Join the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and remain a member of our national association and international (ICN).
We can now join CNA as an independent RN. In order for the CNSs in Ontario to remain connected with the national association (CNA), the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the International Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nursing Network (INP/APNN). We can join CNA directly if you have not done so via RNAO:
If you have any questions about this CNA voluntary membership process, please contact Lisa Brazeau, CNA director of communications and member outreach at 1-800-361-8404 / 613-237-2159, ext. 252 (office), or 613-864-1371 (cell). You may also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
If a registered nurse is not a member of RNAO in Ontario, and is not a member of another CNPS member organization, she/he can register on an individual basis to become a beneficiary of CNPS services, i.e. Canadian Nurses Protective Society. For more information about this please see the link from our website. https://cnps.ca/index.php?page=277 or at 1-800-267-3390.
Who we are… the Clinical Nurse Specialist Association of Ontario is an association of RNAO members or affiliates who are nurses committed to Advanced Nursing Practice.
History: The Clinical Nurse Specialist Interest Group was formed in 1977. It became an official interest group of RNAO on September 13, 1979. On April 28, 2012, we became the Clinical Nurse Specialist Association of Ontario (CNS Association of Ontario).