Chief Executive Officer and Registrar, Nova Scotia College of Nursing

Nova Scotia


With a purpose to protect the public by promoting safe nursing practice, the Nova Scotia College of Nursing (NSCN) is the regulatory body for approximately 16,000 professionals who are licensed to practice nursing in the province. NSCN regulates licensed practical nurses (LPNs), registered nurses (RNs) and nurse practitioners (NPs). Their work helps Nova Scotians place their full confidence in the nurses who care for them, their families, and their communities.

The Nova Scotia College of Nursing is seeking an outstanding leader to lead NSCN and successfully fulfil the strategic plan as a result of the retirement of the current CEO & Registrar in June 2024. Responsible for enhancing the ways in which the public is protected through nursing regulation, the CEO & Registrar will provide sound stewardship of NSCN, work closely with a skilled team to deliver and foster pioneering strategies and best practices in regulatory and administrative operations. The CEO & Registrar will report to, and act as the primary resource to the NSCN Board, navigate the constantly changing regulatory environment and demands of the health system, while protecting and fostering NSCN’s reputation as a well-respected regulatory leader. Building trusted and respectful relationships with stakeholders, including members of the public, government, health system partners, registrants, the Board, staff, and other key stakeholders will be essential for success.

As the ideal candidate, you are an advocate for safe, competent, and ethical nursing practice in the public interest. You have a relevant post-graduate degree and/or commensurate experience. With a working knowledge of the new Nursing Act, and other relevant legislation and regulations, you understand the application of regulation and the standards of practice for nursing and keep abreast of emerging changes in the broader policy and legislative environment as it impacts nursing regulation. You are known as an accomplished senior leader who models excellence, respect, and trust. You champion equity, diversity, and inclusion. Leveraging superior communication skills, you establish strong relationships with diverse stakeholder communities and government, and thrive in complex, changing environments, embracing challenges, and striving for positive growth. You have progressive experience in governance and can implement operational efficiencies that support the modernization of healthcare regulation.

Applications are encouraged immediately and should be submitted online below. For more information, please contact Sarah Shaikh of Odgers Berndtson at We thank all those who express an interest, however only those chosen for further development will be contacted.

The Nova Scotia College of Nursing is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessible Canada Act, 2019 and all applicable provincial accessibility standards, upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and NSCN throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.

Odgers Berndtson is deeply committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in all the work that we do. As part of our efforts to better understand our ability to reach as broad a pool of candidates as possible for our searches, our DEI team would like to encourage you to take a moment and access our Self-Declaration Form.

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