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Nova Scotia Nurses

How to stay connected to CNA in 2019 and beyond

As of June 2019, due to regulatory changes in Nova Scotia, the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia is no longer a jurisdictional member of CNA. In its place, we have established a group called CNA Nova Scotia.

CNA Nova Scotia is a way for all regulated nurses in that province — LPNs, RNs and NPs — to be part of CNA and to have a voice at the national level. Nurses who wish to join CNA must do so via our online membership system.

There are ongoing efforts by nurses in Nova Scotia to create a provincial nursing association that could consider applying to the CNA board to be admitted as a jurisdictional member (send an email to learn more about the provincial efforts). Since this work will take time, we established CNA Nova Scotia to bridge the gap.

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With so many changes in Nova Scotia’s nursing landscape, there are different paths to CNA membership:

  • If you’re a registered nurse or nurse practitioner who was licensed before June 4, 2019, with the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia:

    • Your current licensure fee includes CNA membership until December 31, 2019. Go to mycna.ca to log in or create your MyCNA account to access your benefits, including Canadian Nurse.
    • To remain a member of CNA in 2020, log in to your MyCNA account, select Renew now, then purchase a CNA membership.

  • If you’re a registered nurse or nurse practitioner who became licensed after June 4, 2019, with the Nova Scotia College of Nursing: go to mycna.ca to create your MyCNA account. Purchase a CNA membership (learn more about membership rates and benefits)
  • If you’re a licensed practical nurse: go to mycna.ca to create your MyCNA account. Purchase a CNA membership (learn more about membership rates and benefits)

2018 notice of CRNNS withdrawal from CNA

Ottawa, February 5, 2018 – The Nova Scotia government recently adopted a new policy on self-regulated professionals that clearly outlines the role of regulators to serve and protect the public. The government’s policy provides clarification on the role of regulators, making a clear distinction from the advocacy mandate of an association. Consequently, the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (CRNNS) announced its expected withdrawal as a jurisdictional member of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) sometime in 2019.

“The decision to withdraw from CNA is based on our accountability as a regulator to ensure that we meet the expectations of the public and government alike by more clearly separating the role of the regulator from the role of an association,” said Sue Smith, chief executive officer (CEO) and registrar of CRNNS. “This is an opportunity for CRNNS and CNA to thrive, independently yet alongside one another, in the interest of those we are mandated to serve.”

News of CRNNS’s intent to withdraw was expected, as discussions have been taking place in Nova Scotia in recent years.

“The clear separation of the regulatory and association roles is a growing trend that we see across the country,” said CNA CEO Mike Villeneuve. “CNA faced this situation before, specifically in British Columbia and Manitoba, and has always found ways to maintain a strong national nursing voice, which includes all provinces and territories.”

CNA will continue to collaborate and partner with CRNNS to serve Nova Scotia’s nurses, as two separate independent organizations with different and complementary mandates. As CRNNS focuses on regulation to protect the public interest, CNA will continue to promote the interests of healthy public policies and of the nursing profession. CNA has already had the opportunity to discuss various nursing issues specific to Nova Scotia with the province’s health minister, Randy Delorey.

“As we look at the health challenges facing Nova Scotia today, it is of the utmost importance for nurses to maintain their voice and be part of the solution,” said Villeneuve. “We encourage nurses to reach out to us and share ideas on how CNA can best support that voice going forward.”

To stay informed and follow the news concerning this transition, please sign up for the CNA Now e-newsletter and/or follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. If you have any questions, contact us at members@cna-aiic.ca.


CNA, including its CEO, Mike Villeneuve (second from right), has already had the opportunity to discuss various nursing issues specific to Nova Scotia with the province’s health minister, Randy Delorey (third from right).