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The College of Registered Nurses of Prince Edward Island (CRNPEI) would like to assist internationally educated nurses (IENs) who are considering living and working in Prince Edward Island. Our team is here to support you through the application process for registration and licensure, to ensure that process is as seamless and efficient as possible. There are a number of steps in the application process and it is important to take your time and be thorough to ensure you have completed everything, as we cannot make a decision on your application until we receive all required documents. Remember we are just an email or phone call (902 368 3764 or toll free 1 844 843 3933) away if you need help.
Nursing in PEI
Types of Nurses in Prince Edward Island
There are three categories of nurses in Prince Edward Island: licensed practical nurses (LPNs), registered nurses (RNs), and nurse practitioners (NPs). Provincial law protects the title ‘nurse’, and only those registered and licensed in one of these three categories can call themselves a ‘nurse’ and use the designation of ‘LPN’, ‘RN’, or ‘NP’. The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Prince Edward Island regulates the practice of LPNs, while The College of Registered Nurses of Prince Edward Island (CRNPEI), regulates the practice of RNs and NPs.
While the overall goal of nursing is to promote optimum health and prevent illness, the roles and responsibilities of RNs and NPs differ. These differences are based on provincial law as well as individual nurses’ initial and ongoing education, experience, and professional development. In their work settings, nurses practice together and with other healthcare providers to ensure quality care. In some situations, the roles and responsibilities of nurses may overlap. More information about the scope of practice of RNs and NPs can be found in the PEI Registered Nurses Regulations.
Nursing Jobs in PEI
Currently there are jobs available in PEI for RNs and NPs. Please visit the PEI Government website, Department of Recruitment and Retention for further information about living and working in PEI.
Why register with CRNPEI?
To practice as an RN or NP in PEI, you must be registered with CRNPEI. Please note that if you wish to move to another province in Canada, you must apply to the regulatory authority in that province before being permitted to work there. Here is a list of the regulatory bodies for registered nurses in Canada. The steps are outlined in the next tab for internationally educated nurses who wish to become RNs in our province. Again, welcome to our website and we look forward to assisting you with the process of becoming registered to work in Prince Edward Island.
Factors That Can Delay the Process:
- graduation from a nursing or practical nursing program that doesn’t meet entry-to-practice competencies
- lack of evidence the applicant has practised nursing or graduated from a nursing program within the past five years
- lack of evidence the candidate demonstrates language proficiency in English
- unsuccessful completion of the national registration exam
- failure to produce other documents requested by CRNPEI in a timely manner
To find the Registration application form for internationally educated nurses, go to the Applicant portal.