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About NSCN

The Nova Scotia College of Nursing is the regulatory body for all nursing designations in Nova Scotia. We ensure the public that all nurses in Nova Scotia have the education and skills to provide safe, competent, ethical and compassionate nursing care.

Quick Facts

Q: How many nurses are licensed in Nova Scotia as of the start of the 2021 licensure year (November 1, 2020)?
A: There are 14,273 nurses licensed in Nova Scotia as of November 1, 2020.

Q: How do I confirm if a person is a nurse in Nova Scotia?
A: Use our Search for Nurse feature and enter the person’s name or registration number to confirm if they are licensed as a nurse in Nova Scotia.

Q: What are the designations of nurses in Nova Scotia?
A: In Nova Scotia, there are three designations of nurses: licensed practical nurses (LPNs), registered nurse (RN) and nurse practitioners (NP). NSCN regulates all three designations on behalf of the Nova Scotian public. 

Q: Where can I find information on conduct decisions? 
A: You can find this information on our Decisions and Outcomes page here