NNPBC is a not for profit society registered in the province of British Columbia
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Frequently Asked Questions about NNPBC

  1. How will I join NNPBC in 2022?
    NNPBC knows that nurses have felt the burden of working in the midst of a global pandemic. In an effort to reduce a financial burden on nurses, NNPBC has decided to reduce our annual fee for 2022, from $54.60 including GST to $41.99 including GST. This represents a cost savings to BC nurses of 23%. NNPBC remains a voluntary organization.
     

    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.
     

    Learn more about how to join NNPBC.

  2. What does NNPBC cost?
    NNPBC costs $41.99 annually or less than $1.00 a week. 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.
  3. What if I purchased NNPBC membership later in the year (October 2021-January 31, 2022)?
    NNPBC's membership year begins on April 1, 2022. All RNs, NPs, RPNs, LPNs and ESNs will be able to purchase NNPBC through College registration during the renewal period which lasts February 1-March 31, 2022. If you choose to purchase NNPBC when you renew with the College, your NNPBC membership will be 'renewed' and you will have paid for a full-year NNPBC membership. If you choose not to purchase NNPBC during the renewal period, but have purchased our half-year fee prior to this, you will able to keep your half-year membership up to March 31, 2022. After this date, your half-year membership ends and 2022 full-year membership must be purchased to continue accessing NNPBC's programs and services.
  4. 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 info@nnpb.com.
  5. 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.


  6. Can retired and student nurses be part of NNPBC?
    Absolutely! Learn more about Associate membership here.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 or the 'Members' button on the far right of the site title 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.
  9. How can I get access to Perkopolis and all of the other perks?
    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 info@nnpbc.com for your perks passcode and to learn more about the other perks.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Do I get CNA membership with my NNPBC membership?
    As of January 2021, NNPBC membership is no longer included membership in the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA).
     
    We deeply value our historic and important connection to CNA and both organizations remain fully committed to working together to maintain a strong CNA presence and member base in BC.
     
    We encourage every nurse in BC to join the CNA which in turn will also allow you to maintain your connection to the International Council of Nurses.
     
    Learn more about how to join CNA.
     


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How do nursing fees compare to other professions?
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 $521.95 RNs, RPNs to $751.90 for NPs $41.99 inclusive of GST through NNPBC $71.40 inclusive of GST as part of the group rate for RNs, RPNs.
$167.47 inclusive of GST for NPs
$635.34 (RNs, RPNs)
$951.35 (NPs)
LPNs LPNs $521.95 $41.99 inclusive of GST Currently paid through BCCNM $563.94 (LPNs)
Audiologists $750.00 $165.00 $50.00 $965.00
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
Dental Technicians $775.00 $299.00 $85.00 $1,159.00
Dietitians $600.00 $350.00 $72.00 $1,022.00
Massage Therapists $600.00 $425.00 $169.00 $1,194.00
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
Pharmacists $778.00 $320.00 $165.00 $1,263.00
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+