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 Prince Edward Island Licensed Practical Nurses Registration Board regulates the practice of LPNs, while The Association of Registered Nurses of Prince Edward Island (ARNPEI), 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 Act, as well as these links.

For information about the key differences between RNs and LPNs in clinical practice in PEI, please refer to the following document, Exemplary Care: Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses Working Together

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 here.

Why register with ARNPEI?

To practice as an RN or NP in PEI, you must be registered and licensed by ARNPEI.  Please note that if you wish to move to another province in Canada, you must apply to the licensing authority in that province before being permitted to work there.  Here is a list of the licensing 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 and licensed to work in our province!