Amendments to Registered Nurses Regulations

September 28, 2016

Amendments to the Registered Nurses Regulations (2013) were approved by the Minister of Health and Community Services and enacted on Sept. 28, 2016.

The amendments to the Registered Nurses Regulations (2013) are as follows:

  • lengthening the duration of provisional registration to three years;
  • removing a specified number of attempts on the RN registration exam to an unspecified number that may be attempted within the period of provisional registration; and
  • removing the mandatory requirement for a remedial education program prior to a third write of the registration exam.

Other amendments related to registration and licensure were also approved at this time, and for more information please click here.  Please note, there has been no change in the regulations that govern an interim license. A provisional registrant who fails the registration exam on their first attempt may apply for an interim license II (IL-II) and is not eligible to practice or work as a graduate nurse following the second unsuccessful exam attempt.

ARNNL Council approved these amendments to the RN Regulations on September 7, 2016 and forwarded to the Minister of Health and Community Services as is required under the Registered Nurses Act (2008).

ARNNL will communicate directly with current and past provisional registrants that are immediately impacted by the amended regulations where applicable. For more information, please contact the Director of Regulatory Services or a Regulatory Officer at ARNNL (709) 753-6040 or email


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