This change is in alignment with government recommendations to modernize health profession regulation in British Columbia and ensure regulators are solely focused on their mandate to protect the public. While obtaining professional liability protection (PLP) is a registration requirement for BCCNM nurse registrants, BCCNM believes it is beyond the college’s regulatory scope to assist nurses in the provision of their PLP. Given its mandate to serve the nursing profession, NNPBC is appropriately placed to take on this work on behalf of nurses in B.C.
The transition also aligns NPs, RNs and RPNs with other regulated health professionals in British Columbia – including midwives – who access their PLP through their professional associations.
With an NNPBC membership ($54.60), registrants will have access to the CNPS preferential group rate, which will be $54.60 for RNs, RPNs and employed students; and $181.44 for NPs. These rates reflect 13 months of association membership and PLP, in alignment with the
13-month BCCNM registration renewal period for 2021-2022. This year, nurses will still pay for CNPS PLP during initial registration or registration renewal, but will now have two options:
The professional liability protection offered under each option is the same; the preferential group rate is available to NNPBC by virtue of its membership with the CNPS.
1 NNPBC membership no longer includes membership in the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA). To join CNA, visit the CNA website.
2 Employed students (ESNs and ESPNs) pay the NNPBC associate member fee of $31.50.
The transition of the CNPS membership to NNPBC does not impact non-practising NPs, RNs and RPNs or LPNs. Non-practising registrants do not require professional liability protection. Practising LPNs are currently covered by professional liability under a nationally negotiated insurance policy, and non-practising registrants do not require liability protection. The transition of LPN PLP to CNPS is currently under review.
Practising LPNs and non-practising registrants will be given the option of purchasing NNPBC membership during their renewal application.