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CNA Webinar Series

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Recordings of past webinars

Please note that the link to register for the English webinars is different than the link to register for the French webinars.

Starting a conversation to improve patient safety

Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 12-1 p.m. ET

Join the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada and the Canadian Nurses Association to learn about the Five Questions to Ask About Your Medications list and the Choosing Wisely Canada list of Nine Things Nurses and Patients Should Question. See how these tools were developed to help patients and providers engage in conversations to improve patient safety.

Presented by:

Alice Watt, B.Sc.(Pharm), R.Ph.
Medication Safety Specialist, ISMP Canada

Alice joined ISMP Canada in 2007 after receiving her B.Sc.(Pharm.) from the University of British Columbia. She actively practises in a community hospital as a clinical pharmacist and has over 15 years of experience in community and acute care settings. Alice focuses on medication safety and incident analysis and has a passion for engaging consumers and health-care practitioners in safe medication practices.


Karey Shuhendler, RN, MN, CCHN(C)
Policy Advisor, Canadian Nurses Association

Karey contributes to the development of work aimed at improving health outcomes for Canadians. She is passionate about the fields of public and community health nursing, as mechanisms to protect and promote the health of the public, and has demonstrated that passion through nursing and policy work in Canada and abroad. Karey led the development of CNA’s Choosing Wisely Canada nursing list, a tool to guide nurse-patient conversations aimed at reducing unnecessary care.

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Substance use trends in Canada: What nurses need to know — A five-part series

Join this series and hear nurse experts discuss some of today’s key questions regarding substance use. What roles are nurses playing to prevent and respond to these complex health issues? Learn more about nursing approaches, the nurse-client relationship and how to address the substance use stigma. The five webinars will examine:

  1. Opioid overdose prevention basics for nurses
  2. An evidence-based review of opioid agonist treatments and what they mean for nursing practice
  3. Supervised consumption sites: Where are we now?
  4. Creating safe spaces in health care for people who use drugs
  5. Cannabis in Canada: Implications for nursing in a changing legal and health-care landscape

Be part of the conversation. Registration opening soon!

Certified nurses may apply webinars toward their continuous learning hours.

1. Opioid overdose prevention basics for nurses

Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 12-1 p.m. ET

This session will introduce the principles of harm reduction and provide a basic overview of evidence-based overdose prevention strategies for direct care nurses. Strategies will include administration of naloxone, supervised injection and peer engagement strategies. Further resources will be provided and webinar participants will have an opportunity to ask questions about the overdose crisis. This session will be co-facilitated with a nursing leader and a peer naloxone trainer from the PHS Community Services Society.

Presented by:

Meaghan Thumath, RN, BSN, MScPH
Senior Practice Leader
Trudeau Scholar, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford;
Addiction Nursing Fellow, B.C. Centre for Disease Control

Meaghan is a registered nurse and part-time senior practice leader at the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, where she started her career as a street nurse and has moved into policy and leadership roles concerning overdoses and HIV/AIDS. She is currently working on her PhD as a joint Trudeau Scholar at the University of Oxford's centre for evidence-based intervention and the University of British Columbia’s school of nursing. Her research interests include substance use and gender and health equity. As a clinical nurse specialist, Meaghan has provided technical assistance to international organizations — such as UNAIDS, the World Bank, and the United Nations Development Programme — to support improved access to care for people who use drugs in Central Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, West and North Africa, and Eastern Europe. In Canada she was the clinical coordinator of Insite and also led the implementation of B.C.’s STOP HIV/AIDS program. Meaghan completed a bachelor of science in nursing at the University of British Columbia and a master’s of science in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.


Coco Culbertson

Coco has been an anti-poverty activist and harm reduction leader in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside community since 2000. Her work with the PHS Community Services Society has been focused on peer and community development. Coco has been in senior management with the society for over a decade and has been at the forefront of program development and reducing barriers for community members to access housing, employment and health care.

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For questions about the CNA webinar series, contact Leah Menard at lmenard@cna-aiic.ca.