Support for Internationally Educated Healthcare Professionals
Note to international nurses: Nova Scotia Health is not working with any international nurse recruitment agency or person offering expedited licensing or employment pathway into Nova Scotia Health for an additional fee. Please know that you are working directly with us and there are no charges or fees to be paid to any external agencies or person.
Recently licensed? Come work with us!
Have you received a license from the Nova Scotia College of Nursing, but are unsure of what comes next?
Visit the links below to view opportunities to work as a newly licensed nurse within our healthcare system.
Welcome to Nova Scotia!
Are you an internationally educated health care worker looking to practice in Nova Scotia? There may be a great career already waiting for you!
Nova Scotia Health is recruiting internationally educated professionals with healthcare backgrounds for many roles. If you are interested, our team is standing by to help you start the process.
Effective May 1, 2023, the Nova Scotia College of Nursing will implement a new approach to registration and licensing that will increase licensure of nurses with international credentials, reduce administrative requirements, and align with ongoing initiatives of health care partners. This new approach will:
- Enable nurses licensed in good standing in a Canadian jurisdiction to obtain licensure in Nova Scotia within 24 hours, compared to the current timeline of five days
- Enable international nurses in good standing from Australia, India, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, UK and the USA, to apply directly to NSCN, reducing the application process from over a year to a matter of weeks.
We want to ensure you find your perfect opportunity. Please complete our intake survey here.
By completing our intake survey, we will be able to review your file and provide you with information about the next steps in your journey. You will also automatically be subscribed to our newsletter upon completion of the survey.
You can also subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
To learn more about the NICHE Program, survey process and IEN pathways, please watch our video.
Navigation & Supports
As a newcomer to our province, it can be difficult to navigate all the areas necessary to help you find your ideal opportunity.
We work with our system partners to help you get started. Our teams are here to help you navigate:
• obtaining professional licensing in Nova Scotia
• positions that match your skills and interests
• orientation and relocation information if you are new or outside of Nova Scotia
• accessing language supports
About Niche – Contact
Our efforts to integrate internationally educated health care workers into communities and the health system fall within Nova Scotia’s International Community of Health Workers Engagement (NICHE) Program. Through this program, Nova Scotia Health, in collaboration with our partners, is developing pathways for the recruitment and retention of internationally educated health professionals to improve access to care in Nova Scotia. Positioned within Nova Scotia Health’s Innovation Hub, the objectives of the NICHE program are to:
- Create recruitment, immigration, settlement, and licensure pathways for internationally educated health care workers who are looking to practice in Nova Scotia.
- Deliver education, training, and supervision to recruited professionals across various pathways;
- Prepare communities and the health system for the successful integration of recruited healthcare professionals and their families; and
- Provide comprehensive settlement and transition-to-practice support to recruited professionals and their families.
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