New Brunswick Nurses Association announced streamlining the registration process
New Brunswick Nurses Association has announced that the registration process for internationally educated nurses from 14 countries will be expedited. This will cut the time to become registered to work in the province from 12-18 months to as few as 14 days for nurses from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Hong Kong, India, Philippines, United Arab Emirates, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Morocco, and Lebanon.
The association will continue to authenticate identification, initial registration, and education to mitigate the risk of fraudulent nurses entering the healthcare system. Some nurses may be required to complete additional training. All nurses must complete an entry-to-practice examination.
The National Nurses Assessment Service (NNAS), according to Denise LeBlanc-Kwaw, CEO of the Nurses Association of New Brunswick, will handle this through an easier process requiring fewer documents.
This, according to her, will lead to a “24-hour turnaround for the NNAS process that’s going to authenticate their ID, their verification of registration in their home country, as well as their education.”
She stated that after that, the nurses must get registered within 14 days.
Paula Doucet, president of the New Brunswick Nurses Union, said in an email that while this was good news, the NCLEX exam requirement “could present a potential stumbling block.”
Doucet noted the fact that New Brunswick lacks a permanent NCLEX testing site, unlike its neighbor Nova Scotia.
Because exam slots fill up quickly, some nurses must wait, which slows down the registration process.
LeBlanc-Kwaw responded, “We’d be in a stronger position to negotiate for a more permanent site here (in New Brunswick) now that we’re boosting our capacity for globally educated nurses as well as our present domestic nurses.
The exam won’t cause delays, in her view.
Many of our global (nurses) have already taken the NCLEX because it is now a North American norm and is accessible worldwide on multiple websites, so there shouldn’t be much of a problem, she added.
Since 2022, francophone nurses have had the option of completing the nursing admission test for Quebec rather than the NCLEX.
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