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CNA @ Work for Nursing

October 2016

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.

CNA on the Hill

CNA is continually advocating for nurses. Among our recent work:

  • Recommendations to the Commons committee on fi nance that the 2017 budget include:
    • greater investments in home care with additional support for family caregivers
    • funds to establish a national commission for integrated health care
    • a spending accountability framework in the new health accord

Visit cna-aiic.ca/onthehill for more.

CNA benefits

Being a part of CNA includes a subscription to Canadian Nurse, membership in the International Council of Nurses (ICN), certification program and professional development discounts, access to leading resources, preferred rates for insurance mortgage rates and more. For a full list visit cna-aiic.ca/benefits.

Council of the Federation Yukon meeting

Barb Shellian attended her fi rst event as CNA president at the July COF meeting in Whitehorse. In a statement made after the meeting, Shellian said she was pleased to see premiers looking at innovative care models that prioritize home- and community-based care over long-term care institutionalization. View our photo album at facebook.com/CNA.AIIC/.

Francophone nursing matters

CNA is a member of the Secrétariat International des Infi rmières et Infi rmiers de l’Espace Francophone (SIDIIEF), an international organization that facilitates the sharing of nursing knowledge and experience throughout the French-speaking world to contribute to health development and the improvement of the quality of nursing care. CNA presented at the latest SIDIIEF conference, held in Montreal in 2015.

Canadian Nurse

A private member’s bill calling for a dementia strategy in Canada, proposed by Conservative MP Rob Nicholson and seconded by Liberal MP Rob Oliphant, is featured in this issue of Canadian Nurse.

Nurses’ voices are again prominent in recent issues:

  • June 2016, “Comparing Personal Health Practices: Individuals with Mental Illness and the General Canadian Population,” a peer-reviewed article by seven co-authors (six from Ontario)
  • May 2016, “Making her career her own,” by Samantha Blackburn

For these other articles by nurses visit canadian-nurse.com/.

RN Philippe Voyer, a Université Laval professor, recently authored an “Ask the Expert” column, providing practical communication tips for nurses and families who are caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Other articles have highlighted Quebec nurses, such as “A Political Force for Health,” which profiled Quebec MPs Eva Nassif and Christine Moore, both of whom have a nursing background.

Canadian Nurses Protective Society

CNA and CNPS are combining their efforts in providing Ontario nurses with the convenience of accessing exclusive products and services. Visit join.cna-aiic.ca.

Promoting nursing roles

Through reports, presentations and campaigns, CNA is creating awareness about the impact of registered nurses, clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners on Canada’s publicly funded, not-for-profit health-care system. CNA has also developed key documents for the profession, such as the Framework for Registered Nurse Prescribing in Canada and Pan-Canadian Core Competencies for the Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Global health

In September, CNA senior nurse advisor Josette Roussel was among 900 delegates from 26 countries who participated in the 9th ICN International Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nursing Network (INP/APNN) conference in Hong Kong. Attendees explored the ways different countries are introducing, implementing and developing advanced practice nursing. Roussel also gave a poster presentation, called “Advanced Practice Nurses: How a Primary Health Care Approach can Optimize Their Impact.”

Biennial convention and annual meeting of members video highlights

Whether you were unable to join us in Saint John or simply want to relive some of the key moments, check out our video clips, including Health Minister Jane Philpott’s remarks on priority health-care issues and Barb Shellian’s inaugural speech as CNA president. youtube.com/CNAVideos

Dorothy Wylie Health Leaders Institute

This forward-thinking institute, named after a pioneering leader in nursing education in Ontario, has educated over 2,400 nurses. CNA is proud to continue this tradition by partnering with the institute to help it expand across Canada to benefit nurses, their patients and clients. healthleadersinstitute.ca

CNA Certification Program

“Since 2006 we’ve had certification for enterostomal therapists, and it has done wonders for my career and for therapists helping patients across the country,” says Kimberly LeBlanc of Kingston, a CNA-certified enterostomal therapy nurse and recipient of the 2016 CNA Order of Merit Award for nursing education. Watch her talk about the impact of certification on her career and her work to prevent and treat skin tears at youtube.com/CNAVideos.

If your certification needs renewing this year, renew by November 30, 2016, to keep it current. Visit getcertified.cna-aiic.ca for 2017 dates.

Progress in Practice Webinar Series

Nurses interested in professional development can turn to CNA’s topical and insightful webinar series. Register for free sessions this fall, including a webinar on evaluating public health nursing. If you missed a previous webinar, recordings are always available on our website. Get the schedule at webinar.cna-aiic.ca.

Career opportunities

Visit nursingcareerscanada.ca, CNA’s national job board. Free for job seekers. Upload your current resumé — does it list your membership in the national professional nursing association? nursingcareerscanada.ca

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