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March 2017

March 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.

Choosing nursing interventions wisely

CNA has partnered with Choosing Wisely Canada (CWC) to release a list of nine recommendations to minimize unnecessary care. It identifies tests, treatments and procedures commonly used in nursing that are unsupported by evidence and could expose patients to harm. CNA is the first non-physician national group in Canada to publish a CWC list of recommendations. Visit cna-aiic.ca/choosingwisely

Nursing framework on medical assistance in dying

CNA’s newly released national framework outlines the role of nurses and NPs and supports them in their practice when caring for patients who are considering end-of-life decisions. It also highlights the changes to the Criminal Code and other federal laws through Canada’s new MAID legislation, which permits MAID under certain circumstances. Read the framework at cna-aiic.ca/maid

CNA on the Hill

In anticipation of the return of the House of Commons on January 30, CNA held a media conference, calling for governments to agree on urgent funding to improve home care, including an accountability framework and more support for family caregivers. Read more about our advocacy work at cna-aiic.ca/onthehill

Digital Health

CNA is collaborating with Canada Health Infoway on the second national survey of registered nurses and nurse practitioners. Its aim is to understand the use and benefits of digital health technologies in nursing practice across a variety of practice settings. The survey is open till March 17. Take it at 2017nursessurvey.ca.

Mobile nursing technologies in First Nations communities

CNA is preparing to launch an innovative mobile health app that will empower nurses working in First Nations communities to better focus on their clients by allowing them to more securely and easily capture, update and share information. Learn more at cna-aiic.ca/news

Sharing expertise

Representatives of CNA are regularly called upon to share expertise on nursing policy and practice issues. On March 31 senior nurse advisor Josette Roussel will present on policy and advocacy to students and faculty at a Université du Québec en Outaouais conference. On the same day, CEO Anne Sutherland Boal will deliver remarks about CNA’s advocacy on medical assistance in dying (and other issues) at the annual conference of the Nursing Leadership Network of Ontario (NLN.ON).

Leadership development

On June 22, following our annual meeting of members in Ottawa, CNA will host a one-day Dorothy Wylie Health Leaders Institute workshop focused on personal resilience and leadership. Visit cna-aiic.ca/leadership for details and to register, while spaces are available.

Watch for these in 2017

Canadian Nurse

This leading magazine presents expert opinions, ideas, research and news to inform and inspire nurses. RNs’ voices were again featured in the January/February issue:

  • Educator Debra North of Scarborough’s Centennial College wrote about why she insists that her students learn to recognize the value of physical assessment skills.
  • Lynda Balneaves of the University of Manitoba’s college of nursing expressed concerns that cannabis research will continue to focus on the social harms rather than the potential therapeutic benefits.
  • Quebec’s Lucie Lemelin is the Nurse to Know. A professor at Université du Québec en Outaouais, Lemelin’s research focuses on helping young families adopt healthy lifestyle habits.

For these and other articles visit canadian-nurse.com

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