|Building Your Profile™|
All individuals applying for or renewing an active-practising (RN) licence in Nova Scotia must meet the requirements of the College’s Continuing Competence Program (CCP). This involves completing the Building Your Profile (BYP)™ booklet or an equivalent self-assessment tool (i.e., a tool based on the Standards of Practice for Registered Nurses, and/or Nurse Practitioner Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics, and Entry-Level Competencies for RNs and/or Nurse Practitioner Competency Framework, and including a form of professional development planning).
The Building Your Profile™ booklet is designed to guide registered nurses through:
Whether you are applying for or renewing a licence to practise, you must inform the College that you have met the requirements of the CCP by simply checking the appropriate box on your application/annual licence renewal form. However, it is important to note that according to the Registered Nurses Regulations any document or information prepared by a registered nurse for the purpose of satisfying the requirements of the CCP is considered confidential. Your BYP™ booklet belongs to you — you are not required to submit either the booklet or any supporting documents to the College).
Nurses who have not met the CCP requirements when applying for/renewing a licence (e.g., completed the BYP™ tool) will be issued a time-limited licence which will expire on the earliest of
The CCP requirements must be met by the expiry date to continue practising. Only one time-limited licence will be issued to an RN within a licensure year. Equivalent self-assessment tools must be based on the Standards of Practice for Registered Nurses and Code of Ethics.
NOTE: If you have been issued a time-limited licence, please notify the College in writing when you have completed the Building Your Profile™ booklet (by letter or email to email@example.com). Upon receipt, the College will issue an active-practising licence that will expire at the end of the licensure year for which it is issued.