Government of New Brunswick


Registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and personal support workers are in high demand in New Brunswick, with employment opportunities in either official language (English or French). It is a priority of the Province of New Brunswick to attract, support and retain these valuable health-care professionals. The Province is also working closely with a variety of employers in New Brunswick to fill job vacancies in nursing.

The process for an internationally educated nurse (IEN) to become licensed to practice as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) or a registered nurse (RN) in New Brunswick can take between 12 and 24 months.

New Brunswick’s IEN Navigation Service provides customized, client-centred service to IENs at no cost to the candidate. The service assists candidates with key barriers they might experience during the process to licensure, offering guidance surrounding:

  • The National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS);
  • Provincial entry-to-practice competency assessments;
  • Bridging programs available in the province; and
  • Provincial regulatory bodies.


In partnership with the Government of Canada, the Province of New Brunswick is engaging with qualifying IEN candidates in a short-term project. The project is designed to support candidates referred by the IEN navigator, through the foreign credential recognition process of having their education and work experience assessed for eventual licensure and employment as either an LPN or an RN in New Brunswick. The IEN pilot project assists those IENs who become pilot participants in two key areas:


The pilot project assists IENs with finding employment opportunities in New Brunswick’s long-term care industry. It also helps currently employed IENs not yet engaged in the bridging process to reach their highest scope of practice within the nursing field. During the process, participants may work as personal support workers, resident attendants, or home support workers, with the goal of transitioning to either LPN or RN employment.

Funding Support:

Participants are eligible for financial assistance towards most costs associated with the pre-bridging assessment of foreign credentials. This funding can be applied toward the cost of:

  • The National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS);
  • Language testing;
  • Entry-to-practice competency assessments, including on-site and travel-related expenses such as meals and accommodations; and
  • Regulatory board application fees.


The IEN pilot project endeavours to benefit all involved:

The province

The IEN pilot project is helping to grow the workforce for the long-term care sector and to encourage continued population growth in New Brunswick.

The sector

The IEN pilot project is helping the health-care sector to have highly trained IENs employed while undergoing bridging courses, creating the opportunity to increase retention within the sector by securing longer-term employees in regulated nursing positions.


The IEN pilot project is helping employers in the long-term care industry to have highly trained IENs employed while undergoing bridging courses.

If you are a New Brunswick employer who would like to learn more about hiring IENs or about supporting existing IEN employees as part of this pilot project, please contact the Population Growth Division’s workforce attraction team at or call us at 1-506-453-3981.


The IEN pilot project helps participants to develop an early connection to the province, to their community, and to the healthcare system by providing support toward obtaining work at the maximum scope of practice within the nursing field. If you are an IEN who would like to learn more about this project and whether you might qualify, please register for one of our upcoming information sessions.