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CNA @ Work for Nursing

July 2017

Below are a few highlights of our recent work. To receive regular updates and information, subscribe to our CNA Now newsletter. Subscribers will be kept apprised of our activities and have the chance to provide input as we shape our policies and positions.

Celebrating 150 nurses for Canada 150

Nurses have been foundational to improving health-care delivery in Canada since Confederation. “As Canadians celebrate the nation’s 150th anniversary, it is fitting to recognize those nurses who have and will continue to pioneer health innovation,” says Marc Bourgeois, CNA director of public affairs and member engagement. Learn more about your nursing colleagues at cna-aiic.ca/Canada150nurses

New: harm reduction discussion paper

This June, CNA released Harm Reduction and Illicit Substance Use: Implications for Nursing. An update of our 2011 discussion paper, it presents current perspectives and evidence on harm reduction policy and practice and identifies what they mean for nursing policy, practice, research and education. Read it at cna-aiic.ca/harmreduction

CNA Certification Program news

CNA president-elect Claire Betker presents the award to Karim Mamdani, president and CEO of Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences. Photo: Teckles Photography Inc.

During National Nursing Week, CNA was pleased to announce the 2017 recipient of the Employer Recognition Award for exceptional support of RNs pursuing or renewing CNA certification: the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby. Honourable mentions went to the mental health and addiction program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and to Eastern Health in Newfoundland and Labrador.

CNA and the Canadian Association of Neonatal Nurses were also pleased to introduce the program’s newest specialty: neonatal certification. Applications to write the new neonatal nursing exam will open January 10, 2018. Get details at getcertified.cna-aiic.ca

Consortium National de Formation en Santé student award event on the Hill

On May 18, CNA senior nurse advisor Josette Roussel addressed students, guests, senators, members of Parliament and other leaders from CNFS and the health-care sector to speak about improving access to French-language health services in Canada. She also addressed the challenges and the leadership needed to ensure this access will continue for francophone patients, as part of safe, ethical and quality care.

Contributing to international nursing issues

CNA’s ongoing involvement in the International Council of Nurses (ICN) helps position Canadian RNs as health leaders and ensures that their work is showcased internationally. At ICN’s congress this May in Barcelona, CNA staff members and the president gave the following presentations:

  • A National Action Plan for Homecare
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists in Canada: Impact on Quality and Safety
  • National Nursing Framework on Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada
  • Leading Health System Change in Canada
  • (posters) Code of Ethics for Nurses, and Integrating Health Across the Continuum of Care

ICN participants acknowledged Canadian Judith Shamian for exemplifying leadership during her four-year term as president. At the meeting of the Council of National Nursing Association Representatives, Canadian Lisa Little was among 13 individuals elected to the ICN board.

CNA benefits

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