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CNA Webinar Series

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 — March 7
  2. An evidence-based review of opioid agonist treatments and what they mean for nursing practice — April 4
  3. Supervised consumption sites: Where are we now? — May 2
  4. Creating safe spaces in health care for people who use drugs — May 30
  5. Cannabis in Canada: Implications for nursing in a changing legal and health-care landscape — June 27

Be part of the conversation. The registration link can be found below each webinar.

Certified nurses may apply webinars toward their continuous learning hours.

4. Creating safe spaces in health care for people who use drugs

Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 12-1p.m. ET

Register today!

Illicit drug use is often highly stigmatized. As a result, people who use drugs may feel it’s not safe to access care. Stigma acts as a barrier to accessing health services and can affect the provision of nursing care. Harm reduction and cultural safety, when used as clinical frameworks for practice, have been found to help mitigate stigma and enhance access to health care for people who use illicit drugs.

Join this webinar to gain an understanding of:

  • The basics of culturally safe approaches to care for people who use drugs
  • Important considerations and strategies for disrupting drug-related stigma in health-care settings

Presented by:

Bernie Pauly, RN, PhD
Bernie Pauly is a registered nurse and associate professor in the school of nursing at the University of Victoria. She is a scientist at the Centre for Addictions Research of B.C., a recipient of the University of Victoria’s Community Engaged Scholar Award and Island Health’s Scholar in Residence Award. Her program of research is focused on health equity, substance use and harm reduction. She is currently leading a Canadian Institutes of Health Research-funded study on the effectiveness and implementation of managed alcohol programs in Canada and the Equity Lens in Public Health Program into the role and contributions of public health to reduce health inequities. She has worked collaboratively with peer-run organizations of people who use drugs for 10 years and is currently a board member of the Society of Living Illicit Drug Users (SOLID). She has conducted research on cultural safety in health care and her work has informed regional, provincial and national policy on health equity, substance use and harm reduction.


Jill Cater
Jill Cater is a published poet, accomplished public speaker and group facilitator. She is currently the secretary/treasurer of the Society of Living Illicit Drug Users (SOLID) and a long-standing member of its board of directors. SOLID, located in Victoria, B.C., is a peer-run organization dedicated to improving the lives and well-being of people who use drugs. Jill is committed to ending the stigma faced by people who use drugs. She supports working together through meaningful dialogue to help reduce stigma. She has taken an active role in educating communities about the stigma faced by marginalized populations and clarifying myths and misinformation about people who use illicit drugs as part of reducing stigma.

Webinar troubleshooting

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