Nursing Profession Legislation Discussion – Public Engagement (Closed)

The Department of Health and Social Services asked for public feedback between August 17 and October 17 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.

Read the Discussion Paper:

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 in March 2021.