RNAO members are automatically eligible to the professional liability protection and services of the Canadian Nurses Protective Society. (Undergraduate Nursing Students who are not yet registered with the CNO are excluded).
CNPS exists so that nurses are enabled to effectively manage their legal risks and are appropriately assisted when in professional legal jeopardy.
RN and RN(EC) members of RNAO who hold a valid registration from the College of Nurses of Ontario are eligible for CNPS assistance for up to $10,000,000 per claim to a maximum of $10,000,000 per year in respect of claims or legal actions for professional negligence arising from the provision of a professional nursing service in Canada. CNPS assistance includes the payment of any settlement or any court-imposed damages, costs, legal expenses and fees.
RN and RN(EC) members of RNAO who hold a valid registration from the College of Nurses of Ontario are also eligible for CNPS assistance to a maximum of $3,000,000 per year in respect of:
- Claims or legal actions for professional negligence arising from nursing care provided outside Canada
- Criminal investigations
- successfully defended criminal charges
- Alleged breach of statute (other than professional discipline or labour relations)
- Coroners’ inquests
- Applications for production of client records in a criminal sexual assault case
In all cases, the proceedings or litigation must take place in Canada.
RNAO members can also contact the CNPS for advice regarding their professional and legal obligations in relation to their nursing practice, professional liability issues and risk management strategies. All consultations are strictly confidential.
CNPS protection is occurrence-based, which means registered nurses can seek assistance from CNPS for any incident arising from nursing practice that occurred while they were members of the RNAO, irrespective of when a claim arising from this incident is made or a civil action is commenced.
For more information, call CNPS at 1-800-267-3390 or visit its website at www.cnps.ca