CNA’s Biennial Convention

CNA’s 2018 Biennial Convention is coming, and they welcome your ideas to help shape a successful event.

Save the date: June 18-20, 2018 in Ottawa!!

“Moving primary health care (PHC) forward for nursing and Canadians is a strategic priority for CNA. PHC is a philosophy and approach that is integral to improving the health of all Canadians and the effectiveness of health service delivery in all care settings. PHC focuses on the way services are delivered and puts the people who receive those services at the centre of care. We would like your input on how CNA’s 2018 biennial convention can help us all move this priority forward.” – Canadian Nurses Association

Please take five minutes to complete their survey by Friday, April 21, 2017.


Canadian Association of Nurses in HIV/AIDS Care Conference

The Canadian Association of Nurses in HIV/AIDS Care invites you to join them in Regina, SK. May 4-6, 2017 for their 25th Annual National Conference!

For the conference this year, they are looking to gain insight and knowledge from nurses, peers, and other professionals who have been involved in HIV care for 10+ years. They are conducting some interviews on health care providers’ experiences in HIV care (via email questionnaire, phone, or in person – if you reside in Toronto or Vancouver). If you are interested, please contact Serena Chalmers or Ezra Paul for further information:
(778) 997-3247


Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association Biennial Conference 2017

The Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association is hosting their 19th Biennial Conference May 4-6th, 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario!

“The CGNA Biennial conference is the only event of its kind that focuses on all facets of education, practice and research in the care of older adults. With an increasing aging population, it is critical that gerontological nurses remain engaged with the latest developments in research and practice in the field. The CGNA conference is a key educational and networking event for nurses, students, educators, policy makers, administrators and all others in the field of gerontological nursing.” – CGNA

Visit the link for more information:

Quarterly Newsletters

After a brief hiatus, the Canadian Association of Medical and Surgical Nurses’ newsletters are back!! To receive the newsletters, you must be a CAMSN member. Membership is FREE! In addition to receiving the newsletters, being a member will mean you are kept up-to-date with CAMSN activities. Visit Membership for details on how to easily become a member.

Our website has also undergone a few exciting changes, including the addition of the Education Corner. Educational pieces aimed at serving the interest and learning needs of medical-surgical nurses will be added quarterly. 

If you are currently a CAMSN member but did not receive the newsletter, please contact Crystal Côté at to ensure that the e-mail address we have on file is correct. **The newsletters have been sent from**


CNA Certification is Making a Difference!

The Canadian Nurses Association recently shared a Literature Review outlining the positive impact that certification has had on patient outcomes:

  1. Mortality Rates & Failure to Rescue – Several studies found certified nurses were able to recognize and respond to a deteriorating patient quicker than non-certified nurses and that certification was associated with decreased mortality and failure to rescue rates (Cary, 2001; Martin, Arenas-Montoya & Barnetty, 2015; Kendall-Gallagher, Aiken, Sloane & Cimiotti, 201)
  2. Infection Control – Lower rates of central line associated bloodstream infections associated with higher rates of certified nurses (Boyle et al, 2014; William, Lopez & Lewis, 2013)
  3. Falls – Higher certification rates linked with lower total patient falls (Boltzet al, 2013; Kendall-Gallagher & Blegen (2009); Lange et al (2009)

Become part of the growing network of over 17,000 CNA-certified RNs across the country! Spring registration is currently open!! See the CNA Certification tab for more details.

National Nursing Framework on Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID)

At the 2016 CAMSN Conference, attendees had the honour of hearing from Dr. Qaiser Fahim MBBS, MHSc (Bioethics) on Patient-Directed Medical Assistance in Dying. Although his presentation was very informative, a number of questions were unable to be unanswered at that time as Bill C-14 was currently before the Senate.

After Bill C-14 was passed, a national task force, created by the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), began developing a guide to assist Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners in their roles and ethical obligations regarding medical assistance in dying. On January 23rd, 2017, the CNA released its national nursing framework on medical assistance in dying (MAID).

Please see the following link for more information and access to the framework:

Biennial CAMSN Conference Update

Unfortunately, due to the celebrations of Canada’s 150th Anniversary in Ottawa, Ontario, the Canadian Association of Medical and Surgical Nursing was unable to secure a venue for a conference in June 2017. Despite best efforts to move towards an Annual Conference, CAMSN Executives have made the decision to continue with Biennial Conferences, with the next being planned for June 2018.