Stunning Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) Est. 1924

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The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), known in French as the Association des infirmières et infirmiers du Canada (AIIC), is the national professional association representing registered nurses, nurse practitioners, licensed and registered practical nurses, registered psychiatric nurses and retired nurses across all 13 provinces and territories 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.

History of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA)

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).

Leadership of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA)

  • 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
woman in blue scrub suit standing beside man in white button up shirt, Canadian Nurses Association (CNA)
Canadian Nurses Association (CNA)

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.

Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) Certification

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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.

Who Are They

CNA is the national and global professional voice of Canadian nursing. We represent registered nurses, nurse practitioners, licensed and registered practical nurses, registered psychiatric nurses, retired nurses and nursing students across all 13 provinces and territories.

MEMBER BENEFITS

Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) Purpose

  • to advance nursing excellence and positive health outcomes in the public interest;
  • to promote profession-led regulation in the public interest;
  • to act in the public interest for Canadian nursing and nurses, providing national and international leadership in nursing and health; and
  • to advocate in the public interest for a publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.

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Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) Goals

In pursuit of the vision and mission, CNA has established the following goals:

  • To promote and enhance the role of nurses to strengthen nursing and the Canadian health system.
  • To shape and advocate for healthy public policy provincially/territorially, nationally and internationally.
  • To advance nursing leadership for nursing and for health.
  • To broadly engage nurses in advancing nursing and health.

Bylaws [PDF, 428.5 KB]

CNA financial statements 2020 [PDF, 714.4 KB]

2020 Annual Report [PDF, 1.6 MB]

Mission of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA)

Our strength is in the knowledge, skill and influence of Canada’s nurses.

CNA is the national and global professional voice of Canadian nursing. We represent registered nurses, nurse practitioners, licensed and registered practical nurses, registered psychiatric nurses, retired nurses and nursing students across all 13 provinces and territories.

We advance the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada’s publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.

CNA speaks for Canadian nursing and represents the profession to other organizations and to governments, nationally and internationally. We give nurses a strong national association through which they can support each other and speak with one voice. We provide nurses with a core staff of nursing and health policy consultants and experts in other areas such as communication and testing.CNA’s MissionInfluencing healthy public policyEnsuring the voice of nurses is heardPromoting the roles of nurses

We advocate for you and your crucial roles in Canada’s publicly funded, not-for-profit health-care system. We ensure the nursing voice is heard when key decisions are being made about how health care is delivered in Canada.Learning opportunities.

Canadian Nurses Association

50 Driveway
Ottawa, ON K2P 1E2
Canada
Telephone: 613-237-2133 or 1-800-361-8404

Business hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. ET

NOTICE: To safeguard our employees and the community at large through social distancing, CNA staff members are working from home until further notice. CNA continues to deliver programs and services through phone, email and virtual technology. However, due to the volume of enquiries we are currently receiving, it may take several days to get back to you. Thank you for your understanding. DirectoryChange of address requests

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