- Why are you forcing me to join NNPBC
NNPBC is a voluntary professional association. We collect fees from nurses who choose to join and we will continue to seek membership benefits for those nurses. In 2021, NNPBC is pleased to be able to offer membership through a bundled option with CNPS.
NNPBC has worked to find savings for those nurses who choose to be members. This includes a reduced cost for members to purchase professional liability protection (PLP) through CNPS at our ‘group rate’.
For 2021, the cost for CNPS at the non-group (or individual rate) is $164.85 (for a 13-month period). The cost for the group rate is $109.20 (for a 13-month period) and includes membership in NNPBC. If you break the group rate down, the cost for your PLP and association combined is less than $2.00 a week (for this 13-month period). Any nurse who does not wish to be a member can purchase PLP at the individual rate.
A good example of where you might see this in other parts of your life is with extended automobile insurance. British Columbians who opt to purchase BCAA, receive additional discounts on insurance, hotels, car rentals and other partner organizations because BCAA has negotiated a lower group rate. Similarly, NNPBC has a reduced rate for professional liability protection for our members.
- How will I join NNPBC in 2021?
Starting in 2021, RNs, RPNs, NPs and employed student nurses will have the option to fulfill their Professional Liability Protection (PLP) requirement through a CNPS and NNPBC bundled rate of $109.20 (including GST) for RNs/RPNs and $236.04 (including GST) for NPs. Those who choose not to purchase NNPBC and CNPS bundled rate will need to purchase the individual CNPS rate at a cost of $164.85 (including GST) for RNs/RPNs and $375.38 (including GST) for NPs.
Although this transition does not impact LPNs and non-practicing nurses, LPNs and non-practising nurses will still be provided with the opportunity to choose to purchase NNPBC membership during their BCCNM renewal. Note, the BCCNM registration year for 2021-2022 will encompass 13 months, recognizing the added cost to nurses related to this, NNPBC will be offering its membership for this 13-month period at a cost of 12 months.
NNPBC remains a voluntary professional association. RNs, RPNs, NPs and employed student nurses have the option to select the preferential group rate as part of a bundle that includes their required CNPS fee along with NNPBC membership.
- What does NNPBC cost?
NNPBC costs $52.00 annually. This works out to $1.00 a week (in fact less because 2021 will be a 13-month year). It bears noting that for many B.C. nurses, fees paid to the BC Nurses Union (which are approximately 2% of a nursing salary) are not optional. College and CNPS fees are not optional. NNPBC is the only B.C. nursing organization that is optional for nurses.
- What does NNPBC do for me?
NNPBC advocates for healthy public policy, promotes excellence in nursing practice, increases nurses' contribution to shaping the health system, and influences decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve. Learn more about the benefits of NNPBC and download our information sheet. We also invite your questions and comments at any time by emailing us at email@example.com.
- Why is NNPBC the member for CNPS?
It’s important to note that NNPBC is the only organization within this province that can represent ALL B.C. nurses (many of whom are not members of unions), and that it is very common for professional associations (in this province and across Canada) to administer liability protection for the profession.
Below is a table that highlights several key pieces of information including licensing fees, association fees and PLP fees for some of the BC’s regulated health professions. In each of the cases below, the professional association administers PLP. This is not an exhaustive list, rather it is a list of those easily searched online by going to websites and using google. Some information may have changed since the time of writing but is meant to provide an overall baseline comparison.
- Can retired and student nurses be part of NNPBC?
Yes! Students will pay $30.00 + GST annually for the NNPBC fee and retired members will pay $30.00 annually for NNPBC. For the remainder of 2020, you may join NNPBC at our half-year fee by going to here.
- Can I join NNPBC and not CNA (or vice-versa)?
Starting in 2021 our relationship with CNA will be different than it was in 2020. NNPBC has had opportunity to focus on how we can continue to grow as a professional association while continuing to meet the needs of our diverse and engaged membership base. These include choices around how best to provide programs and services that benefit and resonate with BC’s nurses. In order to continue to develop a strong BC based, membership focused professional association, NNPBC will no longer include the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) membership fee as part of your yearly membership package.
Members should be aware that the Association undertook this change after many months of consideration and dialogue between all parties and we reached this extremely difficult decision in an effort to decrease membership costs. This noted, NNPBC values the work that CNA undertakes and our collaborative relationship with our colleagues at CNA. We have deep respect for the long-standing legacy of excellent work that the national association has undertaken on behalf of Canada’s nurses. We encourage all B.C. nurses to join CNA in order to maintain their connection to both the national association and the International Council of Nurses (ICN). To join CNA, please go to: cna-aiic.ca/en/membership/british-columbia.
