What is the College of Registered Nurses?

The College of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador is the regulatory body for all registered nurses (RNs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) in the province. The College is granted the responsibility to regulate the nursing profession through the Registered Nurses Act, 2008.

The Registered Nurses Regulations, under the RN Act, are delegated legislation that speaks to specialized powers such as registration and licensure.  Rules of procedure for the College that are not already specified in legislation are defined in By-laws.

College Council – governed by elected RNs, and public representatives appointed by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador – establishes goals and policies for the College. Council, in the interest of the public, meet the objectives of the RN Act:

  • Advance and promote the ethical and professional standards of the nursing profession.
  • Promote proficiency and competency in the nursing profession.
  • Encourage members to participate in activities promoting the health and well-being of the public.

RNs and NPs in Newfoundland & Labrador

The titles “registered nurse” and “nurse practitioner” are protected. For individuals to identify as RNs or NPs in our province, they must be registered and licensed with the College. Initially, an individual must graduate from a College of Registered Nurses-approved education program and pass national exams. On an annual basis, individuals who wish to continue to practice are required to renew their license with the College. In order to be eligible for licensure renewal, all RNs and NPs must meet renewal requirements and declare they have completed the requirements of the Continuing Competency Program. The licensure status of all RNs and NPs is publicly available through the Member Search.

In the interest of the public, the College:

  • Establishes and maintains standards for nursing practice that support RNs and NPs to provide safe, competent, and ethical nursing care
  • Sets education standards and approves RN and NP education programs
  • Establishes competencies required for practice
  • Identifies emerging nursing roles to meet the needs of the health care system
  • Provides practice consultation to RNs and NPs
  • Investigates allegations related to nursing practice, and intervenes when a RN’s or NP’s practice or conduct is deemed unacceptable
  • Offers continuing professional education
  • Works with RNs, NPs, and other professionals in identifying health issues and advocating for the public’s health