Not Renewing Due to Retirement or Resignation

This section of the website is for you if you are:

  1. retiring from your position and do not plan to continue working as a nurse or
  2. resigning your licence with one of the nursing designations.

If you are retiring from a position but plan to continue working as a nurse, you are required to hold a practising licence.

Note: Our licensure year runs from November 1 – October 31.

I plan to work in Nova Scotia after November 1 and retire or resign during the licensure year:

You must renew your licence during the annual renewal season and pay the licensure fee for the full year. Your licence and all accompanying benefits are valid for the entire licensure year. Even if you only work a few days or weeks into the new licensure year, you must pay the full year’s licensure fee. There is no short-term licence option or refunds available at this time.

If you do not hold a practising licence, your licensure status on the Search for a Nurse will indicate that you are not currently licensed. 

Please change your license status on our LPN Registrant Portal during the annual renewal period by following step #3 in the Step-by-Step Guide to Completing your Online Renewal. The deadline to complete this step is October 31.

I am a LPN who is retiring and want to apply for the Retired Affiliation

The LPN (Retired) Affiliation is for you if you do not intend to practise nursing but wish to continue use the title “LPN” or “licensed practical nurse”.

You can apply for this affiliation if you:

  • Were previously registered and held the equivalent of a practising licence in Nova Scotia or another jurisdiction
  • Were previously authorized to use a nursing designation in Nova Scotia or another jurisdiction
  • Did not have your license revoked and not reinstated
  • Do not currently hold a practising licence
  • You understand that you are not to engage in the practice of nursing or hold yourself as having the authority to engage in the practice of nursing.

How do I apply?

You change your license status on our LPN Registrant Portal during the annual renewal period by following step #3 in the Step-by-Step Guide to Completing your Online Renewal. The deadline to complete this step is October 31.

You are not required to contact us when you retire.

I am an RN and NP who is retiring and want to apply for the Retired Affiliation:

The RN (Retired) Affiliation is for you if you do not intend to practise nursing but wish to continue use the title “RN” or “registered nurse”.

You can apply for this affiliation if you:

  • Were previously registered and held the equivalent of a practising licence in Nova Scotia or another jurisdiction
  • Were previously authorized to use a nursing designation in Nova Scotia or another jurisdiction
  • Did not have your license revoked and not reinstated
  • Do not currently hold a practising licence
  • You understand that you are not to engage in the practice of nursing or hold yourself as having the authority to engage in the practice of nursing.

How do I apply?

To apply: 

  1. Submit an application on the RN & NP Registrant Portal. There is no fee to apply. 

Once we review your application, you will receive an email from us within 15 business days indicating whether your name has been recorded as an RN (retired) registrant. 

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