- How are the union, association and college different?
A professional association fulfills a role quite distinct from the other nursing organizations that exist in B.C. The mandates of each of the organizations is as follows:
- The regulatory college, the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM), acts on behalf of the public to ensure safe care and public safety.
- The union acts on behalf of workers primarily to secure salary, benefits and working conditions.
- The professional association, NNPBC, acts on behalf of nursing in order to advance the profession and influence health and social policy. NNPBC is also developing a suite of services for our members to utilize practice support, gain access to educational opportunities and to tap into discounts on the everyday items that nurses need in order to get their jobs done.
- How do I login to the membership section of the website?
To login to the members only pages, simply click the 'login' button located at the far right of the main menu bar. Login with your email address. If this is your first login, please sign in with the temporary password you were sent. Upon signing in you’ll be able to change the password.
- How can I get access to Perkopolis?
We're glad you asked. This is a great service that offers huge savings for anyone who joins. The savings are so great that your yearly NNPBC membership is paid just through using a few deals! That said, in order to access Perkopolis you must first join NNPBC. Once you have joined, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for your perks passcode.
- Why does B.C. have a single nursing association when other provinces don't?
B.C.'s four nursing designations, RNs, LPNs, NPs and RPNs, have been collaborating closely since 2013 on the BC Coalition of Nursing Associations (BCCNA or the Coalition). This collaboration has been ground-breaking in demonstrating the importance of collaboration and nursing unity to strengthen the profession. B.C. is leading this change and in fact inspired our Canadian Nurses Association colleagues to change their bylaws to allow for all nursing designations.
- How does a single professional association benefit the profession?
There are approximately 55,000 nurses in the province right now. This represents the largest group of healthcare providers in the province (and in fact nurses represent the largest healthcare workforce in the world). Working together, nurses can achieve systemic change and NNPBC is in the best position to ensure this happens. Working collaboratively, with integrity and transparency, NNPBC focuses on making sure that the nursing voice is heard in all matters of health and public policy. Because we represent the interests and needs of all nurses, NNPBC ensures that a united nursing voice is presented.
- Why do each of the four organizations have equal representation on the board when the numbers of nurses in each designation are so different? Why not proportional representation?
Equal representation, regardless of the numbers of nurses working in each designation, is a very important part of an effective and fair Board and is based on having a strong voice. Whether there are 500 NPs or 40,000 RNs, it is so important to the smooth running of the organization, that each designation has an equal and valued voice at the table and in our decision-making processes.
It's also important to note that the representatives from each of the councils who sit at the NNPBC Board table bring forward issues and ideas from their respective councils. When the Board sits at the NNPBC ‘table’ they hear all issues and ensure that the response that goes forward is based on a united nursing voice. This in turn strengthens the position of the designation that has brought forward the issue by allowing all of nursing to provide a collective response on the issue.
- Why do we need any professional associations if the BC Nurses' Union effectively represents all nurses and advocates for us?
Although there is some overlap, professional associations differ from unions in that they provide guidance to the professional members and to government on issues relevant to the profession such as use of evidence-based initiatives, policies and advancement of the profession as a whole.
It is important to note that not all nurses are represented by BCNU. For example, nurse practitioners, most nurses in management, administration, education, government, or nurses who belong to other unions (e.g. RPNs in the Health Sciences Association) and independent business owners (e.g. foot care nurses) are not BCNU members.
- What role do the Councils play in comparison to the role of the NNPBC Board of Directors?
Each of the four Councils plays an important role in supporting, advocating and setting strategic policy direction for their designations. Councils consist of elected representatives from their relevant designations and have autonomy over how many elected representatives sit on the council and which regions/areas they represent. The Councils communicate and work with each of the other Councils on a routine basis around shared issues and opportunities through the NNPBC Board of Directors and staff. The four Councils will also work together, with the NNPBC Board and staff to address issues and support their designation through NNPBC initiatives, programs and services.
- Has there been any consideration to adding Care Aides to the organization?
This has absolutely been considered and is on our radar. Discussions will continue.
- How do I become part of my designation Council or the NNPBC Board?
