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FAQs for RN members

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Telephone: 1-800-361-8404, ext. 262
E-mail: members@cna-aiic.ca

Frequently asked questions: Membership for RNs

  1. How do I know if I have joined CNA?
  2. I am an RN or NP in Ontario or Quebec. Am I a member?
  3. Can I join CNA at the same time as applying for specialty certification?
  4. Can I access Canadian Nurse with my CNA membership?
  5. I understand CNA plans to include licensed/registered practical nurses and registered psychiatric nurses in its membership. Can these nurses join CNA today?

1. How do I know if I have joined CNA?
There are several types of CNA membership — jurisdictional, independent and retired RNs:

  • Jurisdictional — registered nurses belonging to one of CNA’s jurisdictional members are automatically part of CNA
  • Independent — registered nurses in Ontario or Quebec are members if they have joined directly through CNA’s independent nurse category
  • Retired — retired registered nurses (who no longer maintain a licence to practise as an RN) from anywhere in Canada are members if they have joined directly through CNA’s nurse emeritus category

If you are not sure if you are a current CNA member, e-mail members@cna-aiic.ca or call 1-800-361-8404, ext. 262, and we’ll be happy to verify your status.

2. I am an RN or NP in Ontario or Quebec. Am I a member?
If you joined CNA directly through the independent category for Ontario or Quebec nurses, then you are a member. Please note you cannot join or renew with CNA via the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO), the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) or the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec. For more information, please see an important update for Ontario Nurses or Quebec Nurses.

3. As an RN, can I join CNA at the same time as applying for specialty certification?
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.

4. 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.

5. I understand CNA plans to include licensed/registered practical nurses and registered psychiatric nurses in its membership. Can these nurses join CNA today?
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. For this and other questions about membership for licensed/registered practical nurses and registered psychiatric nurses, please consult our LPN/RPN and RPN frequently asked questions.