Special Event Conditional Licence

Once you have met all conditional registration and licensure requirements you will be eligible to practise temporarily as an LPN, RN or NP in Nova Scotia.

This section of the website is for you if you are currently licensed as a nurse in any other province or territory in Canada and you wish to temporarily engage in the practise of nursing in Nova Scotia for a special, time-limited event. These events may include but are not limited to: 

  1. Temporary employment as a camp nurse
  2. Participation in a nursing course in Nova Scotia 
  3. Assisting in an emergency or disaster event

Before you begin, it’s important to know:

  • We can issue one special event conditional licence to eligible applicants in a given licensure year. If you think you will need to work or study in Nova Scotia more than once in a licensure year, you should apply for registration and a practising category of licence. 
  • All application documents must be provided in English. Translations from a certified translator are also accepted. You are responsible for the cost of all translations.
  • All documents received through the application process are the property of NSCN and can only be released to another regulatory body with your written permission. Documents will not be released to you or to any third party unless required by law.

If you are unsure about whether you qualify for this category of licence or have any other questions, please contact registration@nscn.ca. We will respond within five business days. 

Application Process

How to Apply for LPN Special Event Conditional Registration and Conditional Licensure: 

Note: The Practical Nursing/Nursing Equivalent Program must include Administration of Medications, Health Assessment and Intravenous Therapy.  If your program did not include these courses or outcomes, you are not eligible for this registration and licence. 

Please submit the following documents and fees to apply: 

  1. Application for a Practising Licence
  2. Application fee 
  3. Photocopy of the following documents: 
    1. Government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport or driver’s license)
    2. Birth certificate
    3. Name change certificate (e.g. marriage certificate) if you are married
  4. Original criminal record check 
  5. Registration/Licensure Verification form from every jurisdiction where you have held or currently hold a licence/registration (nursing and other regulated professions).
  6. Proof of employment or proof of enrollment in a nursing course
  7. English Language Proficiency Test, if applicable.

We will not be able to proceed with your application until all documents have been submitted.

What happens once I  submit my documents?

It will take up to five business days to process your application. You will receive an email when your application is approved along with information about next steps and how to pay for your LPN special event conditional registration and conditional licence.

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Will there be conditions and restrictions on my Special Event Conditional Licence?

We will apply the following conditions and restrictions on this licence: 

  1. You will only be able to engage in the practise of nursing in Nova Scotia for the purpose of providing nursing services with a specific employer or completing a specific course. 
  2. You must maintain your practising licence (LPN) in another Canadian jurisdiction (this would not apply in an emergency/disaster event). 

When does my Special Event Conditional Licence expire?

Your conditional licence expires on the earliest of the following dates:

  1. date that a licence other than a LPN – conditional licence, is issued;
  2. expiry date of the LPN conditional licence
  3. date the LPN – conditional licence is suspended or revoked under the professional conduct process.

Expiry of your application

Once you’re found eligible, you have six months to become registered and/or licensed with us. After this six-month period, your eligibility will expire and your file will be closed. If you change your mind and wish to become licensed once your file has been closed, you will be required to re-apply and meet the regulatory requirements in place at the time of your re-application. 

If you do not complete your application, we will retain the application and any supporting documents for six months from the date of last contact. After this date, your application will be confidentially shredded. When you want to resume the application process, you will be required to re-apply and re-pay the required fees.

How to Apply for RN Special Event Conditional Registration and Conditional Licensure: 

Please submit the following documents and fees to apply: 

  1. Initial Registration Assessment Application
  2. Pay the Assessment fee 
  3. Photocopy of the following documents. You must submit these documents to us directly either through the mail or email. We will not accept unclear and/or faxed copies. 
    1. Government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport or driver’s license)
    2. Birth certificate
    3. Name change certificate (e.g. marriage certificate) if you are married. 
  4. Original Canadian and International Criminal Record Check
  5. Verification of Current Registration and Licensure from the regulatory body where you currently hold a licence
  6. Proof of employment or proof of enrollment in a nursing course
  7. English Language Proficiency Test, if applicable.

We will not be able to proceed with your application until all documents have been submitted.

What happens once I have submitted my documents?

It will take up to five business days to process your application. Visit the RN & NP New Applicant Portal to track the receipt of your application documents. 

Will there be conditions and restrictions on my Special Event Conditional Licence?

We will apply the following conditions and restrictions on this licence: 

  1. You will only be able to engage in the practise of nursing in Nova Scotia for the purpose of providing nursing services with a specific employer or completing a specific course. 
  2. You must maintain your practising licence (RN) in another Canadian jurisdiction (this would not apply in an emergency/disaster event). 

When does my Special Event Conditional Licence expire?

Your conditional licence expires on the earliest of the following dates:

  1. date that a licence, other than an RN – conditional licence, is issued
  2. expiry date of the RN – conditional licence; or
  3. date the RN – conditional licence is suspended or revoked under the professional conduct process.

Expiry of Your Application

Your application will expire and close if your application documents are more than six months old and you have not been in contact with us for six months. 
If you change your mind and wish to become licensed once your file has been closed, you will be required to re-apply and meet the regulatory requirements in place at the time of your re-application, including paying the appropriate fees. 

How to apply for NP Special Event Conditional Registration and Conditional Licensure:

Please submit the following documents and fees to apply: 

  1. Initial Registration Assessment Application
  2. Pay the assessment fee
  3. Photocopy of the following documents. You must submit these documents to us directly either through the mail or email. We will not accept unclear and/or faxed copies.  
    1. Government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport or driver’s license)
    2. Birth certificate
    3. Name change certificate (e.g. marriage certificate) if you are married. 
  4. Verification of Current Registration and Licensure from the regulatory body where you currently hold an RN and NP licence
  5. Original Canadian and International Criminal Record Check
  6. Proof of employment or proof of enrollment in a nursing course
  7. English Language Proficiency Test, if applicable.

What happens once I submit my documents?

It will take up to five business days to process your application. Visit the RN & NP New Application Portal to track the receipt of your application documents. 

Will there be conditions and restrictions on my Special Event Conditional Licence?

We will apply the following conditions and restrictions on this licence: 

  1. You will only be able to engage in the practise of nursing in Nova Scotia for the purpose of providing nursing services with a specific employer or completing a specific course. 
  2. You cannot prescribe controlled drugs and substances;
  3. You must maintain your practising licences (RN and NP) in another Canadian jurisdiction (this would not apply in an emergency/disaster event). 

When does my Special Event Conditional Licence expire?

Your conditional licence expires on the earliest of the following dates:

  1. date that a licence, other than  an NP – conditional licence, is issued 
  2. expiry date of the NP – conditional licence
  3. date the NP – conditional licence is suspended or revoked under the professional conduct process.

Expiry of your Application

Your application will expire and close if your application documents are more than six months old and you have not been in contact with us for six months. 

If you change your mind and wish to become licensed once your file has been closed, you will be required to re-apply and meet the regulatory requirements in place at the time of your reapplication, including paying the appropriate fees. 

If you have any questions, reach out to us at registration@nscn.ca. We will respond within five business days.

Please be advised that registration requirements and fees are subject to change. All registration and licensure fees are non-refundable. Click here to learn more about fees and payment options