Nursing Profession Legislation Discussion – Public Engagement

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Thu, 09/03/2020 - 09:10

What is this engagement about?

The Department of Health and Social Services is asking for feedback from NWT residents on plans to move towards a single regulatory framework for all nursing professionals in the NWT. Currently, Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners apply to the Registered Nurses Association of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut to practice in the NWT, while Licensed Practical Nurses apply for licensing to the Department of Health and Social Services. Psychiatric Nurses are not required to be licensed in the NWT however employers often require them to be licensed in another jurisdiction.  The different registration processes can be frustrating and cumbersome especially for new graduates and those relocating to the NWT and creates uneven regulatory requirements for nursing professionals.

Having one body that regulates the practice of nursing for all nursing professionals in the NWT will streamline licensing and ensures all nurses have greater access to training and resources to perform their scope of work safely and collaboratively within the health system.

How do I participate?

You can participate between August 17 and October 17 by:

  • Emailing your feedback to NPA_Legislation@gov.nt.ca
  • Faxing your feedback to 867-873-0204.
  • Mailing your feedback to:

    ATTN: Amendments to the NWT Nursing Profession Act
    Policy, Legislation, and Communications
    Department of Health and Social Services
    P.O. Box 1320 
    Yellowknife NT  X1A 2L9

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How can my contribution make a difference?

Your input will help us in making amendments to move towards a single regulatory framework for all nursing professionals in the NWT.

Where can I find results?

  • We will post a “What We Heard” report after the engagement

Who can I contact for information?

NPA Legislation
Policy, Legislation and Communications
NPA_Legislation@gov.nt.ca