The Board of Directors of RNAO, after careful consideration of its fiduciary responsibility, has changed the policy for membership in the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) for RNAO Members.
Beginning with the membership year that commences on November 1, 2014, CNA membership will change from an automatically included RNAO member benefit, to an optional member benefit.
If you choose to remain a member of CNA, there will be no change in the fees you pay from the fees you pay November 1, 2013. If you choose not to include CNA membership, the total fee will be reduced accordingly, and you will no longer receive the benefits of CNA such as its journal,Canadian Nurse. This reduction in the RNAO membership fee is subject to ratification by members at the April 2014 Annual General Meeting. The change will enable RNAO to remain as Ontario's proud jurisdictional member to CNA, yet protect RNAO and its members from financial concerns affecting RNAO, some of which result from the loss of the RN exam and from legislative changes at the provincial and federal levels.
This change will not affect RNAO members' eligibility for professional liability protection (PLP) offered by the Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS), which is a separate entity from CNA. CNPS will remain an included member benefit for all RNAO Members.
We look forward to working with CNA to ensure the continued strength of both of our provincial and national associations, and we endeavour to keep you well informed.