NEW!!! Nursing Certification: Registered Practical Nurses

The Canadian Nurses Association offers 22 nursing practice specialties. The certification credential is part of a respected national certification program.

Specialty certification provides official recognition by nursing colleagues and health system stakeholders of the unique community practice focus and that certified nurses are qualified, competent, and current in the practice of their area of nursing.

In 2019 we introduced our first certification for registered practical nurses.  The Gerontological nursing exam. The official designation letters, GPNC(C), are engraved on the pin provided to candidates who have successfully passed the rigorous national practice and knowledge requirements of the certification exam. We encourage you to wear your certification pin with pride.

In 2020, a second exam, medical-surgical nursing for registered practical nurses, will be offered for November 1-15 exam window. Application will open on June 1st, 2020

Important Notice to all Members: 2020 Conference Cancelled


After much discussion and consideration, and considering the latest COVID-19 developments, the executive committee of CAMSN has decided to cancel the in-person May 25-26, 2020 conference that was to be held in Montréal, Québec. Please see below for further detail. We welcome any questions you might have. – CAMSN Executive

March 19 is Certified Nurses Day

Attention all certified nurses! Did you know that March 19 is Certified Nurses Day? It’s an international day of recognition celebrating certified nurses’ contribution to the profession.

Certified Nurses Day was created by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Nurses Association in 2008. It is held on March 19 to commemorate the birthday of Margretta‘Gretta’ Madden Styles, the renowned American nurse credentialing expert who advanced practice and regulation for more than two decades worldwide.

For Certified Nurses Day on March 19, we’re inviting all CNA-certified RNs to proudly wear their certification pins on that day. On social media, celebrate the day by using the “Proud to be CNA-certified” Facebook frame with a photo of yourself. Also, take a few moments to share your story about why you became nationally certified in your nursing specialty.

Don’t forget to use the #IamCNAcertifiedbecause: and tag us on our CAMSN facebook page so we can celebrate with you!

CNA Certification Discovery Week 2019

Have you ever thought about obtaining your CNA certification medical-surgical nursing? January 27th, – February 2nd is CNA Certification Discovery week!

The CNA Certification program offers the only nationally recognized nursing specialty credential. Certified nurses are committed to an advanced standard of professional competence directly correlated with improved patient outcomes.

“Obtaining my medical-surgical certification through the Canadian Nurses’ Association has been one of the biggest milestones of my career. The credential of being a certified medical-surgical nurse has helped me to establish greater trust with my patients and colleagues. Doing CNA certification is a journey in which you end up feeling validated in your knowledge and more confident as a practitioner. My medical-surgical certification has benefited me in my roles as a staff nurse, educator, and researcher. I am proud to now be of the five medical-surgical certification nurse mentors in Canada and I hope to help others benefit from certification as well.”

– Laura Vogelsang, RN, PhD(C), CMSN(C), CCNE, CCCI

Common Nursing Negligence Issues in Canada

The Canadian Association of Medical and Surgical Nurses would like to thank Connect Medical Legal Experts for providing CAMSN members with access to all four articles in a series exploring the most common nursing negligence issues in Canada. These articles can also be found under the Education Corner tab.

1 – Miscommunication the Leading Cause of Malpractice Lawsuits Against Nurses
2 – Legal Issues in Nursing; Assessment
3 – Legal Issues in Nursing; Medication Errors
4 – Legal Issues in Nursing; Infection Control and Equipment Errors

Chris Rokosh is a popular speaker on medical legal issues in nursing across Canada and the U.S. She is an RN and founder of Connect Medical Legal Experts, a Calgary-based leader in Expert Witness Services, with a database of hundreds of medical, nursing and cost of future care experts across the country.

Chris Rokosh has recently published a book titled, “Shift. Change. Empowering Nurses with Medical Legal Knowledge.” It is now available for purchase at:


Connect Medical Legal Experts
Since 2001Connect Medical Legal Experts has been a bridge between the Medical and Legal worlds, providing healthcare expertise to lawyers and medical legal education to healthcare.

Our mission is to openly share medical legal knowledge and expertise, with a goal of improving healthcare and legal outcomes.
Our vision is to positively impact healthcare by creating mutually beneficial relationships between healthcare and law. This vision drives us to serve tirelessly, with great passion and unscrupulous integrity.

A Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC) is a licensed, registered nurse who performs a critical analysis of clinical and administrative nursing practice, healthcare facts and issues and their outcomes for the legal and healthcare professions. For more information on LNC or if you’re interested in getting involved with Connect Medical Legal Experts, visit

New CNA Code of Ethics is now available

The CNA Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses is a statement of the ethical values of registered nurses and nurses licensed in extended roles, such as nurse practitioners. It demonstrates nurses’ commitments to persons with health-care needs and persons receiving care.

2017 highlights
This edition of the Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses contains new and updated content that reflects the contemporary practice needs of registered nurses and nurses licensed in extended roles. Examples include:
– New content addressing medical assistance in dying
– Updated terminology and definitions such as:
          – advance care planning
          – equity
          – primary health care
          – job action
          – medical assistance in dying
          – workplace bullying
– Updated ethics models including Oberle and Raffin Bouchal
– New content on advocating for quality work environments that support the delivery of safe, compassionate, competent and ethical care
– Updated references

Hard copies of the full 2017 edition of the Code and the pocket version are available for purchase:
See more, including nine e-learning modules, at:


Canada’s Nursing Sisters

In honour of National Nursing Week (May 8th-14th), learn about the history of the Nursing Sisters in Canada. Battle nursing, a concept begun by Florence Nightingale, found its way to Canada in 1885.

“This tribute to Canadian Nursing Sisters tells of these brave and dedicated women. Their story is one of humour as well as anguish. It is a story of unyielding women who braved all the hardships of war to do their duty and serve their patients, and of those who nursed the casualties left in the wake of war.”

Enjoy the rest of this publication, retrieved from Veterans Affairs Canada’s Remembrance Series, at: