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May 2017

May 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.

New CEO named for CNA

CNA confirmed the appointment of Mike Villeneuve, RN, M.Sc., to the position of CEO. This appointment, which takes effect June 1, 2017, comes ahead of the forthcoming retirement of current CEO Anne Sutherland Boal.

For the past five years, Villeneuve has been a lecturer in public policy, leadership and administration at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg faculty of nursing at the University of Toronto, where he also served as program lead for the master of nursing in health systems leadership and administration program. Learn more.

Happy National Nursing Week

May 8-14 is your week to celebrate! Use the theme #YESThisIsNursing in your events and on social media to showcase to the public the breadth and depth of nursing. CNA extends a special thanks for all that you do to contribute to positive outcomes for patients, clients, families and communities. Download the posters at cna-aiic.ca/nationalnursingweek

Substance use trends in Canada – what nurses need to know

Participate in these free webinars:

Supervised consumption sites: Where are we now?
English: May 2
French: May 2

Creating safe spaces in health care for people who use drugs
English: May 30
French: June 7

Cannabis in Canada: Implications for nursing in a changing legal and
health-care landscape

English: June 27
French: June 29 TBC

Visit webinar.cna-aiic.ca for times, presenters’ names and to register

Expanded Seniors Care to Boost Demand for Nurses, Report Says

In Future Care for Canadian Seniors: A Primer on Nursing Supply and Demand — a new Conference Board of Canada report co-sponsored by CNA — researchers are projecting a greater demand for nursing care provided to seniors in retirement communities, private, residential or long-term care homes, and other facilities. The demand will increase even more as a result of recent decisions to expand home- and community-based care services and implement new dementia and palliative care strategies. Read more about the findings and solutions at cna-aiic.ca/news

Leadership development workshop

Are you visiting Ottawa for Canada’s 150th or for CNA’s annual meeting of members (June 21)? Add a career development day to your travel plans and join us at the Dorothy Wylie Health Leaders workshop. The program will focus on practices and approaches to developing effective and resilient leadership. Visit cna-aiic.ca/leadership for details and to register, while spaces are available.

Federal Budget Removes Legislative Barriers to Nurse Practitioners

The federal government’s latest budget, delivered in March, included a new measure that enables nurse practitioners to certify patients for the federal disability tax credit. CNA applauds this long-awaited breakthrough that sets the precedent for changes to other similar pieces of federal legislation. The budget also:

  • Confirmed the $6 billion in federal investments over 10 years dedicated to home care in provinces and territories that have signed bilateral funding agreements
  • Simplified existing tax measures for family caregivers by consolidating three tax credits into one

Learn more at cna-aiic.ca/news

Watch for these

CNA board meetings: June 19-20 and November 20-21

CNA annual meeting of members: June 21, Ottawa

150 nurses for Canada 150: July, online at cna-aiic.ca

CNA benefits

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