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Professional liability protection

All NPs, RNs and RPNs with practising registration are required by BCCNP to hold professional liability protection (PLP).

Important notice for registered psychiatric nurses

Starting Nov. 1, 2018, practising RPN registrants will receive professional liability protection and risk management services from the Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS).

In British Columbia any regulated health care provider — including nurses — can be held personally liable for professional negligence. Professional liability protection (PLP) is required to:

  1. Ensure that individuals who have been harmed as a result of professional negligence by BCCNP NPs, RNs and RPNs are compensated.
  2. Provide adequate​ protection for BCCNP NPs, RNs and RPNs from the costs of defending an allegation made against them, and any resulting damages awarded.

Who needs professional liability protection?

Any registrant with practising registration status is required to have valid professional liability protection. This includes NPs, RNs and RPNs who:

BCCNP NPs, RNs and RPNs with practising registration automatically become beneficiaries of the Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS) upon initial registration, and that status is renewed annually​ at registration renewal.

CNPS Services

CNPS is a not-for-profit organization created by nurses that is specifically tailored to meet the professional liability needs of registered nurses and nurse practitioners. Their services focus on:

  • ​Information about professional obligations and liability issues
  • Prompt, confidential access to legal advisors
  • Explanation of legal steps to be taken/avoided when an incident occurs
  • Pre-contractual review of professional service agreements
Assistance with legal proceedings
  • ​Claims and civil proceedings
  • Criminal investigations and prosecutions
  • Statutory offences
  • Witness appearances
  • General legal assistance
Risk managment and education
  • ​Educational material on a wide range of subjects
  • Interactive risk management presentations and webinars

 Contact CNPS

 Professional liability fees

​​Visit the fees page​ and click the "other fees" tab

​All NPs and RNs are also covered by Commercial General Liability insurance provided by Encon Group Inc. If you have questions about this policy, please direct them to the Association of Registered Nurses of British Columbia​​.