CNPS – CNPS membership approves bylaw change to expand CNPS services to all nurses

CNPS membership approves bylaw change to expand CNPS services to all nurses


Ottawa, June 2018 - 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 now be eligible to access CNPS core services.

This change is in keeping with current changes in the nursing profession. This year, in two provinces, nursing regulators are in the process of creating a single regulatory body for all nursing professions in the province. The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) also decided to welcome licensed/registered practical nurses (LPNs) and registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs) to its membership.

“We are pleased the CNPS member organizations have overwhelmingly supported this bylaw change,” said CNPS President Mary Ellen Gurnham. “Licensed and registered practical nurses and registered psychiatric nurses will now be eligible to apply for CNPS services to have access to the necessary legal support, professional liability protection and to help them effectively manage risk in their nursing practice. This is a positive change which will support all nurses in Canada and advance safe care.”

It is expected that licensed/registered practical nurses (LPNs) and registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs) will be able to apply for CNPS services at the next registration cycle, in time to access CNPS services beginning January 2019.

“The nursing landscape is changing and there is a growing trend among nursing and health-care professionals for greater intra-professional collaboration,” said Chantal Leonard, CEO of the CNPS. “The CNPS was created ‘by nurses, for nurses’ in 1988, so we are pleased to welcome LPNs and RPNs across Canada to the CNPS community, which is over 130,000 nurses strong and growing.” 

CNPS beneficiary nurses are welcome to share their questions or comments with us at any time at comments@cnps.ca.

 

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