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June 2016 Board Meeting Highlights

Appointment of the auditors for 2016
The board approved the appointment of Collins Barrow Ottawa LLP as CNA’s auditors for 2016.

President’s report
The president’s report focused on CNA’s international work:

  • In Geneva, CNA participated in the International Council of Nurses Triad meetings of nurse regulators, educators and chief nurses.
  • CNA participated as part of Canada’s delegation at the WHO’s World Health Assembly. It was CNA’s first involvement in the assembly since 2008.
  • The CNA Certification Program made its first foray into international certification. The first class of CNA-certified nurses graduated in late spring of 2016 and received congratulations from the Dubai Health Authority and the Canadian consulate.

Recognizing Velji’s contributions
The board paid tribute to outgoing president Karima Velji for her leadership. President-elect Barb Shellian highlighted her appreciation for Velji’s approach toward issues and for the close relationship the two of them built over the years.

Canadian Nurses Foundation (CNF)
The president-elect presented her report on CNF’s activities, including their successful Nightingale Gala, which took place on May 5 and raised $145,000. The evening included a number of special guests, including Sophie Grégoire Trudeau. The gala also served as the official launch of CNF’s campaign to raise $1 million in one year to support Indigenous nursing.

The foundation announced the creation of four new scholarships and a new PhD award for New Brunswick nurses. This announcement was made public at the Nurses Association of New Brunswick’s centennial celebration and highlighted in a speech by New Brunswick Health Minister Victor Boudreau, both of which took place as part of CNA’s biennial convention in Saint John.

CEO operational report
The board thanked Brenda Kinney, president of the Nurses Association of New Brunswick, and the association’s staff for their incredible support in helping CNA prepare for the convention events.

Jurisdictional members were invited to submit summaries from their annual meeting of members for publication in Canadian Nurse.

Government relations
CNA expects to participate in ongoing consultations on some key points related to Bill C-14, including how the bill treats minors, the mentally ill and those whose deaths are not in the “foreseeable future.”

CNA strategic plan
The board recognized CNA’s successful advocacy work at the federal level, including its efforts to address barriers to NP practice. CNA will continue to take a collaborative approach and make evidence-based arguments while bringing solutions to the table.

CNA will focus on home care, Indigenous health, mental health, innovation and pharmacare in the next six months.

In the near future, CNA plans to meet with the federal finance minister to discuss issues that impact Canadians’ health.

Network report
There are three new members who have joined the Canadian Network of Nursing Specialties:

  • Canadian Vascular Access Association
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist Association of Canada
  • Canadian Association of Self-Employed Registered Nurses

The network has two working groups looking at the network’s governance structure. The groups will focus on identifying the benefits of belonging to the network as well as its commitments to CNA.

The board thanked Pamela Hawranik, who is finishing her term as one of two network representatives.

Environmental scan
The board identified several themes from the environmental scan report:

  • scope of practice and collaboration
  • nursing human resources
  • need for collaboration between nursing groups

An executive summary of the report will be prepared and distributed to board members for distribution.

In particular, the board recognized the contribution of nurses during the disastrous Fort McMurray fire.

Primary health care — member survey results
Results from a CNA survey of members show there continues to be a need for education on the differences between primary care and primary health care.

Public representative election
The board elected Deborah Simpson as the public representative.

Better home care
The board was provided with an update on CNA’s activities on the better home care action plan, a collaboration with the Canadian Home Care Association, College of Family Physicians of Canada and CNA. The groups will conduct cross-country consultations that will focus on three priorities:

  • staying healthy
  • returning home after a hospital visit
  • dying with dignity in a home like-setting

Date and place of next board meeting

  • November 20-22, Ottawa.