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 crystal.cote@mail.mcgill.ca to ensure that the e-mail address we have on file is correct. **The newsletters have been sent from camsnexecutives@gmail.com**


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.

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 certification@cna-aiic.ca or call 1-800-361-8404.

Stay tuned to the CNA Certification Program’s Exam Preparation (https://nurseone.ca/en/certification/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 (peter.butt@usask.ca)

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.