This section applies to you if you are a graduate of a nursing education program outside of Canada and are not currently registered/licensed to practice in another Canadian jurisdiction (province/territory).
Information in this section pertains to:
- Overview of the Registration Process
- Provisional Registration
- Newfoundland & Labrador Professional Reference
- Obtaining an Interim License
- Online Learning Modules
NOTE: All IENs who want to register with ARNNL must first apply directly through National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS), a national online application service developed by nursing regulatory bodies across Canada. More information on NNAS including a detailed list of Frequently Asked Questions can be found on the NNAS website.
Overview of Registration Process
- Review the Requirements for Registration for Internationally-Educated Nurses.
- Submit the application and fee to the National Nursing Assessment Service(NNAS).
- Receive confirmation from NNAS that the Advisory Report has been completed.
- Complete the Application for Registration/Provisional Registration including submission of application fee ($373.75 includes HST). Application fee will not be refunded once the fee has been processed by ARNNL.
- Submit a Certificate of Conduct.
- ARNNL will notify you if any documents must be updated, including; verification of registration(s) and/or statement from current/most recent employer(s).
- Application review by ARNNL. Decision of the review will be communicated to you by email. Outcomes include requirement to:
- complete a Competency-Based Assessment (CBA)(see below for more information on CBA process) where an applicant's education program outcome is "not" or "somewhat" comparable to a Canadian BN; and
- to complete specified IEN Bridging education as identified through the CBA; OR
- complete the full Bridging education program where an applicant opts to be referred directly to the full Bridging program without undergoing a CBA.
- Provisional Registration granted.
- Meet Newfoundland and Labrador Professional Reference requirement (see below for more information). You may be eligible to apply for interim licensure. An interim license is required if you wish to practice as a graduate nurse in NL prior to writing NCLEX-RN®.
- Receive notification of NCLEX-RN® examination eligibility from ARNNL.
- Register and pay for the NCLEX-RN® examination with Pearson VUE.
- Successfully pass NCLEX-RN®.
- Apply for initial licensure or membership through MyARNNL.
Provisional registration is governed by the RN Regulations (2013) and means you have submitted an application for provisional registration to ARNNL and met all the requirements for registration with the exception of successful completion of the registered nurse examination or receipt of a satisfactory professional reference.
Provisional registration may be granted for up to three years. You will be notified by email when provisional registration has been granted.
Provisional registration alone does not permit you to practice nursing. You must hold an interim license or practicing license to practice nursing in NL.
Provisional Registrants who practice without a valid interim license will be subject to an Unauthorized Practice Fee in accordance with ARNNL Bylaw Article II, section 2(C) (Effective January 1, 2018 $100/shift worked with no maximum) and discipline in accordance with section 21 of the RN Act where the period of practice exceeds 3 shifts from and including the 1st shift.
All IEN applicants who have been granted provisional registration with ARNNL are required to obtain a satisfactory Newfoundland and Labrador professional reference before ARNNL will recommend them to write the RN Registration Examination. The purpose of this reference is to confirm that the applicant has the competencies required by ARNNL for entry-level practice and that the applicant practices in accordance with the ARNNL Standards of Practice for Registered Nurses and the Canadian Nurses Association's Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses. The reference may be obtained through:
- Completion of a minimum of 400 hours of nursing practice hours with a NL employer. Interim license to practice as a graduate nurse required (see below).
- Successful completion of the Clinical Skills course and the Medical - Surgical Nursing Practice course, from the IEN Bridging Program (NL program) available at the Centre for Nursing Studies. The courses include a five-day on-site lab component and 360 hours of faculty supervised and preceptored clinical. For more information contact the Continuing Nursing Studies Coordinator at the Centre for Nursing Studies.
Interim licenses may be issued to IENs who have been granted provisional registration. To obtain an interim license to practice nursing in Newfoundland and Labrador, you must submit the following:
- Application for Interim License with fee to ARNNL.
Note: Contact ARNNL regarding the process to apply for an interim license.
- Proof of legal name change (if changed since submitted provisional registration application)
In addition, the following must be on file with ARNNL:
ARNNL will notify you if any documents must be updated prior to issuing the interim license, including; verification of registration(s) and/or statement from current/most recent employer(s).
Once the interim license has been issued you will receive an electronic receipt confirming your interim license has been issued and your name will display to the ARNNL Member Search. An interim license is required before commencing employment, which includes orientation.
IENs who practice without a valid interim license will be subject to an Unauthorized Practice Fee in accordance with ARNNL Bylaw Article II, section 2(C) (Effective January 1, 2018 $100/shift worked with no maximum) and discipline in accordance with section 21 of the RN Act where the period of practice exceeds 3 shifts from and including the 1st shift.
For further information, please call 709-753-6040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following modules, available through the Continuing Nursing Education Portal, were developed by the Department of Health and Community Services, made possible through a financial contribution by Health Canada under the Internationally Educated Health Professionals Initiative. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of ARNNL.
- Medication Administration
- Scope of Practice - RN
- Jurisprudence: The Legislation and rules governing the practice of nursing in Newfoundland & Labrador - RN
- Appreciating Diversity in the Workplace
- Canadian Health Care System
- Communications in Nursing
- Cultural Awareness
- Mentorship: Nurses Mentoring Nurses
- Nursing Process: A Framework for Nursing Care
- What’s needed to become a leader in nursing today
- Communication & Conflict Management for Nursing Leaders
- Decision Making, Assignment and Delegation for Nursing Leaders
- Managing Change, your time and your team
Applicants should check the ARNNL website for updated documents referenced in the modules above.