A New Pathway for Internationally Educated Nurses to Become Licensed Practical Nurses at Shannex

With more than 35 years as a trusted provider of quality accommodations, services and care to seniors, Shannex is built on a foundation of Great People and exceptional service. As the need for seniors’ living options continues to grow, we are working to welcome more front-line team members to a meaningful career with our organization. 

Shannex is fortunate to have many Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) currently working in various roles in our Enhanced Care and Retirement Living communities. Our new in-house program is designed to prepare Internationally Educated Nurses who may or may not already work at Shannex, to be Licensed Practical Nurses in one of our communities.

About the Program

The Shannex Enhanced LPN Orientation Program is an innovative and supportive process that allows Internationally Educated Nurses to confidently transition into LPN practice at Shannex. The program will be delivered at a newly designed and developed healthcare learning space in West Bedford. Each cohort can accommodate 16 nurses as they participate in a six-week, in-person comprehensive nursing refresher, with a focus on caring for the aging adult at Shannex. By the end of the program, participants will provide safe, competent, ethical, and compassionate nursing care according to Shannex’s policies and standards of practice.

Shannex’s Learning and Development team will facilitate in-person learning and provide ongoing support to nurses as they transition into practice. We are now accepting applications for our next cohorts scheduled to start in September and November.

Program Topics

  • An Introduction to Shannex
  • Professional Nursing Practice and Communication
  • Leadership
  • Gerontological Considerations
  • Review of Nursing Assessments and Interventions
  • Risk Management
  • Medication Management at Shannex
  • Review of Clinical Skills

Working at Shannex

At Shannex, you’ll find a supportive team and an environment where meaningful connections and conversations always await. Here are a few words from valued members of our team:

Learn more about Eallaine’s story here

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Interested? Apply now!

We are excited to welcome applications for each cohort of this program, in September and November. Each cohort covers the same material. Please select the date that works best for you.

Applications for our September 9th cohort:

Applications for our November 4th cohort:

Team members and participants during the June cohort.

Frequently Asked Questions

What qualifications do I need to apply?

You must have obtained a conditional Licensed Practical Nurse license from the Nova Scotia College of Nurses by the time the program starts. After the program completion, you must be able to accept a role as a full-time Licensed Practical Nurse with Shannex in the Halifax Regional Municipality.

For more information on Conditional Licensure, please visit the NSCN website.

How will my compensation change?

Participants in the program are hired by Shannex as full-time conditionally-licensed Licensed Practical Nurses and are paid the rate for that role at the facility they will be assigned to after their enhanced orientation is completedOnce the nurse becomes fully licensed (conditions removed by the NSCN) they will be placed on the Licensed Practical Nurse wage scale for that community based on their years of experience.  

Is there a return in service requirement?

YesCandidates hired under the terms of this program must complete two (2) years of service with Shannex as a full-time Licensed Practical Nurse. 

If I live outside of Halifax, will you cover my expenses?

The Health Association of Nova Scotia (HANS) offers a relocation funding program for eligible employees. To qualify, employees must have commenced employment as specified in their offer letter and have relocated a distance of more than 100 kilometers. If you meet these criteria, we will submit a nomination on your behalf and HANS will contact you directly.


I am a Shannex employee and I have questions, who can I contact?

Please connect with Dazzelyn Zapata at dzapata@shannex.com for more information. 

Is this program available to Internationally Educated Nurses who do not already work for Shannex?

Yes! If you’re interested in pursuing a career as a Licensed Practical Nurse with Shannex and are eligible for a conditional practical nurse license in Nova Scotia, we invite you to apply for a role with us.

Please contact Ron Garcia at rgarcia@shannex.com if you have any questions.