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Care to Be the Best: Medical-Surgical Nursing

“I chose to obtain CNA Certification to challenge myself. I found that making the commitment to write the exam was the hardest part. The actual studying for the exam was invigorating. When I renewed by continuous learning, I was surprised how quickly the hours accumulated. It was an incentive for me to attend grand rounds at the hospital and a conference every year, which were stimulating and proved to be great networking. I highly recommend challenging yourselves!”

Brenda Lane, RN, MN, CMSN(C)
President, Canadian Association of Medical and Surgical Nurses

Did you know
over 460 medical-surgical RNs across Canada now have their national CMSN(C) certification designation?

Alberta…………………………… 73
British Columbia………………… 36
Manitoba………………………… 38
New Brunswick…………………. 13
Newfoundland & Labrador…….. 30
Nova Scotia…………………….. 29
Northwest Territories……………. 6
Prince Edward Island…………… 21
Quebec………………………….. 43
Saskatchewan………………….. 31

What distinguishes CNA-certified nurses
• Advanced clinical expertise with a commitment to lifelong learning
• Recognized specialty knowledge, authenticated by national standards
• Dedication to evidence-based care and patient safety

What employers of certified nurses are saying about certification
• Confirms an RN’s enhanced competency and specialized knowledge
• Helps to recruit and retain the best nurses
• Fosters safe, high-quality care and raises the entire education culture


Window to renew by continuous learning for 2017 is still open – deadline is November 30th.

Note: Once CNA certified, your CMSN(C) credential is valid for a five-year term.

Influence Change in Wound Care

Seeking health-care professionals’ knowledge, attitudes and practices related to pressure injuries in Canada

Deadline extended to October 10th, 2017.


Dear colleagues,

You are invited to participate in a brief survey studying health-care professionals’ knowledge and perception of pressure injuries and how pressure injuries are managed in practice.

Your input will help us discover barriers to knowledge translation related to pressure injury assessment, prediction, prevention and management. Results of this study will be submitted to a indexed, peer-reviewed wound care journal and an abstract for oral or poster presentation will be submitted to the Wounds Canada abstract committee.

Share your input:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3PPX6LS

Please answer the survey by October 10th, 2017.

For questions please contact Kim Leblanc by telephone at 613-864-1029 or via email 13kl37@queensu.ca.

Thank you in advance for participating in this study.

Kimberly LeBlanc MN, RN, CETN (C), PhD (Cand)

Note: Each participant is responsible to ascertain if they need additional approval from their place of employment to complete the survey. Consent will be implied by each participant’s completion and submission of the completed survey via Survey Monkey’s online site. At no time will the researcher have access to the participants’ personal information. If you have any concerns about your rights as a research participant please contact Dr. Albert Clark at 1-844-535-2988.

Specialized Nursing and Advanced Practice Nursing Roles in Canada

We are inviting you to complete an online questionnaire examining Specialized Nursing and Advanced Practice Nursing roles in Canada.

You are eligible to participate in the survey if you:

  • currently work in a clinical role involving the direct care of patients AND
  • are a Registered Nurse with Canadian Nursing Association certification in a specialized area of practice, OR
  • are a Clinical Nurse Specialist or Nurse Practitioner with or without specialty certification.

The questionnaire is available in English or French. There are no right or wrong answers. We are interested in your views and practice experiences.
The information collected will be used to support the optimal development and use of these roles within the healthcare system.
Attached with this email is an information letter providing you with more details about the purpose of this study and your participation.
Participation in the study is voluntary and you can withdraw from the study at anytime. This study has been approved by the Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board.


To complete the questionnaire in English, click on the following link: https://surveys.mcmaster.ca/limesurvey/index.php/316821?lang=en

To complete the questionnaire in French, click on the following link: https://surveys.mcmaster.ca/limesurvey/index.php/316821?lang=fr

This questionnaire will take 5 to 15 minutes to complete. Please answer all of the questions as completely and accurately as possible. All of your responses will be anonymous. Study results will be presented in aggregate form so that no individuals can be identified in the reporting of this information.

If you have any concerns or questions about your rights as a participant you can contact: Krista Jokiniemi at jokiniek@mcmaster.ca or at 905-525-9140 x. 22408.

On behalf of the research team, thank you for your time and consideration!

IBD Survey for Registered Nurses

Please find attached a survey link on healthcare transition for Canadian nurses who work with pediatric or young adult patients living with IBD.

Your support in distributing and/or promoting this national survey call is greatly appreciated as we work together to improve healthcare transition.

This nursing-led research project was funded by Crohn’s and Colitis Canada in association with CANIBD.

Survey Link: https://tinyurl.com/IBDnursesonHCT
Poster: IBD Nurses on HCT

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:


August Newsletter

Check your e-mails for the CAMSN August Newsletter!!
**Remember that the newsletters are sent from camsnexecutives@gmail.com**

To receive the newsletters, you must be a CAMSN member.

If you are currently a CAMSN member but did not receive the newsletter, please contact Crystal Côté at crystal.cote@mail.mcgill.ca to ensure that the e-mail address we have on file is correct.

NETNEP 2018: The 7th International Nurse Education Conference


NETNEP 2018: 7th International Nurse Education Conference will take place May 6 – 9, 2018 in Banff, Canada.
As with previous events in the series, NETNEP 2018 will facilitate the sharing of knowledge and experience of nursing, midwifery and healthcare workforce education worldwide.
Keynote talks will be supplemented by oral presentations; short talks with accompanying poster; posters and ‘rapid 5s’ (5 minute oral presentations) for which abstracts are invited by September 1, 2017 on the following conference themes:

  • Teaching & assessment
  • Learning in practice – Clinical education
  • New technologies, simulation and social media in teaching and practice
  • Curriculum innovation & development
  • Evidence and educational discourse
  • Research, scholarship and evaluation
  • Professional development & leadership
For more information and to submit abstracts visit: www.elsevier.com/netnep-conference