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CNA @ Work for Nursing

September 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 on behalf of Canada’s nurses. Our recent work includes:

  • Securing the role of RNs and NPs in federal legislation on medical assistance in dying (Bill C-14) by ensuring they have protection from Criminal Code prosecution.
  • Strengthening federal Budget 2016 investments [PDF, 297.3 KB] to improve socio-economic conditions for Indigenous students living in rural and remote communities by pushing the Liberal government to include $8.4 billion over five years for education, infrastructure, training and other programs.

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.

Canadian Nurse

Ottawa’s Marion Rattray is the Nurse to Know in the September issue of Canadian Nurse. She was a pioneer in pediatric palliative care who worked with dying children to ensure the time they had left was the best it could be. For this article and more visit canadian-nurse.com.

Global health

In May CNA presented on two topics at the sixth ICN Triad meeting in Geneva:

  • How regulation can advance the nursing profession and still protect the public
  • Emerging issues for nursing

In addition, Karima Velji (CNA president 2014-2016) joined Canada’s official delegation at the World Health Assembly. Invited by the minister of health, the Hon. 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.

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 for the benefit of nurses and their clients. The next leadership program will run from October 24 to 28. healthleadersinstitute.ca

CNA Certification Program

The program is celebrating its 25th year and accepting applications to renew certification by continuous learning until November 30, 2016. The application period for initial certification will begin in early 2017. Stay tuned to getcertified.cna-aiic.ca.

Canadian Network of Nursing Specialties

Two new groups have joined the network in 2016:

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist Association of Canada
  • Canadian Association of Self Employed Registered Nurses

The network now has 46 groups, representing over 59,000 nurses, that support excellence in specialized nursing knowledge and practice. Members use the network to connect with experts in their field, communicate and share knowledge, collaborate with their peers and gain strength in numbers. cna-aiic.ca/network

CNA code of ethics

CNA is updating its 2008 Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses to ensure it reflects societal changes and the needs of nurses in their practice. The revised draft of the code went out for consultation this summer with release in 2017. cna-aiic.ca/ethics

Building a National Action Plan for Better Home Care

Pan-Canadian consultations to develop a National Action Plan for Better Home Care in Canada have already led to extensive consultations including one in Ottawa. The goal is to provide the federal government and other stakeholders with concrete actions to scale up high-quality home care services for all Canadians. CNA, the Canadian Home Care Association and the College of Family Physicians of Canada are leading the consultations. thehomecareplan.ca


CNA has a number of tools to help nurses improve patient health outcomes through better design and delivery of care at nurseone.ca/en/tools, including:

  • CNA/CFNU Evidence-based Safe Nurse Staffing Toolkit
  • De-stigmatizing Practices and Mental Illness — learning module
  • Improve Your Practice Environment — learning module
  • Social Determinants of Health — e-learning course
  • Primary Care Toolkit
  • Health in All Polices Toolkit

Career opportunities

Visit nursingcareerscanada.ca, CNA's national job board. Free for job seekers. nursingcareerscanada.ca

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