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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)
- What does this change mean for LPNs/RPNs and RPNs?
- Can LPNs/RPNs and RPNs join CNA right away?
- 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?
- How will CNA announce when it is ready to admit LPNs/RPNs and RPNs as members?
1. What does this change mean for LPNs/RPNs and RPNs?
This decision to extend membership beyond RNs and NPs is 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 means we will be the national professional association for all regulated nursing groups and represent Canadian nursing, not just registered nurses.
2. Can LPNs/RPNs and RPNs join CNA right away?
Not just yet. The vote to amend the CNA bylaws to include other nursing designations within CNA was the first step. Determining what the membership models will look like is the important next step. Over the coming few months, CNA will review its governance and membership models to evaluate the structures that need to be put in place to reflect the unique and collective needs of the different regulated nursing groups.
Until membership models are put in place, LPNs/RPNs and RPNs will have an option to access CNA services through a subscription. Expect to see the subscription option available soon. In the meantime, you can let us know your interest in a subscription by emailing email@example.com. CNA will have more news about membership models over the coming months.
3. 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!
4. 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.
5. How will CNA announce when it is ready to admit LPNs/RPNs and RPNs as members?
As with any important matter, CNA will share updates and news to existing members and those interested in membership via our marketing and communications channels:
- Website: bookmark this page and check it periodically
- Social media: see updates and comments on Facebook and Twitter
- Our newsletter: sign up for our CNA Now e-newsletter to get regular updates directly to your inbox
- Email: if you prefer, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know you’re interested in signing up for a subscription