Welcome to NLNPA


The Newfoundland & Labrador Nurse Practitioner Association (NLNPA) represents the professional interests of Nurse Practitioners (NPs) in NL.

The goal of NLNPA to advocate for accessible, high quality health care for all citizens throughout the Newfoundland & Labrador (NL).

Membership in the NLNPA provides Nurse Practitioners with educational opportunities, networking, advocacy services and professional support.

Latest News

Call for Membership 2017


The Newfoundland and Labrador Nurse Practitioner Association (NLNPA) is pleased to announce its 2017 call for membership.

The NLNPA represents the professional interests of Nurse Practitioners (NPs) in Newfoundland and Labrador.  Our goal is to advocate for accessible, high quality health care for all citizens throughout the province.  As a professional organization, the NLNPA supports and advances the professional interests of its members by promoting a social, economic and political environment in which NPs are able to provide health care services that meet the highest professional standards of practice.

Membership in the NLNPA provides NPs with educational conferences, bursary opportunities, professional networking, advocacy services, and includes membership to the Canadian Association of Advanced Practice Nurses (CAAPN).  Annual fees are $60.00 and are tax deductible.  Click here for information on completing your NLNPA membership.

The NLNPA looks forward to continuing to work for our province’s NPs in 2017 and stresses the importance of membership in optimizing our efficacy.

Competition Bureau Acknowledges Marginalization of NPs

Last week, our federal government’s Competition Bureau released a publication titled, “Competition and the Common Cold” which acknowledged the marginalization of nurse practitioners.  Highlighted points included:

  • Health care regulators are encouraged to review restrictions on the ability of nurse practitioners to operate independently
    • Current regulations make it difficult for nurse practitioners to operate independently
    • Even well‑intentioned regulations may be more restrictive than necessary
  • Competition benefits seen in other professions
  • New models could improve access and value for money

See the release in detail at here.



Nurse Practitioner Position on RNU Provincial Negotiating Team

The Registered Nurse’s Union Provincial Board of Directors approved a request from the NL Nurse Practitioner Association in September 2016 deeming them a special interest group to be included on the provincial negotiating team for the upcoming round of bargaining.

Nurse Practitioners interested in serving on the Provincial Negotiating Team should apply, in writing, to the Provincial Board of Directors. Include in your request a resume outlining your union and negotiations experience. Completion of a course in negotiations, and/or previous experience or leadership at the branch or board level, would be an asset. Applications must also include a philosophy statement of 300 words or less indicating your expectations for this round of bargaining.

The deadline for applications is Friday, March 24th.

The Provincial Board of Directors will choose the nurse practitioner representative from among the names submitted.

The team currently includes representatives of each of the following:

1. Labrador

2. Western Newfoundland

3. Central Newfoundland

4. Eastern Newfoundland 5. St. John’s

6. Nursing Instructor

7. Public Health/Community Health

Should you require further information or clarification, please contact RNU Office. Submit your applications by March 24th by email to Executive Assistant Donna Walsh, dwalsh@rnunl.ca, or fax 753-1210, or by mail, PO Box 416, St. John’s, NL A1C 5J9.

NLMA Proposes Plan to Rebuild NL Health

Last week, the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association released a proposal which stemmed from its provincial forum held in the fall of 2016.  Among over 130 healthcare stakeholders from across the province, the NLNPA was represented at the forum by past president, Raleen Murphy.  The document and related news release is available on the NLMA website linked below.  We at the NLNPA certainly support the need for sustainable healthcare reform and recognize how NPs have the potential to play a very significant role.