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Certification Employer Recognition Award

Each year, CNA gives one health-care facility the Employer Recognition Award for exemplary, sustained support of the certification program and CNA-certified nurses. The award ensures employers — both the recipient and those who receive honourable mentions — receive public recognition for their efforts. The award includes acknowledgement in a media release, nursing conference materials and on CNA’s website and social media.

Congratulations to our 2020 recipient!

The Wound Ostomy and Continence Institute, which is operated by Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada (NSWOCC), offers various online programs to allow nurses to improve their skills and understanding of wound, ostomy and continence from a distance. The WOC-Institute’s online and onsite educational programs are delivered by a team of highly knowledgeable and dedicated nurse leaders who are CNA certified in wound, ostomy and continence. In 2018, the WOC-Institute launched a CNA certification preparatory course for all NSWOCC members. The course is self-paced online with a Facebook study group and mentorship from certified nurses. The WOC-Institute’s flagship program, Wound Ostomy and Continence Education Program, is a state of the art, 12-month program for BN/BScNs. The final exam for the program is the CNA certification exam, which, upon achievement, enables the nurse to use the certification credential WOCC(C).

Honourable mention

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada’s largest mental health teaching hospital and one of the world’s leading research centres in its field. It has a long history of endorsing CNA certification. Since 2013, CAMH has offered a two-day CNA Psychiatric and Mental Health certification exam review workshop. It is one of the only hospitals in the country to offer a review workshop in this specialty area. Recently, the organization announced that as part of the Best of CAMH Nursing Initiative, CAMH will pay all costs associated with certification for its employees, including CNA membership for the year of certification, examination fees, and five-year certification renewal fees. During national nursing week, certified nurses on staff are presented with a certification sticker to wear proudly on their ID badges.

Congratulations to our 2019 recipient!

GF Strong is a centre of excellence in rehabilitation that provides both inpatient and outpatient rehab services in Vancouver. The facility is committed to supporting healthy lives in healthy communities with their partners through care, education, and research. GF Strong has demonstrated it believes in the value of becoming CNA certified in rehabilitation nursing. For instance, it lists CNA rehabilitation nursing certification as a desired qualification in its employment postings. This employer strongly encourages certification to its nursing staff during the on-boarding interview and in staff orientation. The organization also provides financial support for certification by purchasing textbooks and flash cards for studying and supports study sessions during work hours.

Honourable mention

The Northeast Cancer Centre at Health Sciences North is a level 2 regional cancer site in Sudbury that delivers top-quality care to cancer patients in the north east LHIN. The facility views CNA certification in oncology nursing as a gold standard and, as such, encourages the nurses on staff to pursue CNA certification; it also supplies study space on site and offers many educational opportunities for nurses to prepare for the certification exam. The facility provides nurses with financial assistance for the certification fees and offers paid time off for exam preparation. It also puts a heavy-weighted score on hiring nurses who are CNA-certified and includes this qualification in its employment postings.

Past winners

Employer Recognition Award