Who is Eligible


At the annual general meeting of the Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS) held on June 19th, the CNPS member organizations voted in favour of a bylaw change to expand access to CNPS services to nurses of all professional designations.

This bylaw change means that licensed/registered practical nurses (LPNs) and registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs) will be able to apply to access CNPS core services beginning in January 2019.

Nurses become eligible for CNPS core services, including professional liability protection, in one of two ways:

Nurses who are eligible for CNPS services and legal assistance are referred to as “beneficiaries” of the CNPS.

Province or territory Organizations whose members are CNPS beneficiaries
Who may join as a CNPS individual beneficiary
Alberta College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) LPNs and RPNs effective January 1, 2019
British Columbia RN, NP and ESN members of British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) [formerly College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC)]

RPN and ESPN members of British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) [formerly College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia (CRPNBC)] (effective November 1, 2018)
LPNs effective on or before January 1, 2019 
Manitoba Association of Registered Nurses of Manitoba (ARNM)* Nurses of all professional designations effective January 1, 2019 
New Brunswick Nurses Association of New Brunswick (NANB) LPNs effective January 1, 2019
Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador (ARNNL) LPNs effective January 1, 2019 
Northwest Territories and Nunavut Registered Nurses Association of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut (RNANT/NU) LPNs effective January 1, 2019
Nova Scotia College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (CRNNS) LPNs effective January 1, 2019
Ontario RNs and NPs who join as CNPS individual beneficiaries or CNPS protection purchased with CNA membership Nurses of all professional designations effective January 1, 2019
Prince Edward Island College of Registered Nurses of Prince Edward Island (CRNPEI) [formerly the Association of Registered Nurses of Prince Edward Island (ARNPEI)] LPNs effective January 1, 2019
Quebec RNs and NPs who join as CNPS individual beneficiaries or CNPS protection purchased with CNA membership Nurses of all professional designations effective January 1, 2019
Saskatchewan Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association (SRNA) LPNs and RPNs effective January 1, 2019
Yukon Yukon Registered Nurses Association (YRNA) LPNs and RPNs effective January 1, 2019

 

* Effective January 1, 2017, the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba (CRNM) transferred its CNPS membership to the Association of Registered Nurses of Manitoba (ARNM). RNs and NPs in Manitoba are required to be CNPS beneficiaries. Manitoba nurses may maintain their CNPS beneficiary status by joining the ARNM at the preferred CNPS member rate, or by becoming an individual beneficiary of the CNPS


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