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CNA certification shows your practice expertise

The CNA Certification Program offers 22 nationally recognized specialty credentials for nurses. Becoming CNA certified shows your employer, peers and clients that you are a dedicated professional committed to lifelong learning, patient advocacy and professional practice. Get certified and join more than 12,500 fellow nursing professionals across Canada! Apply for initial certification or renewal by exam January 15 – March 31, 2024.

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Ambitious climate action is needed — now!

In 2023, Canada experienced the worst wildfire season and various other extreme weather events, causing loss of life, damage to infrastructure, financial burden, health challenges, and strain on our overwhelmed health system. Health systems across Canada will continue to suffer if climate change is not appropriately addressed.

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It’s time to step into your power to make change

CNA is here to help you be heard, supported and impassioned. Join now, and together, we can showcase nurses’ impact in Canadian health care.

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Help fix Canada’s health-care crisis!

Send a letter to your federal and provincial/territorial elected officials to urge them to work together to fix Canada’s health-care crisis and nursing shortages.

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Why Do Professional Associations Matter?

The matrix of regulated categories and types of nursing organizations, all layered within Canada’s federated structure, makes for a complicated nursing landscape. While there is some blurring of functions among them, it is important to understand the roles of these diverse organizations.



Our Mission

We are the Canadian Nurses Association

CNA is the national and global professional voice of Canadian nursing. We represent registered nurses, nurse practitioners, licensed and registered practical nurses, registered psychiatric nurses, retired nurses and nursing students across all 13 provinces and territories.

What We Do

Canadian Nurses Association

CNA is the unified voice of Canadian nursing — from coast to coast to coast. We support students and nurses in the beginning stages of their careers, those who are working full and part-time, and those who are retired. No matter where you work, we’re determined to make nursing better — for nurses, for patients and for our public health systems.

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Search Nursing Jobs

Find a new nursing position and see what different nurses do — and what they’re paid.

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CNA Journals

Enjoy exclusive access to the Canadian Nurse online journal and the Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership. Both journals are dedicated to nursing, publishing practical information, insightful opinions and interesting stories to support all domains of practice.

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Membership

As well as being part of Canada’s national nurses association, you will have access to the membership benefits below and more.

What Our Members Say

“Being a member of CNA has continuously pushed me to think about the bigger picture and how nursing can transform health care through leadership and innovation.”

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Patrick Chiu

Professional Practice Advisor, AB

What Our Members Say

“Belonging to CNA allows me to remain connected with national nursing issues, access helpful digital resources and contribute to national nursing advancement. I wouldn’t be without it!”

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Mary McAllister, RN, PhD, FCAN

Retired, ON

What Our Members Say

“I am thankful for CNA for the instrumental professional leadership and regulatory support that it provides to nurses in the North.”

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Jo-Anne Cecchetto

Assistant Deputy Minister, NT

What Our Members Say

“Canadian nurses need a unifying voice to advocate for and lead the profession; CNA is that voice. CNA’s collective leadership is critical to the health and well-being of our nation.”

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Dawn Tisdale

Provincial Health Services Authority, BC

What Our Members Say

“I belong to CNA because it brings together and enables nurses from all walks of life to have a voice that speaks to all Canadians, patients and policy-makers.”

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Gail Donner, RN, BScN, PhD, FCAN

Professor Emerita, University of Toronto; Partner, donnerwheeler

What Our Members Say

“CNA is current and relevant, even when unexpected changes happen — like a pandemic and its aftermath.”

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Nadia Prendergast, RN, PhD

Assistant Professor, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing

What Our Members Say

“I value my membership with CNA because it advocates and lobbies for nursing initiatives at a national level.”

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Melissa Holzer

Territorial Specialist in Acute Care, NU

What Our Members Say

“I value the leadership role that CNA takes in advocating for and supporting advanced practice nursing roles in Canada.”

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Dr. Lorraine Avery, RN, PhD, CNCC (C)

Regional Clinical Nurse Specialist, MB