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New: join CNA
Licensed/registered practical nurses and registered psychiatric nurses now have the option to purchase a membership that gives them access to many CNA benefits and services. Interested in joining? Visit our membership web page for information on fees and benefits as well as step-by-step instructions for joining.
Since its beginnings in 1908, CNA has been the national professional voice of registered nurses, which includes nurse practitioners. However, on June 18, 2018, voting delegates at CNA’s annual meeting of members voted overwhelmingly in favour of expanding CNA’s membership to include licensed practical nurses (known as registered practical nurses in Ontario) and registered psychiatric nurses (regulated in the four western provinces and Yukon). Read more about this landmark decision in this media release.
Frequently asked questions: CNA membership for licensed/registered practical nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (LPNs/RPNs and RPNs)
- Can LPNs/RPNs and RPNs join now?
- As a licensed/registered practical nurse, can I join CNA at the same time as applying for specialty certification in gerontology?
- Can I access Canadian Nurse with my CNA membership?
- What does the June 2018 vote mean for LPNs/RPNs and RPNs?
- Why did you decide to welcome LPNs/RPNs and RPNs in CNA?
- Will these changes mean that registered psychiatric nurses will be licensed in regions other than Western Canada?
1. Can LPNs/RPNs and RPNs join now?
Yes, CNA is pleased to welcome LPNs/RPNs and RPNs as members. The governance structures and the online membership system have been put in place. Memberships can be purchased or created via the MyCNA site. Visit our membership web page for information on fees and benefits as well as step-by-step instructions for joining.
2. As a licensed/registered practical nurse, can I join CNA at the same time as applying for specialty certification in gerontology?
Joining CNA and applying for certification are separate. First, join CNA, then you can apply for CNA specialty certification and save more than $150 on the certification program, a benefit exclusive to CNA members.
3. Can I access Canadian Nurse with my CNA membership?
Yes, CNA members have unlimited access to Canadian Nurse, including best practices, analysis, opinions, profiles, research summaries, advice from experts, insights into all aspects of the profession, and the complete digital archive (dating back to 1905 for Canadian Nurse and to 1959 for infirmière canadienne). Access the content now.
4. What does the June 2018 vote mean for LPNs/RPNs and RPNs?
This decision to extend membership beyond RNs and NPs was the first step in opening the door for LPNs/RPNs and RPNs to become members of CNA and be part of CNA’s work to promote and enhance the role of nurses to strengthen nursing and the Canadian health system.
For CNA, the vote on June 18 paved the way to become the national professional association for all regulated nursing groups and represent Canadian nursing, not just registered nurses.
5. Why did you decide to welcome LPNs/RPNs and RPNs in CNA?
CNA members believe that nurses are stronger together. Every day across this country nurses from each of the regulated groups can be found in the same workplaces and/or on teams together. To reflect this reality, Canada’s national professional nursing association should be able to represent the voices of all nursing groups and strongly promote and contribute to intra-professional collaboration. In addition, many policy and legislative changes are happening among nursing associations across the country and this compelled CNA’s board of directors to consider membership models that include all nursing designations.
By a sweeping margin of 135 votes to 10, CNA voting delegates — all of whom were registered nurses — made clear that they support the importance of an inclusive model that welcomes all regulated nurses to join the association. June 18, 2018, was a historic day for nursing in Canada!
6. Will these changes mean that registered psychiatric nurses will be licensed in regions other than Western Canada?
No. The changes at CNA are only about the membership composition of CNA, which is the national professional nursing association. The changes have nothing to do with the licensure, education or scope of practice of any category of nurses. Any matters related to regulation of nurses falls outside of CNA and is the sole purview of the provincial and territorial nursing regulatory bodies.