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The College and Association of Nurses of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut was created by and operates in accordance with provisions of the Nursing Profession Act of the NWT and the Nursing Profession Act of Nunavut.

Our dual mandate is to protect the public and promote a sustainable future for nurses in the North. 

Dear Registrants,

Important Announcement: Smooth Renewal Process for All Categories! 

We would like to inform you that the renewal process for Registered Nurses (RNs), Nurse Practitioners (NPs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), and Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) is now running smoothly.

In response to your valuable feedback, we’re also extending the renewal period from October 16th to December 22nd, giving you more time to complete the process. Please take note that from December 23rd to 31st, a late fee will be applicable, and renewals during this period are not guaranteed to be approved before January 1st.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience throughout this process. We look forward to continuing to serve you effectively.

Farewell for Colleen Bytheway and a Warm Welcome Back for Denise Bowen!

We bid a fond farewell to Colleen Bytheway, recognizing her exceptional tenure as a pivotal figure at CANNN. Her steadfast leadership as Executive Director has been instrumental in propelling our organization forward. With heartfelt appreciation, we extend our best wishes to Colleen as she ventures into new endeavors. Her time with CANNN remains an integral part of our journey.

We are also delighted to welcome Denise Bowen back to CANNN in the role of Interim Executive Director. 

DUTY TO REPORT (Bylaw 5; Section 4 Mandatory Reporting)

Unprofessional conduct includes any act or omission that violates our Code of Ethics or the Standards of Practice for Registered Nurses or Nurse Practitioners.  

A nurse who is aware of unprofessional conduct of another member must file a report with the ED of CANNN: https://cannn.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/How-to-Submit-a-Complain-Formal-Complaint-Form_.pdf

Failure to abide by the above sections may result in a complaint of unprofessional conduct.

REGISTRATION VIOLATIONS (Registration Violation Policy R7)

Employers hiring a nurse for any type of nursing work (administrative, education, research etc.) must ensure nurses are registered using our the link on our home page: https://cannn.ca.thentiacloud.net/webs/rnantnu/register/

If you are aware of unregistered practice, please report it: How-to-Submit-a-Complain-Formal-Complaint-Form_.pdf (rnantnu.ca)


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Important Notice Streamlined Licensing Process for Nurses This Fall

We recognize that our process for issuing nursing licenses is a big change for nurses this fall and acknowledge that this unfortunately, coincides with external events outside of our control. 
Allowing employers to reimburse nurses directly for licenses to support recruitment and retention in the north, will facilitate sound and sustainable accounting practices for both CANNN and employers, and ensure nurses have legal and valid licenses to practice.

A Grateful Acknowledgment to Our Dedicated Nurses

In the face of significant challenges during the evacuation period, your dedication and professionalism have been truly commendable. Your selfless efforts and unwavering commitment to providing quality care have not gone unnoticed.

Your expertise and tireless work have been a source of stability and reassurance during this critical time. Your contributions have made a profound impact on the well-being of those you serve. We extend our deepest gratitude for your exceptional service. Your actions exemplify the highest standards of nursing practice, and we are grateful for your unwavering dedication.

Thank you for your invaluable contributions.



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Any person can submit a complaint about a registered nurse or nurse practitioner’s practice or behaviour, including patients, the public, employers, other nurses, and healthcare providers.

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