The Canadian Nurses Protective Society
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The Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS®) is a not-for-profit society that offers legal advice, risk-management services, legal assistance and professional liability protection related to nursing practice in Canada to more than 130,000 eligible nurses.
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Ontario Nurses: Registration Time is Here!

Have you met your professional liability protection (PLP) requirement? The mandate of the CNPS is to serve as a source of comprehensive PLP and legal support for its beneficiaries.


The CNPS provides comprehensive legal support to help nurses navigate the broad range of legal issues that can arise in their practice.


CNPS beneficiaries can also apply for optional Supplementary Protection, to be eligible for assistance in the event of a complaint to their nursing regulator. It includes up to $50,000 of coverage if the complaint results in a referral to a disciplinary hearing.


Registered Practical Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses, welcome! In response to growing demand, the CNPS bylaws were recently amended to make CNPS accessible to members of all nursing professions. For the first time, you can also apply to become CNPS beneficiaries, effective January 1, 2019.


Featured News

LPNs and RPNs across Canada can now register online for CNPS services
November 7, 2018 - Licensed/registered practical nurses (LPNs) and registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs) across Canada can now register to become beneficiaries of the Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS).  Read more...

The CNPS Welcomes Registered Psychiatric Nurses from British Columbia
Effective November 1, 2018, registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs) who are duly registered to practise with the newly formed British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) will become CNPS beneficiaries. Read more...

Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes: What Every Nurse Should Know
October 25, 2018 - The Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS) has prepared a comprehensive document for nurses regarding the new Cannabis Act and Cannabis Regulations. Read more...

Cannabis Critical Thinking Pathway for Nursing Practice
October 19, 2018 - The Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS) and the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) have developed a document for nurses regarding federal cannabis legalization. Read more...

RN Prescribing
September 2017 - This article addresses the regulatory framework for RN prescribing and considerations for reducing clinical and legal risks associated with prescribing medication.  Read more...

Medical Assistance in Dying: What Every Nurse Should Know
July 2016 - Nurses have always been central care providers in end-of-life care. Now that Bill C-14 has come into effect, what does this mean for nurses in Canada?  Read more...

Upcoming Webinars and Events


January 9, 2019 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST (Replay with live Q&A)

Documenting patient encounters is both a legal and professional requirement to ensure safe patient care. Documentation can take a number of different forms depending upon your patient population and care setting. It can also serve a secondary purpose of supporting the care you provided for defence purposes.

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Independent practice

Independent Practice
January 16, 2019 12:00 - 1:00 PM EST

Are you hoping or planning on becoming self-employed? Do you already have an independent practice? Attend this webinar to understand the different legal considerations which may apply when working in independent practice.

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Legal considerations in Ind Practice

NP Series: Legal Considerations in Prescribing Controlled Drugs
January 22, 2019, 12:00 - 1:00 PM EST

Prescribing controlled drugs attracts greater legal liability. Find out how to manage this greater risk and learn how to protect yourself from civil claims and complaints arising from this aspect of your practice.

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About CNPS

Learn about CNPS: More than Liability Protection
February 7, 2019, 12:00 - 1:00 PM EST

Are you thinking about joining CNPS, or are you already a beneficiary and have questions about CNPS? The CNPS offers professional liability protection, education, risk management, and optional assistance with regulatory matters (College complaints). Attend this free webinar to learn more about CNPS’ comprehensive legal services related to nursing practice.

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Social media and technology

Social Media and Technology
February 13, 2019, 12:00 - 1:00 PM EST

An increasing number of nurses are using mobile devices and apps as tools to assist in daily clinical care. As well, the use of social media by nurses is growing. Learn more about the legal risks involved by attending this webinar.

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November 7, 2018
LPNs and RPNs across Canada can now register online for CNPS services  Read more...

November 1, 2018
The CNPS Welcomes Registered Psychiatric Nurses from British Columbia

October 25, 2018
Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes: What Every Nurse Should Know  Read more...

October 19, 2018
Cannabis Critical Thinking Pathway for Nursing Practice

October 2018
CNPS Privacy Code updated 

June 2018
CNPS membership approves bylaw change to expand CNPS services to all nurses  Read more...

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You can request written confirmation that you are eligible to receive CNPS' Professional Liability Protection.


Contact the CNPS at
or 1-800-267-3390

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