Welcome BC Registered Psychiatric Nurses

The Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS) welcomes BC registered psychiatric nurses!

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As of November 1, 2018, registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs) duly registered to practise in British Columbia, including Interim registrants and Employed Student Psychiatric Nurses, are recognized as CNPS beneficiaries and are eligible for all core CNPS services, including its comprehensive professional liability protection.



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The Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS)

Who we are

The CNPS is a not-for-profit corporation created in 1988 by territorial and provincial nursing regulators and associations under the auspices of the Canadian Nurses Association. Its mandate is to provide legal advice and risk management services, professional liability protection, and legal assistance, on a discretionary basis, to eligible nurses practising in Canada. CNPS legal assistance includes assistance with a wide variety of legal proceedings and issues arising from nursing practice.

The CNPS was created by nurses for nurses. It serves as provider of professional liability protection to more than 130,000 nurses practising in all Canadian provinces and territories.

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What we do

  1. Services include occurrence-based professional liability protection and legal assistance. Legal proceedings can be commenced many years after the care was provided and the CNPS has therefore decided to not impose a time limit on its assistance. Accordingly, nurses continue to be eligible for CNPS professional liability protection for claims arising from care they provided while they were a beneficiary of the CNPS, irrespective of when the claim is commenced. For a list of circumstances and legal proceedings with which you may be eligible for assistance with the CNPS, see cnps.ca/services.

  2. We focus first on prevention: Preventing a legal event is more than speaking to you generally about potential sources of liability. It is about understanding how you work, the challenges you face, the most recent legal developments and making our legal resources available to you day-to-day in your practice. For this reason, CNPS legal advisors, who are lawyers, are available to provide you with on-demand legal advice relating to your nursing practice while you are a CNPS beneficiary.

  3. Decisions regarding the extent of assistance are determined on a case-by-case basis: It is impossible to predict all circumstances when you may need legal assistance. For that reason, the CNPS was specifically structured to provide assistance on a discretionary basis. This allows us to make decisions on the basis of the specific circumstances of each case, rather than on the strict inclusions and exclusions of a policy, and to best tailor the assistance to what you need.

  4. When you call for assistance or advice, you speak with a CNPS legal advisor. This means that it is appropriate for you to disclose confidential information because it will remain protected by solicitor-client privilege.

  5. The CNPS is in constant evolution: We actively monitor changes in the nursing and legal environments and adapt our services to best meet your needs.


You will find more information about CNPS services on our Beneficiary Services page.

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Keep in touch!

If your address, phone number or email address changes, please call us at 1-844-4MY-CNPS (1-844-469-2677) or email info@cnps.ca. This information is important to us.

Remember to visit www.cnps.ca for the latest CNPS news, education sessions, webinars, and publications.

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Calling the CNPS for advice

When you call 1-844-4MY-CNPS (1-844-469-2677) to speak with a CNPS legal advisor, please expect to provide your name, address, phone number, and nursing registration number. We collect this information to comply with our professional legal obligations and to ensure you are eligible for CNPS protection and services. Information you provide the CNPS will remain confidential.

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View a complete list of webinars at cnps.ca/webinars.

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