out of Province Application Form and pay the attached $57.50 out of province processing fee.
    2. Submit proof of your legal name (birth certificate, passport, or driver’s license) to nanbregistration@nanb.nb.ca. Please send a photo or scanned copy of these documents.If you are submitting documents in a different name (e.g. transcripts, verifications from other regulatory bodies, etc.), you must provide documentation to support the name change (e.g. marriage certificate or name change certificate).
    3. Arrange for letters of good standing from all regulatory/licensing bodies where you have practised and/or been registered. This includes any countries outside Canada where you have been registered, as well as states/provinces/countries where you have held registration but not worked.To do this, complete section A of the Verification of Registration Form and forward it to the registration/licensing body (a fee may be required by the other regulatory body to complete this form, so please check with them directly).Because it may take a few weeks for your verification of registration requests from other jurisdictions to be processed, this step should be completed immediately after applying to NANB.All verifications of registration are valid for six months from the date of issue. NANB may require updated verifications of registration if your application process exceeds six months.
    4. Complete and return the Declaration of Employment Form.
    5. Complete section A of the Confirmation of Hours of Practice Form and forward a copy to each employer where you have worked during the past five years and arrange for the employer to forward the form directly to nanbregistration@nanb.nb.ca.
    6. Submit a current criminal record check through CSI Screening. Log on to www.csiscreening.com, complete the Canadian Criminal Record Check and indicate “NANB” as the company. This must be sent directly from CSI to nanbregistration@nanb.nb.ca.For criminal record checks from other sources, NANB will require the original be sent to us by mail. Criminal record checks are valid for 6 months from the date of issue.
    7. Complete the Jurisprudence  module found under your “My Profile” account on the NANB website.
    8. Once your application approved for registration, pay all applicable fees. Please see Fee Schedule.
  • Application for Reinstatement

    Application for Reinstatement of Registration

    A completed Application for Reinstatement of Registration form is required if you have not been registered outside the province since your last active registration in New Brunswick.

    Out of Province Application for Reinstatement of Registration

    A completed Out of Province Application for Reinstatement of Registration form is required if you have been registered elsewhere, including outside Canada, since your last active registration in New Brunswick.

    Additional Requirements:

    • If your name has changed since you were last registered with NANB, you must provide official documentation linking your old name to your new name (e.g. marriage certificate or name change certificate).
    • One of the following requirements must be met to prove current nursing knowledge and skills:
      •  Graduation within the past five years;
      • A minimum of 1125 hours of active practise as an RN within the past five years (these hours must be sent to NANB directly from the employer);
      • 450 hours of active practice as an RN within the past six months, plus a reference letter from your employer confirming your competence and recommending you for registration;
      • Completion of an approved refresher program within the past five years;
      • Post secondary education in nursing or healthcare within the past five years.
    • Complete the Jurisprudence module found under your “My Profile” account on the NANB website.
    • If you have practised nursing or were registered as a nurse in another province or country since your last active registration in New Brunswick, you must arrange for letters of good standing  to be sent directly from all regulatory bodies where you have practised and/or been registered.To do so, please complete section A of the Verification of Registration Form and forward it to the registration/licensing body (a fee may be required by other regulatory bodies to complete this form, so please check with them directly).If you have practised nursing or were registered as a nurse in another province or country since your last active registration in New Brunswick, NANB will also require that you confirm at least 1125 hours of practice within the past five years in order to be eligible for registration.Hours worked out of province must be confirmed by your employer. To do so, please have them complete the Confirmation of Hours form and forward it to NANB directly.
    • Payment of all applicable fees once your application has been approved.
  • Registration Renewal

    Registration Renewal – General Information

    Online Registration Renewal

    Renew your practising or non-practising membership online between October 1 and November 30, 2022 at 11:59 pm at www.nanb.nb.ca.

    NANB has launched a new member database that presents a modern interface with easy-to-use portal for RNs and NPs through the ‘My Profile’ section of the website. A one-stop shop for members to access and complete their annual registration renewal, request documents from NANB such as verifications of registration, and complete their Continuing Competence Program.

    New NANB Database FAQs

    Please note, although Registration Renewal remains open until 11:59 pm, NANB’s office hours are from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, registration support will not be available after 4:30 pm.

    More information…

    Questions?  Should you have any questions, please contact registration services: nanbregistration@nanb.nb.ca