Benefits

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RNAO offers many money-saving benefits that can more than offset your membership fees. Explore the menu options to find out how to make the most of your membership!

Since 1925, we have advocated for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses' contribution to shaping the health system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve.

RNAO boasts more than 48,000 RNs, NPs and nursing student members in Ontario and abroad. RNAO members benefit from membership in a variety of ways.

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Join a community that makes a difference!

  • Advocacy

    ​​​Through our advocacy work, ongoing consultations with the Ontario government, we are vigilant in our mission to enhance the nursing profession. Members are among the first to learn of proposed changes to public policy and members often provide input in policy making decisions.

  • Knowledge leadership 

    RNAO’s best practice guidelines (BPG) department offers opportunities in areas such as research, surveys, guideline development and professional development. Our quarterly publication, RNJ, ensures members are at the front of the line when it comes to access to nursing thought leadership.

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Legal protection

Professional liability protection (PLP)

PLP coverage is automatically included in RNAO membership for all RNs and NPs at no additional cost. The PLP offered by RNAO is a professional liability insurance product, wherein the insurer has the duty to defend the covered claim.

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Legal Assistance Program (LAP®)

Enrolment in RNAO's Legal Assistance Program (LAP®) provides RNAO members with security and peace of mind at the low cost of $64.57 per year (in addition to your annual RNAO membership fee).

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Cyber liability protection (CLP)

RNAO CLP is all encompassing protection for RNAO members. It extends to both your professional services exposures as a practising RN or NP and as well to your personal exposures.

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Malpractice and business insurance

Are you looking for an insurance solution to your Errors & Omissions and Business needs? Look no further – RNAO has the solution in the NurseInsure Malpractice Errors & Omissions Insurance and Business Insurance Programs.

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Member savings 

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Insurance programs

RNAO members enjoy member-exclusive savings on a comprehensive range of insurance programs.

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Uniform discounts

From scrub sets to face masks and more, RNAO members receive a 15 per cent discount on all items (excluding stethoscopes). 

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RNAO Affinity Mastercard Program

Identify yourself as a member of your professional association and show your pride as an RN.

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Mortgage savings

A a member of RNAO, you are entitled to receive exclusive rates and discounts.

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Networking - chapters and interest groups

You automatically become a member of an RNAO chapter when you join the association. Chapter activities at the community level provide a forum for dialogue and exchange with your colleagues.

Also, as a member of RNAO, you have the opportunity to join any of RNAO's many interest groups (IG). Active participation in one or more IG provides opportunities to meet and discuss with your peers whose areas of expertise in nursing practice are similar to yours. IGs also provide benefits to their members such as newsletters, advocacy, workshops and conferences.

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Discounts on education programs

RNAO members enjoy discounts on fees for conferences, workshops, chapter events and more. 

Members enjoy preferred rates for RNAO conferences, workshops and institutes.

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Education funding and scholarships

Members are welcome to access any of RNAO’s education funding programs. A number of RNAO’s IGs and Region 6 fund awards and/or scholarships to RNAO members that are administered through Registered Nurses’ Foundation of Ontario (RNFOO). Get information on education funding programsJoin RNAO now!

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RNCareers.ca

RNCareers.ca is the official career site of the RNAO and the first online career board that was created exclusively to meet the needs of the Ontario nursing professional.

RNCareers.ca specializes in all levels of nursing including clinical and non-clinical, staff nurse, management, executive and administrative roles for NPs, RNs, RPNs and PSWs across all health-care sectors.

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Career counselling

RNAO has developed a full-service website – Careers in Nursing – that offers career guidance to assist you with career planning.

Whether you’re just starting out as a nurse, ready for a mid-career change, or coming back from a long absence, you’re going to face numerous career situations that require a strong sense of direction and self-promotion.

Access career services now by visiting Careers in Nursing.

Services provided vary depending on the individual nurse's needs and are completely confidential. Whether you are a nursing student, new graduate or an experienced RN, this service can help you develop your own career path.

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Staying connected

Recruitment rewards

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Get 5

Pass these savings on to five friends and get your membership free:

How?

All you have to do is show five of your colleagues the benefits of belonging to your professional nursing association. All they have to do is provide your RNAO recruiter number when they sign up.

Why should they sign up?

RNAO is an effective advocate for nurses and their work. With each new member the RNAO gains a stronger voice that influences policy, working conditions and politics at the highest levels.

Not five or more than five?

With each new sign up you can still earn $20 RNAO dollars!

Get ten referrals and get two years free.

Put this money towards your membership renewal or one of RNAO's great conferences and courses!

Want to take advantage of this offer?

Reach out to your colleagues and invite them to be a part of the more than 48,000 member strong alliance speaking out for health care and nursing in Ontario.

All you have to do is give your friends and colleagues your RNAO recruiter number for them to use when they sign up! 

Look out for the "Get 5" email coming from RNAO in your inbox!