Emergency Assignment Class

The Emergency Assignment Class comes into effect when the province declares an emergency and asks the College to register qualified nurses in the Emergency Assignment Class.

There is no fee to register in this class.

Registration Requirements

Applicants to the Emergency Assignment Class do not have to meet all the registration requirements. However, they must show the College they have:

  • completed an RN or RPN program (as appropriate) that at the time of completion was approved or recognized in the jurisdiction in which the program was taken
  • practised as an RN or RPN (as appropriate) within the three years before the date the applicant meets all other registration requirements
  • language proficiency in either English or French.

The College will provide details about how nurses can register in this class when it has been asked by the province to issue Emergency Assignment certificates.

Membership obligations

Use of protected titles

When practising nursing, members of the Emergency Assignment Class must identify themselves using the following titles:

  • “Registered Nurse (Emergency Assignment)” or “RN (Emerg. Assign.)” in the case of members registered as RNs
  • “Registered Practical Nurse (Emergency Assignment)” or “RPN (Emerg. Assign.)” in the case of members registered as RPNs.

Terms, conditions and limitations

Members in this class can practise nursing only within the scope of their Emergency Assignment certificates.

An Emergency Assignment membership expires after 60 days. If an emergency lasts longer than 60 days, then the College may extend a member’s registration an additional 60 days. Each extension can last no longer than 60 days.

Professional liability protection

All Emergency Assignment Class members must hold professional liability protection (PLP) as set out in the College by-laws. They must produce evidence of PLP whenever the College asks for it. 

Reporting requirements

Every Emergency Assignment Class member must tell the Executive Director about any of the following:

  • a finding of guilt in any jurisdiction relating to any offence
  • a charge in any jurisdiction relating to any offence
  • a finding of professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity or any similar finding, in relation to the practice of nursing or another profession in any jurisdiction
  • a current investigation, inquiry or proceeding for professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity, or any similar investigation or proceeding, in relation to the practice of nursing or another profession in any jurisdiction.

Also, the member must provide any information that is requested by the Executive Director under the authority of the Nursing Act, 1991, the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, regulations under those acts or College by-laws.

View the Terms, Conditions and Limitations for the Emergency Assignment Class

Page last reviewed December 03, 2015