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CNA @ Work for Nursing

June 2016

Below are a few highlights of our work during the month of May. To receive regular CNA updates and information, please provide your e-mail address. We’ll keep you apprised of our activities and seek your advice and input as we shape our policies and positions.

Policy, practice and advocacy

Presentations to government
A key role for CNA is to bring the nursing voice and nursing recommendations to the federal government on topics of importance to the health of Canadians and to the sustainability of our health-care system.  During the month of May, CNA presented before four parliamentary committees and one parliamentary caucus on the following topics:

Bill C-14 nursing framework
CNA convened a task force in May with representatives from the educational, regulatory, practice, ethics, legal and administrative fields to begin the development of a national nursing framework on MAID. The purpose of the framework is to provide nursing-specific information and highlight key considerations to guide nurses in thoughtful reflection on the ethical and practice issues that may occur as they care for competent adults considering MAID. The framework will also support stakeholders in related fields. It is expected that the framework will be completed by November after a larger, nation-wide consultation. Once approved, the framework will be available on CNA’s website. For more information, contact Josette Roussel, senior nurse advisor, at jroussel@cna-aiic.ca.

Home care and seniors
May marked the creation of a formal partnership among CNA, the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Canadian Home Care Association for a pan-Canadian consultation on developing a national action plan for better home care in Canada. Consultations will be held in several cities in Canada with final recommendations planned for late summer. Visit Better Home Care: A National Action Plan.

Choosing Wisely Canada
In May CNA convened the initial meeting of the Choosing Wisely Canada nursing working group to begin work on a list of issues that nurses and patients should question. These issues include, for example, medication, treatment and intervention. The list will provide evidence-based recommendations around how to decrease the use of unnecessary care interventions.


Did you know that 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of our CNA Certification Program? We are delighted to acknowledge this milestone with two new certification features: an online application process and computer-based exams, which will be offered in all 20 specialities later this year.

CNA international

Certification Dubai
In 2015, the Dubai Health Authority approached CNA about bringing the certification program to that region of the world. Following a year-long planning process, 250 nurses in Dubai wrote CNA certification exams in emergency and nephrology nursing this past March.

This June, CNA president Karima Velji attended ceremonies in Dubai where the inaugural group of successful writers received their certification pins and certificates. Plans are now being developed to bring three or four more exams to Dubai by the end of 2016.

International Council of Nurses
In May president Karima Velji and CNA’s director of policy, strategy and advocacy Carolyn Pullen attended the sixth ICN Triad meeting in Geneva. CNA presented on two topics:

  • How regulation can advance the nursing profession and enable progress while still serving the mandate to protect the public
  • Emerging Issues and Horizon Scan

World Health Assembly
CNA was honoured to have president Karima Velji attend the WHA in May as a member of Canada’s official delegation. Invited by the minister of health, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Velji was the only non-government representative to be part of the delegation. This is the first time since 2008 that CNA has been invited to participate in this capacity.