Meet the Leadership

Sue Smith

Sue Smith, Chief Executive Officer and Registrar

Sue Smith, RN, BN, MAOL, has been a nurse for over three decades and has earned a wealth of experience throughout her career that has enabled her to genuinely understand the complexities of the healthcare system. Her endeavours have led her to greatly appreciate the challenges and the opportunities facing the nursing profession and the significant role health regulators play in public protection.

No stranger to the provincial, national and international scene and always as a proud nurse, Sue is a visionary leader that leads the organization in its mandate to serve and protect the public and preserve the integrity of the nursing profession in Nova Scotia. Sue played a vital leadership role in the journey to create one nursing regulator in Nova Scotia and was the Transition Executive Director and Registrar of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia and the CEO and Registrar for the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia before her current role as CEO and Registrar. 

Douglas Bungay

Douglas Bungay, Senior Director, Legislative Services and Deputy Registrar

Doug began his 33-year nursing career first as a licensed practical nurse and then as a registered nurse. Having practiced as both an LPN and RN, Doug brings a valued perspective to both scopes of practice. Throughout his career, Doug has practiced as a front-line nurse, a practice leader, in administration and finally in nursing regulation and brings with him a keen understanding of the health system in Nova Scotia and Canada. As Senior Director of Legislative Services and Deputy Registrar, Doug plays a critical role in shaping and achieving the vision and goals of the newly created Nova Scotia College of Nursing. He is the principal leader of legislative operations and a key member of the NSCN executive leadership team.

Areas of Responsibility: 

  • Registration Services
  • Education Program Approval
  • Professional Conduct
  • Standards & Guidance and Customer Experience
Heather Totton

Heather Totton, Senior Director, Governance and General Counsel

Heather Totton, MSHA/LLB, RN has been a nurse for 25 years and graduated with her law degree from Dalhousie University in 2002. She has worked in a variety of positions gaining 15 years experience in the field of self-regulation, both at a provincial and national level. Heather was a member of the team that supported the creation of one nursing regulator in Nova Scotia, and used her strategic thinking to develop the basis for a new regulator that could continue to grow and evolve to best serve the public interest. A champion of accountability in self-regulation, Heather strives to seek new and improved ways to transparently demonstrate NSCN’s commitment to working collaboratively with other health care partners to ensure that nurses are able to deliver safe, competent and ethical nursing care to Nova Scotians. 

Areas of responsibility: 

  • Governance
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Risk Management
     
Colleen Arnold

Colleen Arnold, Director Finance & Administration

Colleen Arnold, MBA, CPHR, CPA (CMA), has brought a range of professional expertise to nursing regulation since 2000. Colleen has 25 years’ experience at the executive level in for profit, not-for-profit and provincial government organizations. Colleen oversees all aspects of the NSCN’s finances, including the development and management of NSCN’s long-term financial plan, budget oversight, creation, implementation and evaluation of financial and operational risk management strategies. She also provides strategic and operational financial advice to the Board, CEO and other members of the Executive Team. As NSCN’s Privacy Officer, she develops and implements policies and procedures designed to protect employee and registrant data from unauthorized access.

Areas of Responsibility: 

  • Finance
  • Administration
  • Privacy Officer 
Darlene Mott

Darlene Mott, Director of Professional Conduct Services

Darlene Mott, RN, MN received her BScN degree from the St. Francis Xavier University in 1998 and went on to complete a MN from Dalhousie University in 2006. Darlene joined the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (CRNNS) as a Professional Conduct Consultant in 2013. She has practised nursing in many capacities in Nepal, British Columbia, Saudi Arabia and Nova Scotia and brings experience from her varied career to support a fair and respectful professional conduct process for all involved. Darlene believes in using data to make informed decisions and that regulatory bodies measure and report performance in order to demonstrate effectiveness and relevance.

Areas of responsibility: 

  • Complaints
  • Investigations
  • Fitness to Practice 
Paula Prendergast

Paula Prendergast, Director of Registration Services and Program Approval

Paula, MN, RN, received her Master of Nursing in 1984 and has achieved certification in the areas of Executive Leadership, Advanced Adaptive Leadership, and Change Leadership. She has over forty years of combined experience in clinical nursing, education, management, human resources and health care regulation. With 18 years of experience in nursing regulation, Paula understands the complexities of regulation at the provincial, national and international levels. Paula is passionate about lifelong learning and the opportunity to lead new thinking and processes in advancing excellence in nursing regulation. She is committed to protection of public safety, integrity of the profession and maintaining public confidence in regulation through responsive, transparent, and current regulatory policies and processes. 

Areas of responsibility: 

  • Registration and licensure services
  • LPN, RN , NP licensing exams
  • Program approval of all entry level nursing programs, nurse practitioner programs and nursing re-entry programs