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Canadian Nurses Protective Society

​posted Oct. 14, 2015

​Reminder: Pr​ofessional Liability Protection changes in 2016 

Last April, we let you know that in 2016, registered nurses and nurse practitioners will receive their professional liability protection from the Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS). As a reminder, here are some details about the change: 

What are the ​benefits?

  • Joining CNPS serves our mandate of protecting the public by ensuring any legal claims brought against registered nurses or nurse practitioners in B.C. are quickly and effectively addressed. 
  • As an added benefit, CRNBC registrants will have access to programs and services that will help you better understand your professional legal obligations, manage the risks in your nursing practice and reduce the risk of harm to your patients. 

What does the change me​​an?

With CNPS, beginning March 1, 2016, all CRNBC registrants will have access to supports including: 

  • Confidential and objective advice to improve safety, quality and reduce exposure to risk
  • Current support for professional practice issues, i.e. right to die, patient handover 
  • Summaries of legal cases involving the nursing profession, to assist with identification of potential safety and risk issues for patients and nurses 
  • Access to independent legal advice 
  • Assessment of contracts

Stay tuned for ongoing updates in the coming months.

How did we g​et here?

  • The Association of Registered Nurses of BC strongly advocated for membership in CNPS, understanding that registered nurses and nurse practitioners in B.C. are eager for better protection, and will benefit greatly from the education and supports CNPS offers. 
  • CRNBC, in collaboration with ARNBC, recognized a need to improve liability insurance protection and related services for registered nurses and nurse practitioners in B.C. 
  • The CRNBC board made the decision to close the college's own small “captive” insurance company, reducing risks and exposure to the organization, the public and nurses.
  • CRNBC applied for, and was accepted, as a member of the Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS) on April 25, 2015.
  • ​Until the CNPS program is in place in March 2016, the college has purchased commercial policies and transferred management of these policies to the Association of Registered Nurses of BC.  

Contact 

Cynthia Johansen
Registrar/CEO
ceo@crnbc.ca 



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