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Common Nursing Negligence Issues in Canada

The Canadian Association of Medical and Surgical Nurses is pleased to be partnering up with Connect Medical Legal Experts to provide CAMSN members with access to all four articles in a series exploring the most common nursing negligence issues in Canada. Visit the Education Corner to read the first of these articles!! Future articles will be posted to the Education Corner in December, January and February. Watch for opportunities to participate in valuable discussion questions and the chance to win some prizes!

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.


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 https://www.connectmlx.com/contact-us

Suspicious E-mails

CASMN has been notified that some of our members have received suspicious e-mails from camsnexecutives@gmail.com. Unfortunately, camsnexecutives@gmail.com has been compromised. Please do not respond to the e-mails or click on any links provided. We are in the process of fixing this issue and creating a better strategy for delivering the quarterly newsletters to our valued members. Due to our concerns regarding the gmail account, the November newsletter will not be e-mailed to members. It will be posted to the website as well as CAMSN’s official Facebook page.

If you need to contact a CAMSN executive member, please visit https://medsurgnurse.ca/ for contact information.

CAMSN would like to reassure CAMSN members that this account was only used to send out the quarterly newsletters and contained no member information other than e-mail addresses.

Certification Renewal Deadline is Approaching

Years ago you became CNA certified.
You prepped for a rigorous exam.

You advanced in your speciality and worked hard to maintain your valuable national credential.

Your CNA certification means you are:
  • Recognized nationally for your practice excellence
  • Valued by many employers, because your certification demonstrates specialized knowledge
  • Recognized for your clear commitment to lifelong learning
  • Viewed as having enhanced professional credibility by showing you Care to Be the Best!

Do not let all your efforts go to waste.

The deadline to renew by rewriting the certification exam has now passed.
You may still renew by submitting your 100 hours of continuous learning (CL)  activities by NOVEMBER 30th, 2017.

Please note:
If you have already renewed your certification, thank you and please disregard this message. If you do not renew your certification, your credential will remain valid until December 31, 2017; after this date, your certification will lapse and you will not be permitted to use the nursing designation initials after your name in your practice.

Inactive status option: If you are unable to renew in 2017 due to personal or professional reasons, you may choose to apply for inactive status. This provides you with an additional three-year period to meet the renewal requirements. You cannot use your credential until your certification is reactivated.
As one of Canada’s 17,000 CNA-certified nurses, we applaud your leadership and your demonstrated commitment to your profession. You clearly appreciate the value of certification and understand its advantages for your team’s ability to provide better care to your patients. We look forward to working with you on continuing your CNA certification.
If you have any questions please contact certification@cna-aiic.ca or call 1-800-361-8404.

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.