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June 2017 Board Meeting Highlights

Code of Ethics and position statements approved

The board approved the revised Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses and three position statements.

The updated Code, which will be available in August 2017, ensures CNA’s flagship ethics document reflects societal changes and the current needs of nurses. The updates come after an extensive consultation process that included input from hundreds of nurses, other health-care professionals, ethics experts and CNA’s jurisdictional members. In particular, CNA thanked Janet Storch, RN, PhD, for her extensive input.

Three position statements were approved and will be posted on the CNA Position Statements web page:

  • International Trade and Mobility describes how trade agreements can affect health professionals and the accessibility and quality of services.
  • Nurses and Environmental Health recognizes that the environment is an important determinant of health and that nurses have a role to play in improving it.
  • Climate Change and Health deals with one specific aspect of the environment and how nurses can reduce climate change through practice, research and policy.

Reports from president, president-elect and CEO

President Barb Shellian thanked the jurisdictions for inviting her to their annual general meetings. She went on to reflect about this year’s successful National Nursing Week, focusing on one of the highlights — CNA’s first virtual town hall. She said it was interesting to hear the two candidates’ perceptions of the federal role in health care. Shellian added that there was an opportunity to overcome their “pedestrian” understanding of the role of the nurse practitioner.

Shellian said she was proud to represent CNA and Canada at the International Council of Nurses during the council’s congress this year. She said the event felt like the “United Nations of nursing” because it drew 135 countries and over 8,000 participants. CNA gave several presentations, but the congress’s “hottest ticket” was a CNA-hosted reception for outgoing ICN president Judith Shamian and outgoing board member Marlene Smadu. Shamian, who is a past CNA president, received a letter of appreciation from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. You can watch a video highlighting Shamian’s time at ICN.

President-elect Claire Betker reported on her visits to Whitehorse and Toronto. While in the Yukon, she toured the hospital and the Kwanlin Dun Health Centre. In Toronto, she awarded CNA’s Employment Recognition Award to the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences.

New CEO Mike Villeneuve began his report by thanking former CEO Anne Sutherland Boal and everyone at CNA for their support. Villeneuve, who worked at CNA for years before departing and coming back as CEO, said CNA is a very different place than the one he left, particularly the association’s increased access to parliamentarians. Villeneuve also took a moment to remind the board that CNA is a business and that he intends to keep it healthy by potentially reaching out to other nursing and health-care groups.

Canadian Network of Nursing Specialties report
Judy Simpson gave a 2016 “year in review” of the network, which represents 46 specialties and 60,000 nurses across Canada. She said the network had finalized its list of benefits, reviewed a grant application process, launched an orientation program for new association presidents, participated in a leadership workshop and established a network advisory committee. Simpson also said that after an extensive review, the network decided that its name accurately describes its role and function, so no change is necessary.

Certification report
CNA’s Patricia Elliott-Miller gave an update on the CNA Certification Program, highlighting all the major changes that were successfully implemented last year. These changes included the move to a more flexible computer-based testing system and a refreshed website. Elliott-Miller also said the certification program had struck a new agreement with Abu Dhabi to offer three exams to 75 nurses and that talks were underway with the Bahamas. Finally, she was proud to announce that the new neonatal certification exam is coming in 2018.