Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I know if I have joined CNA?
There are several ways for RNs and NPs to become members of CNA:

  • RNs & NPs belonging to certain regulatory bodies and professional associations are automatically members of CNA
  • RNs & NPs in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Ontario, Quebec or British Columbia are members if they have joined CNA directly
  • Retired RNs & NPs (who no longer maintain a licence to practise) 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 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 Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Ontario, Quebec, or British Columbia. Am I a member?

If you purchased a membership with CNA directly through the site, then you are a member. Please note you cannot join or renew a CNA membership via regulatory bodies or nursing associations in your province, including the Nova Scotia College of Nursing (NSCN), College of Registered Nurses of Prince Edward Island (CRNPEI), College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO), the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO), the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec (OIIQ), or the Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of British Columbia (NNPBC). For more information on direct membership with CNA, please see our How to Join section.

3. 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. Can licensed/registered practical nurses and registered psychiatric nurses join CNA?

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.