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March 2015 Board Meeting Highlights

2014-2016 CNA Board of Directors

FRONT ROW: Rajet Anand (CNSA), Barb Shellian (president-elect), Karima Velji (president), Anne Sutherland Boal (CEO), Sean Secord (YRNA)
BACK ROW: Sharon Baxter and Carole Dilworth (public representatives), Julie Fraser (ARNBC), Signy Klebeck (SRNA), Vanessa Burkoski (RNAO), Regina Coady (ARNNL), Pamela Hawranik, (assoc. member representative), Darline Cogswell (NANB), Patricia Benjaminson (CRNM), Jocelyn Reimer-Kent (assoc. member representative), Jacquelyn Garden-Jayasinghe (CRNNS), Rob Nevin (RNANT-NU), Nancy MacFadyen (ARNPEI), Shannon Spenceley (CARNA)

2015-2019 Strategic Plan Endorsed

The focus of our strategy for the next four years will centre on primary health care (PHC). CNA will lead a shift in the health-care system to a greater focus on PHC in the following ways:

  • Advancing policy and advocacy efforts through public and nurse engagement
  • Building capacity by advancing competencies through the nursing community and health-care system
  • Leading a system shift toward an integration of PHC principles and practices across the continuum of care

RNAO CNA Memorandum of Understanding

Under the terms of the agreement, the board gave one year's notice to end the 2014 CNA-RNAO memorandum of understanding (MOU). It was established last year in response to RNAO's decision to move to voluntary membership in CNA. Its primary purpose was to outline how CNA and RNAO would work together to communicate this change and encourage RNAO members to opt-in to CNA membership. Since RNAO has now completed this transition, and CNA has the required information about the RNAO members who are continuing as CNA members, the board believes the MOU's purpose has been met.

Bylaw on Universal Membership

The board recommended that an amendment to the current bylaws related to membership be taken to the June 2015 meeting of members. If passed, universal membership will be required of all jurisdictional (Class A) members. This decision will serve to confirm the principle of universal membership and equity in CNA. It will also secure CNA's position as a strong, national voice for nurses by maximizing the number of nurses represented across the country.

The recommendation came following extensive consultation with CNA's governance and leadership committee, legal counsel, nurse leaders in Ontario and Canada and representatives of the International Council of Nurses.

Assessments Strategies Inc. and the Canadian Nurses Foundation

The board received presentations and updates from the respective CEOs of these two organizations. The CNA board, as sole shareholder of ASI, also approved the ASI board recommendation to amend its bylaws related to the board composition.

Governance Policies and Bylaws

  • The last 16 governance policies, which were put in place to align with CNA's new bylaws, were reviewed and approved.
  • Following consultations with legal counsel, the board approved the principle that voting rights are to be determined for each meeting of members based on the number of nurses who have registered (or renewed their membership) with a jurisdictional member and on that member having paid its fees during the previous calendar year.

Committee on Recognition

  • The board approved the committee's recommendation to revise the process for submissions to the CNA Memorial Book and accepted the committee's recommendation for the 2015 CNA Certification Employer Recognition Award.

Promoting Access to Affordable Medications

  • The board approved the CEO's recommendations on activities carried out in response to the resolution on promoting health and equity. The recommendation included proceeding with advocating for a pan-Canadian pharmaceutical strategy, including optimal drug coverage, during the 2015 federal election campaign. This resolution will be in addition to the resolutions submitted at the 2014 annual meeting of members.

CASL Compliance

  • The board confirmed that CNA must be able to connect and communicate with individual nurses to fulfil their role as an organization and provide maximum value to nurses. To do so, CNA requires the assistance of the jurisdictional members to comply with Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation.
  • CNA will soon write to the jurisdictional members' respective presidents, with a copy to their CEOs/EDs, requesting that they include the appropriate consent form on their registration and renewal forms.

Carter v. Canada

(left to right) President-elect Barb Shellian, president Karima Velji, nurse ethicist Janet Storch, CEO Anne Sutherland Boal, reporter André Picard and Canadian Nurses Protective Society legal advisor Elaine Borg. Joining the panel by webinar was Oregon Nurses Association executive director Susan King.

A panel presentation provided the board with an opportunity to learn about and discuss the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision in Carter v. Canada. It highlighted ethical principles and sections of the CNA Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses that apply to physician-assisted death.

Board members agreed that the issue is a societal one and that provincial and territorial jurisdictions would help RNs deal with the implementation.

Celebrating 40 Years — Brenda Beauchamp

(left to right) President Karima Velji, director of Finance and Administration Brenda Beauchamp, president-elect Barb Shellian and CEO Anne Sutherland Boal.

The board celebrated Brenda Beauchamp and her 40 years of excellence by renaming CNA’s boardroom the Brenda Beauchamp Boardroom.