Canadian Nurses Association
|Abbreviation||CNA or AIIC|
|Purpose||advocate and public voice, educator and network|
|Headquarters||Ottawa, Ontario, Canada|
|Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Licensed/Registered Practical Nurses, Registered Psychiatric Nurses, and retired nurses|
The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), known in French as the Association des infirmières et infirmiers du Canada (AIIC), is the national professional association representing over 135,000 nurses in Canada. CNA advances the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada's publicly funded, not-for-profit health system. CNA represents Canadian nursing to other organizations and to governments nationally and internationally. It gives nurses a strong national association through which they can support each other and speak with a powerful, unified voice. It provides nurses with a core staff of nursing and health policy consultants and experts in other areas such as communications and specialty certification. CNA's active role in legislative policy influences the health care decisions that affect nursing professionals every day. It has published a large number of documents, including the Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses.
In 1907, representatives of 16 organized nursing bodies met in Ottawa to form the Canadian National Association of Trained Nurses (CNATN). By 1911, CNATN comprised 28 affiliated member societies, including alumni associations of hospital schools of nursing as well as local and regional groups of nurses. By 1924, each of the nine provinces had a provincial nurse's organization with membership in CNATN, and in that year, the national group changed its name to the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA).
The CNA Dutch tulip Celebration Garden and plaque memorial, which were unveiled at the CNA building after 2002, is dedicated to the Canadian Nursing Sisters of World War II and Sharon Nield (Director nursing Policy 1943-2002).
- President: Tim Guest, RN, BScN, MBA
- President Elect: Sylvain Brousseau, RN, PhD
- Chief Executive Officer: Mike Villeneuve, RN, M.Sc., FAAN
- Chief Operating Officer: Donna Dewar, MBA, PMP
National Expert Commission
CNA created a National Expert Commission (NEC) in the spring of 2011 so it could draw on both external and internal expertise, gather evidence and participate effectively in the dialogue associated with the anticipated renewal of a national Health Accord for Canada in 2014. With the presentation of a final report in June 2012, the NEC has provided CNA with a blueprint, solidly based in evidence and best practices, to help nurses target what health outcomes they should work toward and lead a shift to a new and improved health system that will meet the growing and changing health needs of Canadians.
The NEC was co-chaired by Marlene Smadu and Maureen McTeer.
CNA certification is a nationally recognized nursing specialty credential. It is a voluntary credential for nurses who meet specific nursing practice, continuous learning and testing requirements. As of 2019, CNA certification is available to registered nurses, nurse practitioners and licensed/registered practical nurses. The first certification exam, offered in 1991, was in neuroscience nursing. Today, more than 16,000 nurses are CNA certified in one of 22 specialties.
Publications and Reports
- Framework for the Practice of Registered Nurses in Canada
- Principles to Guide Health Care Transformation in Canada (joint publication between CNA and the Canadian Medical Association)
- Harm Reduction and Currently Illegal Drugs: Implications for Nursing Policy, Practice, Education and Research
- Social Justice: A Means to an End, an End in Itself, 2nd Edition
- Recommendations of the Canadian Nurse Practitioner Initiative, 2009
- Nurses at the Forefront of HIV/AIDS
- CNA's Canadian Network of Nursing Specialties
- Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association
- List of nursing organizations
There is a Canadian Nurses Association fond at Library and Archives Canada. The archival reference number is R4440, former archival reference number MG28-I248. The fond covers the date range 1858 to 1998. It consists of 32.2 meters of textual records, approximately 10,000 photographs, and a number of other media records.
- "Finding aid to the Canadian Nurses Association fonds at Library and Archives Canada" (PDF). Retrieved July 30, 2020.
- "Canadian Nurses Association fonds description at Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved July 30, 2020.