A project nine years in the making, NNAS is the beginning of a national approach to the assessment of Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse and Registered Psychiatric Nurse applicants who (a) completed their nursing education outside of Canada and (b) are not currently registered to practice as a nurse within Canada.
More information about NNAS is available at http://www.nnas.ca.
When NNAS’s web portal goes live on August 12, all internationally educated applicants to the CLPNA will submit their applications and pay their initial assessment fees to NNAS within a secure online environment.
Benefits to applicants will include the ability to:
- Apply to multiple jurisdictions within Canada.
- Send documents (e.g., education transcripts) to just one central location, regardless of how many jurisdictions an applicant applies to.
- Track the status of their application online.
- Access a toll-free customer care line with service in both English and French.
5 Key Points
In the meantime, here are five key points about NNAS and how it will work to provide greater transparency and timeliness in the application processes:
- NNAS will not make decisions about an applicant’s eligibility for registration. The CLPNA and all other regulatory bodies involved with NNAS will continue to make the final decision on whether to accept or refuse an applicant’s request for registration.
- NNAS will conduct the initial review of an application. NNAS will function as the start of an applicant’s journey to registration by accepting the applicant’s initial application and assessing the documents (e.g., education transcripts, identity documents). NNAS will then create an advisory report that the CLPNA will use along with other information to determine whether the applicant can proceed to the next steps in the registration process – steps CLPNA will continue to administer.
- NNAS will apply only to those applicants who were educated outside of Canada and have never been registered as a nurse in Canada. Applicants who were educated at an approved nursing program in Canada or are currently registered as a nurse in another Canadian jurisdiction will continue to be assessed by the CLPNA under current registration processes.
- The registration requirements have not changed. Provincial legislation, regulation and policy sets out the requirements that all applicants must meet before they can practice nursing in Alberta.
- NNAS only affects those who submit their applications after August 12, 2014. When NNAS is launched, all new applicants will be directed to the NNAS Website to begin the application process. Applicants who apply to the CLPNA before August 12 will continue to be assessed by the CLPNA; they will not be asked to re-submit their applications to NNAS when its portal goes live.
We are currently working to ensure all CLPNA systems and processes are updated to accommodate the launch of NNAS. We are also communicating changes to the process through our website and through direct communications with applicants.
For questions about the registration process for internationally educated nurses, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 780-484-8886, 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).