IEN Registration Process


How do I apply for RN registration?


All nurses who were educated outside of Canada and are seeking initial registration or licence to practice in a Canadian province (with the exception of Quebec and the Territories) as a registered nurse (RN) must first complete an application to the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS). The NNAS verifies credentials for internationally educated nurses, compares them to Canadian standards and provides a secure, centralized electronic repository for education and registration credentials.

When the advisory report is issued you must complete additional documentation through the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association. You will find the summary of steps in this process by clicking here.

National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS)


What documents will I need for NNAS?


The NNAS application process will produce an Advisory Report that includes an evaluation of your education according to approved Canadian standards and compares your education to current Canadian nursing requirements. Please review the required documentation on the NNAS website.

What’s included in the NNAS Advisory Report?

It contains the following:

1. An evaluation of your education, according to Canadian nursing entrance to practise requirements and standards.

2. Background information about your schools and dates you attended.

3. Verifications of your licence/registration and credential sources.

4. Your employment history.

5. Evidence of English language proficiency.

How long does it take to get an Advisory Report? 

NNAS issues the Advisory Report approximately two months after your file is complete. A file is complete when these documents have been sent to NNAS:

1. Your application.

2. Any required fees.

3. All required documents (See NNAS Instruction Handbook).

4. Any document translations, if applicable.

5. Any language proficiency test results, if applicable.

What do I do if I applied with SRNA before June 27, 2014 and want my file closed so I can apply with NNAS?

SRNA requires a dated and signed letter stating the reason you are requesting closure of your file and the date you would like the closure to be effective.

Saskatchewan Registered Nursing Association (SRNA)


What are SRNA requirements for registration and licensure?


To practice nursing in Saskatchewan, you must be registered and licenced to practice registered nursing with the SRNA. Only if you have a licence to practice nursing can you call yourself, or be employed as, a "nurse", "registered nurse", "graduate nurse", "registered nurse (nurse practitioner)" or "registered nurse (graduate nurse practitioner)".

Requirements for Registration in Saskatchewan

Education: Graduation from a basic registered nurse nursing education program at a post-secondary level that included theoretical and clinical experience across the health continuum and includes providing care to clients of all ages, genders in a variety of health settings.

Registration where Educated: You must have been registered in good standing in the jurisdiction where you completed your registered nursing education program.

•This means you must provide evidence of registration (verification) in the jurisdiction where you completed your nursing education program. The verification must indicate that you are not the subject of an investigation or any practice limitations, restrictions or conditions in that jurisdiction which limits the practice of registered nursing.

Note: Applicants who wrote the June 2006 licensure examination in the Philippines must provide proof of having successfully completed the special examination, which was authorized by the Philippine Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE), Parts III (3) and V (5). If an applicant has not written the special examination or cannot provide proof of such, they are not considered to be eligible as an applicant for registration.

Registration in Good Standing: You must be registered in good standing in the jurisdiction where you initially  licensed and most recently worked as a registered nurse. This means you need verification indicating you were licensed and not the subject of an investigation or any practice limitations, restrictions or conditions, in that jurisdiction which limits the practice of registered nursing. 

Language Proficiency: English is the primary language used in health care in Saskatchewan.  We require that you are proficient in English to ensure safe nursing practice. 

•Test results must be valid within 6 months of the test date. 

•Acceptable English language test results must remain current throughout the application and exam process until RN licensure has been obtained.   See Acceptable English Tests.

Good Character: This means evidence that you have not been convicted of any criminal offence or a finding of guilt for any criminal offence under the Criminal Code (Canada), the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (Canada ), or any similar legislation in any province, territory, state or country or any offence in relation to the practice of nursing or any profession in any jurisdiction.

Employer Reference: a written employer reference is required, attesting to the applicant’s safe practice and compliance with the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics of the profession.

•Hours of Practice: In the last five years, in a recognized registered nurse role, you must have either:

•worked at least 1125 hours of nursing practice; or

•graduated from an approved nursing education program; or

•completed an approved nursing re-entry program (i.e. Saskatchewan Polytechnic Nursing Re-entry Program or equivalent).


When can I apply with SRNA?

You may begin your application process with SRNA after your NNAS assessment is complete and you have been issued an Advisory Report from NNAS. You will be able to apply with SRNA from your NNAS online account. 

How do I register with SRNA? 

Please create an account.
 
1. If the system does not navigate to the “My SRNA” page please click on the “My SRNA” tab. 

2.Submit your online IEN intent to apply and the required fee. We will open a file and collect your documentation. Please note that the SRNA has a no refund policy.

3. Access your online checklist by navigating to the "My SRNA" page and clicking on "My Checklist & Document Upload".
 
4. To submit your outstanding requirements select a document type from the drop down then choose a file from your computer and click the Upload button. If you don’t see a checklist or encounter difficulties navigating through the member website, please contact our office or send an email to international@srna.org and we will provide assistance.

5.Once you upload documents related to your application, please email to the address above to let us know that you have completed the process. 
 
What is the process? 

For a process chart or more information on the application process please visit our website at www.srna.org. Once we have received your documentation and your application has been approved, we will share the applications for the national Registered Nursing licensure exam and a graduate nurse licence.
 
How long will it take for an assessment with SRNA?

You will have 12 months from the date an account is created with SRNA and fees are paid to complete the process. If documents are not received within 12 months the application will expire and you must reapply. There may be a case-by-case review of extenuating circumstances to extend this time period, based on a written request to SRNA.

