Canadian Nurses Association Opens Membership to All Regulated Nurses

On February 5 2018, we announced that the Nova Scotia College of Nursing would not be as a jurisdictional member of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA). This announcement was made after the provincial government adopted a new policy on self-regulated professions that clearly outlines the role of the regulator to serve and protect the public, which is separate and distinct from the advocacy mandate of a professional association. 

CNA is pleased to establish CNA Nova Scotia and offer membership to all regulated nurses in Nova Scotia. CNA Nova Scotia is a way for the all nurses – LPNs, RNs and NPs – to remain connected to CNA and gives a voice to nurses in Nova Scotia until a provincial association has been officially developed and incorporated. Visit the CNA website for more information on their mandate and mission

Membership with CNA

If you wish to maintain a membership with CNA, please visit the CNA website. We do not administer the membership process for CNA. 

If you are a nurse in Nova Scotia who is not yet a member of CNA: you can purchase a CNA membership directly through the CNA website. Click here to visit the CNA website

If you are an RN or NP who held a 2019 licence with the legacy College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (CRNNS) prior to June 4: you will continue to hold an active membership with CNA until December 31, 2019 when it will be time to consider purchasing a new membership. Note: your membership will continue uninterrupted until December 31 even though CRNNS no longer exists. 

If you have any questions about CNA membership, email 

Facts at a Glance

NSCN is not a jurisdictional member of CNA. What does this mean?

  • Licensure fees do not include membership with CNA
  • We do not administer the membership process for CNA
  • Remaining a member of CNA is not a requirement of licensure
  • Holding an NSCN licence is a legal requirement to practise nursing in NS 
  • Our regulatory role is separate and distinct from advocacy mandate of CNA 
  • Professional liability has and will continue to be covered by Lloyd Sadd Insurance Brokers Ltd. for LPNs and the Canadian Nurses Protective Society for RNs and NPs