New Graduates

In order to practise as a registered nurse (RN) in New Brunswick, you must be registered with the Nurses Association of New Brunswick (NANB). It is illegal to practise as a registered nurse without a valid NANB registration. 

To qualify for registration as an RN, you must meet the registration requirements set out in NANB’s bylaws and rules.   

Submit your Application

  1. Complete the NANB online Application for Registration form. 

     

  2. Pay the NANB processing fee byVisa, MasterCard, or Debit online (through the online form).
     
  3. Submit proof of your legal name: birth certificate, passport, or driver’s license.  If any of your supporting documents are in another name, you need to provide proof of your name change (e.g. marriage certificate, or name change certificate).
     
  4. Submit a current criminal record check through CSI Screening. Log on to www.csiscreening.com, complete the Canadian Criminal Record Check and indicate “NANB” as the company. Criminal record checks are valid for 6 months from the date of issue.
     
  5. Complete the Jurisprudence module found under your “My Profile” account on the NANB website. You will need to complete the module before being eligible to receive a temporary registration and work as a graduate nurse.
     
  6. Arrange for your nursing school to send the following documents directly to nanbregistration@nanb.nb.ca:
    a) Confirmation that you have successfully completed the nursing program (if you are applying before your official graduation date);
    b) Official transcript

Testing Accommodation

If you have a medical or physical condition or disability that requires an accommodation to write the exam, you must notify NANB as soon as possible.  

The following forms are required to request an accommodation:

Write the Registration Examination

1. Once you have submitted the required documents and NANB has received confirmation that you have completed an approved nursing education program, you will be deemed eligible to write the registration examination (NCLEX);

2. NANB will send you an email confirming your eligibility to write the exam;

3. Register and create a web account with Pearson VUE at www.pearsonvue.com and pay the exam fee;

4. NANB advises Pearson VUE of your eligibility to take the NCLEX; if you have requested an accommodation, all of your documents must be received and your request approved before NANB will confirm your eligibility with Pearson Vue;

5. Pearson Vue will send you an email confirming your authorization to test (ATT) and providing instructions about how to schedule an appointment online to take the NCLEX;

6. Schedule an appointment to take the exam. If you have been approved for accommodations, you must call the Pearson Vue to schedule your appointment;

7. NANB will receive exam results from Pearson Vue.You will be notified by email about your examination results within 1-5 business days after you write the exam. Although most applicants will receive exam results on the next business day, Pearson Vue sometimes holds exam results for up to 5 business days for review.  

NCLEX Dates

The NCLEX will be offered in Fredericton on:

May 27 – June 19, 2021
August 18 -September 2, 2021
October 20-26, 2021

The NCLEX is available at other writing centers outside of the province on an ongoing basis.

Temporary Registration

Applicants who have been deemed eligible to write the NCLEX have the option to apply for a temporary registration permit (TRP). The TRP permits you to practise as a graduate nurse (GN), with restrictions, while you wait to write and pass the NCLEX. 

It is illegal to practise nursing without a valid registration in New Brunswick. You must have Temporary registration to begin orientation and/or work as a graduate nurse.

TRPs are issued for periods of six months providing that:

1. The application for TRP is completed and fee remitted to NANB;

2. The applicant is scheduled to write the NCLEX within the following six-months;

3. The applicant applies for the TRP within 12 months from the date that the nursing program was completed.

TRPs may be extended for six-month periods (to a maximum of 24 months), providing that:

1. The application for TRP is completed and fee remitted to NANB;

2. Applicant has written the NCLEX at least once during the previous six-month period; and

3. The applicant is scheduled to write the NCLEX within the following six months.

NANB initial TRP processing fee (X1) $57.50
NANB 6 months TRP fee (renewable every 6 months) $50 + HST ($57.50 per 6-month TRP)
NCLEX exam fee $360.00 + HST (paid to Pearson VUE)
NANB registration fee Fee Schedule

Pass the NCLEX

Once you pass the NCLEX, NANB will provide you with instructions about how to complete your registration. You must provide any missing documents (for example official transcripts or updated criminal record check) and pay the registration fee. 

You may not practice as a registered nurse or use the RN title until you have received confirmation from NANB that you are registered. 

Summary of Application Process