Elections will be held every spring for Council positions (staggered by year). Each Council term is for a two-year period. The call for nominations typically goes out in the early spring and we welcome all nurses, of every designation, to run for a position on their Council. Each Council may also decide to include additional Councillors, such as public reps, students, etc. (up to a maximum 15 per Council). Keep your eye open for the election call and be sure to submit your nomination. Every single Councillor is welcome to seek appointment to the Board (two per Council), following the terms of reference of their Council.
- Why was the decision made to change our relationship with CNA?
NNPBC has had to focus on how we can continue to grow as a professional association that is sustainable in the long-term. This means we had to weigh ongoing jurisdictional membership in BC which would require fees be paid to both organizations, against the options for building and strengthening our provincial membership.
- Were other options explored?
Over the last 24 months all options have been explored and considered very carefully. These include reduced and split fees as well as fundamental changes to membership models for both organizations. Both organizations explored these options thoroughly, diligently and in collaboration. For a variety of reasons (legal and operational) they were not workable.
- What have you heard from members about NNPBC’s relationship with CNA?
Leading up to and since our inception we have engaged with our members on the value of the professional association. Our members have expressed appreciation for the work we are doing at a provincial level in terms of partnerships with the Ministry of Health and the Nursing Policy Secretariat and have been actively engaged in the work we are doing in supporting nurses in the current COVID-19 pandemic. We know that many of our members have highly valued the connection to CNA and know that they will and should remain involved with the excellent work being done by our national body. However, they have also been clear with us that the sustainability of a provincial professional association is their top priority. The NNPBC Board had to balance the ability to continue our important provincial work against our role as jurisdictional representative. It was a difficult decision but in light of what we have heard about the focus on the provincial association, we had to re-imagine our formal membership with the CNA for the time being.
- Can I still join CNA as an individual?
Yes, absolutely and we encourage all BC nurses to remain connected to the important work done by our national association. To do so please go to: cna-aiic.ca/en/membership/british-columbia.
- Will this change in future?
We can’t say for sure what will happen in the future but from the NNPBC perspective we will continue to connect with our CNA colleagues, work with them and keep the lines of communication open. Our Board entered into this decision with the unanimous understanding that both organizations will continue to work together to find a new way forward, in collaboration. Moreover, we’ll be transparent about ongoing dialogue with our members.
The table below highlights several key pieces of information including licensing fees, association fees and PLP fees for some of the BC's regulated health professions. In each of the cases noted, the professional association administers PLP. This is not an exhaustive list, rather it is a list of those easily searched online by going to websites and using google. Some information may have changed since the time of writing but is meant to provide an overall baseline comparison.
|Regulated Profession||Annual Registration Fee||Association Fee||PLP Fee (administered by the Professional Association)||Total|
|RNs, RPNs, NPs||Ranges from $500 RNs, RPNs to $800.00 for NPs||$52.00 plus GST through NNPBC||$52.00 (13 months) as part of the group rate for RNs, RPNs. NPs pay $236.00||$604.00 (RNs, RPNs), $1036.00 (NPs)|
|LPNs||LPNs $500.00||$52.00 plus GST||Currently paid through BCCNM||$552.00 (LPNs)|
|Dental Hygienists||$515.00||$399 (includes provincial & national association membership - also includes Basic PL insurance)||$17 (higher per-claim amount than basic)||$914.00 - $931.00|
|Midwives||$740.95||2.9% of MSP billings||$1,800.00||over $3,000.00|
|Naturopathic Physicians (naturopaths)||$1,810.00||$1,432 (includes provincial/nat'l association)||$50.00||$3,292.00|
|Occupational Therapists||$525.00||$57 - 228 (depending on how many years practicing)||$64 - $106||$643.00 - $859.00|
|Optometrists||$1,390.00||$2,815 (includes Canadian Association of Optometrists membership)||$3M per claim/$5M aggreg: $472;
$5M per claim/$5M aggreg: $587;
$10M per claim/$10M aggreg: $932
|$4,677.00 - $5,137.00|
|Pharmacy Technicians||$518.00||$200.00||Included in $200 fee||$718.00|
|Physical Therapists (physiotherapists)||$500.00||$319.82||$235 - $298||$1,054.32-$1,117.82|
|Physicians and Surgeons||$1,715.00||$1,571.85 (excluding CMA)||$240 to $3,600 depending on specialty||$3,526.85-$6,886.85|
|Psychologists||$1,200.00||$372.75||$275 - $350+||$1,847.75 - $1,922.75+|