If you are referred for a Substantially Equivalent Competency (SEC) assessment, you will have 12 months to submit an additional assessment fee, book the SEC with the Saskatchewan Polytechnic and complete the assessment. 

To be fair and equitable to all applicants, each application is assessed individually. The time required to establish registration could vary significantly from applicant to applicant. Time depends on a number of factors including when documents are received, processing times, volume and availability of the SEC assessment and required coursework. 

SRNA cannot fast track applications from individuals who have secured jobs in Saskatchewan. 
 
We strongly encourage that you do not move to Saskatchewan or commit to an employment start date until your application for SRNA registration has been assessed and you are aware of the requirements you must meet to become registered.

What documents will I need for SRNA?

Consent to Obtain Employer Verification
RN Employment/Education History

Will SRNA send copies of my transcripts and application to a third party if I make the request?

No. SRNA will provide status updates only to third parties with documentation of a third party on your file. 

Will SRNA permit third parties, such as recruitment firms, to submit my application? 

No. Submission of your documents by third parties is not permitted.

What do I do if I applied with SRNA before June 27, 2014 and want my file closed so I can apply with NNAS?

SRNA requires a dated and signed letter stating the reason you are requesting closure of your file and the date you would like the closure to be effective. 

Why do I need a criminal record check and where can I get one?

You must provide a criminal record check to be eligible to work in Canada. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) processes criminal record checks. Please review the information at rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cr-cj/index-eng.htm

While the SRNA does not currently require a criminal reference check, Canadian immigration officials do.

How much does it cost?

You will be required to pay a number of fees related to assessment of your qualifications, fact checking and testing. Please see the fee schedule posted on the SRNA website.

How many hours of nursing practice are required for registration? 

A nurse must have completed one of the following in the five-year period immediately preceding the registration year for which registration is sought:

• At least 1125 hours of work in nursing activities approved by the SRNA.
• An approved basic nursing education program.
• An approved RN re-entry program.

 

National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN®)

What areas of knowledge are tested in the licensure exam? Is it an online exam or do I need to write it in person? 

The NCLEX-RN® is administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) and is delivered by Pearson VUE. The SRNA provides you with the eligibility to write the NCLEX-RN® and will grant registration and licensure to practice as a RN in Saskatchewan. 

SRNA strongly encourages you to review information about the NCLEX-RN® available on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) website at www.ncsbn.org. Information includes the examination blueprint to guide you in your preparation for writing the exam. 

Where do I find information about writing the NCLEX-RN® exam for the first time?

You may apply for the exam only after you receive a decision letter (letter of eligibility) from SRNA indicating that you are eligible to apply for the exam. When you receive that decision letter, SRNA will share the applications for the NCLEX-RN® and Graduate Nurse (GN) licence. 

An overview of application processes for SRNA candidates who are writing the NCLEX-RN® for the first time is available at: https://www.srna.bz/how-to-apply/exams/nclex

The site also includes information for IENs who have already written the NCLEX-RN®.

If I have written the NCLEX-RN® examination, are you going to accept it? 
SRNA recognizes all passing NCLEX-RN® results back to 1982. If you have already passed the NCLEX-RN®, you will not be required to take the exam again. 

If you have previously submitted your result to the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS), you do not have to re-submit your results to SRNA. 

When will I hear the results? 

NCLEX-RN® results are issued from SRNA within six weeks. 

Is this the only exam I need to complete?

Passing the registration exam is only one requirement for registration and licensure.  Meeting this requirement alone does not enable you to practice in Saskatchewan. 

Additional information may be found on our Member website at:
https://www.srna.bz/how-to-apply/exams/nclex


What are the next steps after I pass my exam?

You will need to apply and submit your fee in order to be made eligible for RN licensure in Saskatchewan. 

Employment

Will the SRNA help me find a job? Is there a job website for nurses seeking employment?

The SRNA does not help registered nurses find employment. Please review vacancies at http://www.healthcareersinsask.ca/work/opportunities/ orhttp://www.eluta.ca/Nurse-jobs-in-Saskatchewan. Another job site with openings for registered nurses is http://www.saskjobs.ca/jsp/joborder/listing.jsp?filter_by=2&noc_skill_type=3   

SRNA cannot fast track applications from individuals who have secured jobs in Saskatchewan.

We strongly encourage that you do not move to Saskatchewan or commit to an employment start date until your application for SRNA registration has been assessed and you are aware of the requirements you must meet to become registered.  Do I need a work visa to work in Saskatchewan? How do I get one and how long does it take?

Although registered nurses are listed as a priority occupation under Canada’s Federal Skilled Workers Program, you must apply for a visa through Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

It is important to note that you must have a valid job offer and apply for a work permit before you can legally work in Saskatchewan. 

Contact information:


NNAS 

www.nnas.ca 

Phone toll free: (855) 977-1898
Email: support@nnas.ca

Mailing Address:
National Nursing Assessment Service 
Post Office Box 8658 
Philadelphia, PA 19101-8658, USA

Courier Address:    
National Nursing Assessment Service 
3600 Market Street, Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2651, USA

SRNA 
www.srna.org

Phone toll free in Canada and the U.S.: 1-800-667-9945
Email: international@srna.org

Mailing Address:
2066 Retallack St. 
Regina, SK.
S4T 7X5