What is CRNNL


The College of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador (CRNNL) is the regulatory body for all registered nurses (RNs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) in the province. CRNNL is granted the responsibility to regulate the nursing profession through the Registered Nurses Act (2008). CRNNL Council – governed by volunteer RNs elected by RNs, and public representatives appointed by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador – establishes goals and policies for the College. Council serves on behalf of members, in the interest of the public, to advance the objectives of the RN Act, to: 

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


The titles “registered nurse” and “nurse practitioner” are protected in Newfoundland and Labrador. For individuals to identify as RNs or NPs in our province, they must be registered and licensed with CRNNL. Initially, an individual must graduate from an CRNNL-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 CRNNL. In order to be eligible for licensure renewal, all RNs and NPs must meet renewal requirements and declare they have completed the requirements of CRNNL’s Continuing Competence Program. The licensure status of all RNs and NPs through CRNNL’s Member Search


  • 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


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