The Canadian Nurses Protective Society provides legal advice, risk management services, legal assistance and professional liability protection related to nursing practice to over 150,000 eligible Canadian nurses across all Canadian provinces and territories. A non-profit legal support system created by nurses for nurses, the CNPS is specifically tailored to meet the professional liability needs of nurses in all professional nursing roles.
A Lifetime Investment
CNPS professional liability protection is occurrence-based, which means nurses can seek assistance from the CNPS regarding legal proceedings arising from professional nursing services rendered while they were CNPS beneficiaries, regardless of when a claim resulting from this incident is made or a legal proceeding is commenced. Beneficiaries therefore remain eligible through retirement for assistance with incidents that took place while they were CNPS beneficiaries.
CNPS protection extends to decisions that rest on the exercise of professional nursing judgment, whether made in the context of providing care, managing the provision of care, or providing research or volunteer services.
CNPS offers discretionary assistance – a unique and flexible approach to providing professional liability protection, modeled on the professional liability protection relied upon by Canadian physicians for more than a hundred years. The CNPS is not an insurance company. It considers each request for assistance on an individual basis. This allows the CNPS to effectively provide professional liability protection and respond to a wide range of other circumstances, including, but not limited to, the legal circumstances listed above. Requests for legal representation will be considered on a case-by-case basis by a committee of nurses to determine eligibility for assistance as well as the appropriate level of assistance.