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.

CNA Certification Program 2017

CNA Certification Program – Care to Be the Best!

“Invest in yourself and show your employer, your patients and your clients that you Care to Be the Best. Join the growing network of more than 17,000 CNA-certified RNs in 20 nursing practice specialties at the leading edge of health care.” ~ CNA

CNA Certification Program 2017

The certification process is completely paperless! The application and eligibility procedure is online-only and exams will be delivered at computer-based testing facilities across Canada.
We are pleased to announce that the CNA is now offering two different exam periods in 2017, adding even more flexibility to the process.

Important Dates:

Initial Certification

  • January 3 – March 1 › Application window to write exam and renew by exam
  • May 1 – 15 › Certification exam window

FALL 2017

  • June 1 – September 1 › Application window to write exam and renew by exam
  • November 1 – 15 › Certification exam window

Certification Renewal

January 3 – November 30 › Application window to renew by continuous learning

Additional Information:

For further information on certification, please email your questions to or call 1-800-361-8404.

Stay tuned to the CNA Certification Program’s Exam Preparation ( for resources that can help you prepare for the exam ranging from mentors and study groups to online practice questions and exams.

CAMSN Conference Presenter Notes

Thank you again to everybody who attended the 2016 CAMSN Conference! A few of the presenters have chosen to share their notes for your reading pleasure (attached)

1. Carmen Berglund – CKD in the Med-Surg Patient
2. Dr. Shaw – Pancreatitis
3. Dr. Fahim – Physician/Medical Assisted Dying
4. Dr. Butt – Managing concurrent pain with addictions; states he would be happy to answer questions via email/meeting to discuss any questions you have (

PAD Presentation v14 – Conference Presentation Acute pancreatitis CAMSN 2016 CAMSN Conference

2016 CAMSN Conference Reminders

The 2016 CAMSN Conference in Saskatoon is tomorrow!! An e-mail was previously sent out to all registrants, but here are a few reminders regarding details:
REGISTRATION: Registration will begin at 0730 outside of Room 1130
AGENDA: Coffee and muffins will be available at 0730. Conference will start at 0800. Conference ends by 1630
LUNCH: Lunch will be provided just outside Room 1130.
REFRESHMENTS: Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided as well.
PARKING: Parking can be a challenge at the University. Some pay parking stalls will be available in the underground parking beneath the Health Sciences Building. There are also various spots around campus. Street parking in the residential area across from the campus is available for limited time durations. For a map of parking options on campus, please see the link below:
DRESS: Please wear whatever you are comfortable wearing. We do suggest dressing in layers.
ATTENDANCE: Will be available to you when you check in for the day on the morning of June 10
EVALUATION: An evaluation form will be available in your conference packet.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a scent-free workshop. Please refrain from wearing any scented products.

2016 Medical-Surgical Nursing Conference – Beyond the Basics: Integration at the Bedside

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2016 Medical-Surgical Nursing Conference!

University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK
Friday, June 10, 2016

Numerous oral presenters, posters and topics including, but not limited to:
– Pathophysiology of Shock
– EKG Interpretations
– Chronic Kidney Disease Management in Acute Care
– Concurrent Pain with Addiction
– Pancreatitis
– Arterial Blood Gases
– Physician Assisted Dying
– CNA Certification
(Topics subject to change due to last minute cancellations.)

REGISTRATION COST (includes lunch, coffee and snacks):
Healthcare professionals: $115
Healthcare students: $65 (proof of student status must be presented on admission)

Please visit the following website to register: