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:


May Newsletter

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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.

Did you know?

There are over 45,000 medical-surgical Registered Nurses in Canada. Medical-surgical nurses form the largest single group of nursing professionals in health care and make up over 18% of all RNs working in Canada!
While nationally med-surg numbers are quite notable, CAMSN has just over 800 members. This leads us to believe that a lot of medical-surgical nurses simply don’t know about CAMSN.

Have you told your friends and colleagues about the Canadian Association of Medical and Surgical Nurses?

Help us increase our membership numbers. It’s FREE and joining is easy! Just have your friends and colleagues fill out the registration form located in the “Membership” tab and e-mail it to Crystal Côté, our secretary, at

Top 10 Reasons to be a CAMSN Member:

  1. Stay up-to-date with CAMSN activities
  2. Receive quarterly newsletters
  3. Connect with a community across Canada that shares a passion for medical-surgical nursing
  4. Expand your knowledge and skills, share in best practices and remain current, connected and relevant
  5. Access to CAMSN’s Standards of Practice
  6. Demonstrate your commitment to competence in your specialty area
  7. Opportunities to be featured or have your work featured in CAMSN’s quarterly newsletters
  8. Discounted CAMSN conference registration fees
  9. Access to archived newsletters and documentation from past conferences
  10. Work collaboratively with the Canadian Nurses Association

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: