The CNPS is pleased to issue a written confirmation that you are eligible for its professional liability protection (PLP) when this is requested by your employer or another third party where or for whom you are providing professional nursing services. Please submit a request by completing the form below.
- The written confirmation will be addressed to the third party (employer or other organization who requested it) and sent directly to you so that you may remit it to that third party organization. It is generally issued within 3 business days from the date of the submission of the request.
- If you are requesting a PLP confirmation for the first time or for a new practice setting, we will contact you to arrange a risk management consultation.
- The fact that you have been asked to provide this written confirmation is a strong indication that if a complaint or an adverse event occurs, you will be asked to address the consequences personally. While we provide our beneficiaries with legal support, legal or regulatory proceedings are generally considered to be a stressful experience for most professionals.
There are easy steps that you can take now to significantly reduce the potential for negative professional consequences and the stress of legal proceedings:
- Ask the organization who requested the written confirmation of PLP to let you know without delay if there should ever be a complaint in relation to your care. Adequately addressing an internal complaint can significantly reduce the risk that it will escalate to a legal proceeding or a more formal complaint to your nursing regulator and can put you in the best position to address a more formal complaint or legal proceeding, if it occurs. Contact the CNPS if you are made aware that concerns have been raised about your care so that we can assist you to constructively respond to these concerns.
- Collaborate fully with the CNPS risk management consultation. If you are requesting a PLP confirmation for the first time or for a new practice setting, we will arrange a call with you to understand your circumstances, share with you the most frequent risks associated with your area of practice or practice environment, and suggest additional measures you might consider to protect your professional or business interests.
- If you are presented with a contract in relation to the provision of professional nursing services, request a legal review from the CNPS in advance of signing the contract. We will review the contract for you at no additional cost to help you identify content that may be inconsistent with your professional obligations or may increase your legal risks beyond what the law would normally contemplate. This is particularly important because the CNPS will generally not extend its protection to commitments that you have made that extend your responsibility beyond what the law would normally contemplate. In other words, you may be personally responsible to cover costs incurred if, in signing an agreement, you accept financial responsibility in circumstances that would not normally fall under your legal responsibility.
- Ensure that you have reliable record-keeping practices that meet the legal and regulatory requirements. Any questions about record-keeping? Call us at 1-800-267-3390 or contact us via this form.