COHNA-ACIIST Request for Qualifications – Practice Standards

COHNA-ACIIST is seeking an experienced Occupational Health Nurse (OHN) to review and update the COHNA-ACIIST Practice Standards to accurately represent the present skill set and present scope of occupational health nursing practice in Canada.

Occupational Health Nursing is diverse and continues to grow and adapt to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of the Canadian workforce.  COHNA-ACIIST Practice Standards were last updated in 2003 and no longer accurately represents the present skill set and scope of occupational health nursing practice in Canada.

The intent of these standards is to provide a guide to the provision of comprehensive, quality nursing care. Therefore, the standards suggest more than minimum, safe nursing care; they reflect excellence in occupational health nursing practice and, as such, are intended to assist OHN’s to improve their nursing care.

Please complete and submit this Request for Qualification by April 15, 2019 for consideration.

Nominations for the 2019 CNA Memorial Book

CNA is accepting nominations for the 2019 Memorial Book. 

Each page of the Memorial Book describes the contributions of some of Canada’s honoured nurses, who, in service to their fellow Canadians, elevated the nursing profession and health care in this country. Recipients are selected through a nomination process. Their names are added to the book and they are honoured publicly at CNA’s biennial convention.

You will find the general guidelines and the type of supporting documents needed to submit your nomination online on CNA’s website: https://cna-aiic.ca/en/about-us/awards-and-recognition/memorial-book/call-for-nominations

Nomination deadline: April 28, 2019.

COHNA-ACIIST would like to congratulate Kristi Hines for being awarded the 2019 Women Entrepreneur Award of Distinction by the Alberta Chambers of Commerce

Hines Health Services is pleased to announce that Founder & Director, Kristi Hines has been recognized with the 2019 Women Entrepreneur Award of Distinction by the Alberta Chambers of Commerce. Finalists were announced Friday, March 01, 2019 at a gala held at the Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel in Edmonton, Alberta.

This recognition by the Alberta Chambers of Commerce is awarded to a women entrepreneur for outstanding achievement in business and who is a positive role model within their community. Along with being a finalist for the Women Entrepreneur Award of Distinction, Hines Health Services is also eligible for the prestigious Premier’s Award of Distinction.

“It’s a great honour to be recognized provincially and to be included in a group of such accomplished female business leaders, said Kristi Hines, Founder & Director of Hines Health Services. The entire team at Hines Health Services is thrilled and the hard work, dedication and perseverance by everyone has been acknowledged, she adds.”

Along with building a successful small business, Kristi’s commitment to her community of Fort McMurray can be seen in her ongoing contribution to numerous local organizations including the Wood Buffalo Economic Development Corporation, Habitat for Humanity, Community Futures and the Alberta Occupational Health Nursing Association. “I’m not just in my hometown of Fort McMurray to build my business, I’m here to create a resilient community and a great place to live,” said Kristi. “It is through the support of local business that a community grows and thrives,” she added.

For more information, see the full media release.

Sailing into the Ice

The Arctic Ocean is so beautiful in the late summer and early fall, but can be deathly cold & unpredictable. Having a well-prepared, self-sufficient team is critical when it comes to marine safety and emergency response.

Theresa McGuire, COHNA-ACIIST Director for Nova Scotia penned the article Sailing into the Ice, which you can read in FrontLine Defence Magazine.

Theresa McGuire is a certified Occupational Health Nurse and Canadian Registered Safety Professional in Halifax, NS. She is a retired Canadian Armed Forces officer and former volunteer ground search and rescue team member, who now works with the Coast Guard as a Health Officer. Theresa McGuire is very proud of the great work done by the Canadian Coast Guard and looks forward to many more sailing missions in the years to come.

Safety Risks for Flood Responders

Floods are a serious catastrophe and are the number one natural disaster in Canada, with both numbers and severity on the rise.

Theresa McGuire, COHNA-ACIIST Director for Nova Scotia penned the article Safety Risks for Flood Responders featured in FrontLine Defence Magazine

You can view the full interactive magazine at the link above or read Theresea’s article online here.

Theresa McGuire is a certified Occupational Health Nurse and Canadian Registered Safety Professional in Halifax, NS. She is a retired Canadian Armed Forces officer and former volunteer ground search and rescue team member, who now works with the Coast Guard as a Health Officer.

 

2018 COHNA-ACIIST Bursary Awards

We are pleased to announce that Ashley Kushnir and Shawna Nelson are the successful applicants for the 2018 COHNA-ACIIST Bursary Award.

 

Ashley Kushnir is an Occupational Health Nurse with the Winnipeg Police Service in Manitoba. She is also the COHNA-ACIIST Board of Director representing Manitoba. She is awarded $410 to offset the costs of writing the CNA COHN(C) certification exam. Ashley passed the exam and is now nationally certified. Congratulations from the COHNA-ACIIST Board of Directors! We are very proud of you!

 

 

 

 

Shawna Nelson is the Manager of Employee Health & Ability at Covenant Health in Edmonton, Alberta and also is an instructor at the MacEwan University’s Occupational Health Nursing program.  She currently serves on the Board of the Alberta Occupational Health Nurses’ Association as the Education & Events Coordinator. Shawna is being awarded $590 to support her studies in completing an Executive Masters of Business Administration, Health & Safety Leadership, with the University of Fredericton. We wish you every success as you work toward the completion of this degree Shawna. Congratulations!

AOHNA/UNB Light the Lamp Winner 2017 – Regina Harty

Together with Educational Sponsor, University of New Brunswick, the Alberta Occupational Health Nurses’ Association (AOHNA) presented their 2017 “Light the Lamp” social media campaign award at their Annual Education Day and Symposium in May.

The winning video was submitted by Regina Harty, New Brunswick, who flew out to attend the symposium and accept her award. Watch her winning video at:  http://aohna.org/resources-links/aohna-light-the-lamp-social-media-campaign

The “Light the Lamp” social media campaign is intended to increase public awareness and knowledge about the role and value of occupational health specialty nursing practice.  The association encourages nurses to submit videos for judging and recognition of their contribution to occupational health that showcases the unique skills and abilities of occupational health nurses and the unique settings in which they work. This campaign also provides the opportunity for nurses to develop and enhance their skills and abilities working with new and evolving technology that will expand their capacity in the workplace.

Congratulations Regina!

 

Bursary Award Announcement

March 21, 2017

COHNA-ACIIST is committed to supporting member’s continuing education to enhance not only your personal and professional growth but our collective knowledge as a vibrant and essential occupational health and safety profession.

We are now accepting applications for the COHNA-ACIIST Bursary Award from members who have taken occupational health & safety related educational programs; participated in continuing education; research; or have written the CNA certification exam in the past 18 months. For more information, the Bursary Award Guidelines and Application Form go to http://cohna-aciist.ca/awards/cohna-aciist-bursary-award/.

The submission date has been extended to April 30, 2017.

Applications and required documentation must be submitted to the attention of Anne Masters-Boyne, Secretary/Treasurer, by April 30th at info@cohna-aciist.ca.

Yours Truly

Cathy Dormody RN BN COHN(C) // President

Occupational Health Nurse