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Expanding Access to CNPS Services

The Canadian Nurses Protective Society has been providing professional liability protection and risk management services to registered nurses and nurse practitioners in Canada since 1988. During those 30 years, the CNPS has observed significant changes to the nursing profession. Scopes of practice have expanded, resulting in greater challenges and opportunities for all nurses. Within this changing paradigm is a growing wish in some jurisdictions to unite nursing professions under one regulatory body or one Association, in recognition that the nursing voice is stronger and nursing contributions can be best harmonized when nursing professions work together.

Over the years, the CNPS has been responsive to the changing nursing landscape. Our scope of services has grown to include creating access for individual nurses to become CNPS beneficiaries, increasing assistance with criminal matters related to the nursing practice, and offering optional supplementary protection to assist with regulatory complaints.

As the nursing landscape continues to change, the needs of nursing professionals for specialized, high-quality legal advice and assistance continue to grow. In light of the increasing requests for access to CNPS services from nurses of different professional designations and the greater integration of nursing regulatory bodies, the CNPS Board of Directors examined the possible expansion of professional liability protection and risk management services to other nursing professions, an initiative consistent with our mission and desire to be responsive to the needs of all nurses. As a result, the CNPS Board of Directors recommended proposed bylaw changes that would make CNPS services accessible to licensed practical nurses, registered practical nurses and registered psychiatric nurses.

As a CNPS beneficiary, you remain at the forefront of this initiative. The proposed changes preserve the longstanding access of existing CNPS beneficiaries to CNPS services. If the membership grows, you will be able to continue to benefit from the same responsive and specialized services you have come to expect as a CNPS beneficiary. This proposed expansion also presents an opportunity for enhanced fee stability and the ability to build a common understanding of risk management practices across nursing professions that could contribute to a safer practice environment.

The CNPS member organizations will vote on this motion at the annual general meeting on June 19, 2018. CNPS beneficiary nurses are welcome to contact us with questions or share their comments with us at any time at comments@cnps.ca.


Published May 2018

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