Information for New Graduates

General Information for New Graduates

The Yukon does not have a school of nursing for Registered Nurses or Nurse Practitioners. All RNs or NPs in the Yukon have obtained their nursing education in another jurisdiction.

The YRNA operates under the Registered Nurse Profession Act (2002) and as such, we do not have a 'GN' or 'GNP' title for graduate nurses while they are waiting to complete their entry to practice exam. 

It is possible for a ‘new grad’ to obtain a Temporary Permit to work in the Yukon while awaiting the writing and results of the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination). To register in the Yukon, in addition to completing the Application for Registration and providing the the necessary ID copies, new RN graduates are required to provide evidence that they are eligible to complete registration in the province/territory of graduation, pending a passing grade on the NCLEX. A Request for Confirmation of Interim Status form can be completed in part by the new grad and forwarded to the nursing association in their jurisdiction of graduation to ensure this information is provided to YRNA.

For new NP graduates, please contact the office regarding your entry practice exam as this can vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. 

‘New Grads’ should be aware that it is a requirement that you complete the registration process or demonstrate that you are eligible for full RN or NP registration in the jurisdiction where you took your education before your Yukon Temporary Permit can be upgraded to practising registration status. For more information on this, please contact the YRNA office by phone (867-667-4062) or e-mail  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Please click her for a printable version of the New Graduate Information Sheet

Employment Opportunities for New Graduates

The Yukon offers many mentorship opportunities for new RN graduates. Living and nursing in the Yukon can offer great opportunities to build on skills and training offered in nursing education programs and develop a greater understanding of the possibilities of the RN or NP role. The territory has a variety of openings for various nursing positions. 

For nursing positions with Yukon Government, Health & Social Services please visit http://www.hss.gov.yk.ca/nurses.php

For nursing positions with the Yukon Hospital Corporation, please visit https://yukonhospitals.ca/yukon-hospital-corporation/careers/career-opportunities

Funding Opportunities for Nursing Education

The Department of Health and Social Services, Yukon Government offers a nursing bursary fund to individuals interested in nursing education. More information on this funding opportunity is at http://www.hss.gov.yk.ca/nursingbursary.php

The YRNA also offers funding for new graduates seeking financial assistance related to the cost of entry practice exams. The applicant must be a member with the YRNA in order to qualify. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information regarding financial assistance with exams. 

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Yukon Registered Nurses Association
Suite 204, 4133 4th Avenue
Whitehorse, YT, Y1A 1H8
Phone: 867-667-4062
Fax: 867-668-5123
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