CNA’s members will elect a new president-elect at the annual meeting of members in June.
The election is one of the most important responsibilities of membership. The chosen candidate will serve as president-elect (2018-2020) before becoming president (2020-2022). The president represents Canadian nurses by being an official CNA spokesperson, making the position an important leadership role.
Delegates attending CNA’s meeting of members in Ottawa on June 18, which is being held in conjunction with the biennial convention (June 18-20), will have the opportunity to meet the candidates for president-elect. Their statements of philosophy appear below.
Tim Guest, RN, BScN, MBA
STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPY
The health-care system is facing significant challenges — increased demand (aging population, increased incidence of chronic disease); limited access (restricted role optimization, HR shortages exacerbated by antiquated planning models); and ballooning costs — without corresponding health system, provider, or patient outcome improvement.
As one of the most trusted health professions in every sector of the health-care system, nurses have the potential to be an indomitable force in health system transformation. Nursing must accept this formidable challenge by transforming itself in order to lead and support change. But this work cannot be done alone; we must learn to collaborate at all levels to realize a high-performing health system. Doing so is essential for a strong professional nursing voice when working with other health-care providers, citizens, and decision-makers to influence policy and resource decisions.
As president-elect of CNA, I am best situated to be that voice. I am not afraid to take on complex issues. I enjoy change and see opportunity in every situation. I have the leadership experience, passion, vision, and skills required of the position of president-elect.
Sean Secord, RN, BScN, BScB, MN, PBDM, CHE
STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPY
I am honoured to be considered as a nominee for president-elect of CNA. I possess attributes and demonstrated abilities in the areas of accountability, analytical thinking, leadership, community orientation, and visionary thinking that make me an ideal candidate for this position.
I believe in accountability and integrity as strong attributes of nursing — attributes that all nurses should strive to uphold, and that I have embodied throughout my nursing career from clinical roles to leadership. As a leader, I lead through supportive approaches, building team members’ abilities, and fostering engagement. Engagement, understanding, and commitment of nurses to their patients, professional bodies, employers, allied health-care professionals, and to each other is what has the greatest potential for positive outcomes for all of these entities and for Canadian health care.
I think that critical thinking and systems thinking are also characteristics of nurses and nursing. We nurse at many levels, from individuals to families, communities to populations. Seeing the broader picture and advocating for a system that supports success is an extension of this and an aspect of CNA that I have always been impressed by, proud of, and of which I wish to be a bigger part.