CNA Now special edition – Certification Program / Édition spéciale d’ActuAIIC – Programme de certification

Interested in a specialty nursing credential?

There’s only a very short time left to apply for CNA certification this year! Deadline is September 10.

As a nursing professional or a member of CNA, we encourage you to consider earning a national credential in your nursing specialty. Being CNA certified shows that you’re committed to an advanced standard of professional competence and have a comprehensive understanding of your nursing specialty.

Read the full Special Edition – Certification Program

New Toolkit for the prevention and management of skin damage due to PPE

A team of NSWOCC Members has worked diligently over the past week in order to address the issue of prevention and management of skin damage due to personal protective equipment. Their collective efforts have resulted in NSWOCC launching a tool kit in order  to support NSWOCs and all health-care professionals wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

The use of PPE has had a dramatic increase since the onset on COVID-19. NSWOCC is providing an evidence summary for the prevention and management of PPE skin related skin injuries called Prevention & Management of Skin Damage Related to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

The tool kit contains the following information:

  1. Best practice recommendation document
  2. Quick Reference Enabler
  3. Educational video
  4. Teaching powerpoint 

The PPE Tool Kit can be accessed by clicking here:

This PPE Tool Kit is intended to highlight the emerging concern of PPE-related skininjury and to provide prevention and management solutions for potential PPE related skin injury. Individuals may require a repeat mask fit testing to ensure prevention and management efforts do not interfere with PPE efficacy.

Please note that it is the responsibility of each healthcare professional to verify with their institutional infection control team that any measure taken to prevent or manage PPE-related skin injuries do not interfere with the efficacy of the PPE nor are in contravention to any workplace policy.

Thank you to NSWOCC members Kimberly Leblanc, Corey Heerschap, Britney Butt, and Julia Bresnai who have made this tool kit happen. 

Any questions about the toolkit can be sent to Catherine Harley at

Information about Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) available on CNA website

CNA has added links to resources about the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) on their website.

It contains links to resources that the Public Health Agenda of Canada (PHAC) is making available in both official languagles. We encourage you to share with your members and post on your website.

  • WHO has declared this to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. 
  • Links to additional resources.
  • Embedded PHAC and WHO twitter feeds.



Call for Network Director on CNA board — deadline: March 1, 2020

CNA is launching the call for nominations for the Network Director on the CNA board of directors. The term of this position is June 2020 to June 2022.

Attached are the following documents:
Nomination Guidelines (English and French)
Roles and Responsibilities (English and French)
Network Director Time Commitment (English and French)

The deadline to submit nomination packages is March 1, 2020.

Nominations and supporting documentation can be submitted online:

Please e-mail Elizabeth Morin at if you have any questions about this process.

Invitation to Provide Feedback on Federal Legislation on Medical Assistance in Dying – Deadline January 27

In response to recent court rulings in Quebec, the federal government has committed to “moving forward in a responsible way with legislation that responds to the court case”. Part of that includes a public consultation, in both both official languages.


The consultation was announced and opened on Monday, January 13, 2020 and will remain open for two weeks only, closing at midnight on Monday, January 27th, 2020. We encourage you to submit a response on behalf of your organization, and also share widely with your members, encouraging them to respond and share as they see appropriate.

If you can’t open the link from this e-mail, copy and paste the url into your internet browser.

Elizabeth Morin
Member & Network Specialist

Institute for Work and Health Annual Report

Typically released in the fall of every year, the Institute for Work & Health (IWH)’s Annual Report takes a look back at the previous fiscal year. The report includes a theme-based narrative on the fiscal year’s research and knowledge transfer and exchange activities, a look at the year in numbers, and the report of the independent auditors based on their annual review of the Institute’s financial statements.

The 2018/19 Annual Report highlights the Institute’s work during the fiscal year ending March 2019 that illustrates what research can do in five areas: reveal emerging issues, offer solutions, point to best practices, evaluate effectiveness and strengthen global standards.The last of these describes the Institute’s role as a national co-host of the 2020 World Congress on Safety and Health at Work.

WorkSafeBC 2020 Innovation at Work Research Grant Competition

Hello Canadian Association for Occupational Health Nurses,

Do you have an idea that could help improve workplace health and safety?

We are pleased to announce the launch of our 2020 Innovation at Work research grant competition. These grants support small-scale research projects that lead to the development of practical solutions to address workplace health and safety issues.

Award details:

  • Awards are generally up to $50,000 for one year
  • Multiple awards available each year
  • No specific education or training required
  • Projects should align with our research priorities.

Any Canadian resident may apply for this competition. There are no specific education or training requirements needed. We welcome applications from individuals with non-academic backgrounds. Academics may also apply but they require a non-academic team member, who takes an active role.

Important dates:

Applications open:     November 22, 2019
Letter of Intent:       December 20, 2019 (optional)
Applications close:     February 14, 2020

We can help!

We encourage applicants to reach out to us with any questions or assistance in completing the application form. You may contact us at 604-244-6300 or

Hines Health Services – Recipient of the Canada’s Women Entrepreneurship Fund

May 6, 2019
FORT MCMURRAY, AB – Hines Health Services is pleased to announce that it has been named as a successful applicant of the Government of Canada’s Women Entrepreneurship Fund and received an investment of $100,000 to develop a workplace impairment assessment tool called WAIT.

The Government of Canada is advancing women’s economic empowerment with the first-ever Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, a $2-billion investment that seeks to double the number of women-owned businesses by 2025. The strategy complements the Government of Canada’s efforts to advance gender equality, which include addressing pay equity, providing more affordable childcare and putting an end to gender-based violence. The Women Entrepreneurship Fund is a $20-million fund providing direct investment in women entrepreneurs to help them innovate, grow, and access new markets.

“It’s a great honour to be selected and to be included in a group of such accomplished female business leaders”, said Kristi Hines, Founder & Director of Hines Health Services. “This investment from the Government of Canada is going to help Hines Health Services diversify into the technology sector and grow. I’m proud to be part of this innovative Women Entrepreneurship Strategy,” she added.

As part of the strategy, the Honourable Mary Ng, Canada’s Minister of Small Business and Expert Promotion announced a $1.2-million investment in 13 women-led companies in the Edmonton area through the Women Entrepreneurship Fund.

“Our government believes that women’s economic empowerment is not just the right thing to do; it’s good for the bottom line. That’s why we launched the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, a strategy that seeks to double the number of women-owned businesses by increasing their access to financing, networks and advice. It’s a smart investment with an economic and social return,” said the Minister Ng.

Minister Ng joined the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for Edmonton Mill Woods, Randy Boissonnault, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre, and several local women entrepreneurs to celebrate women’s entrepreneurship in Canada and share how the federal government is helping women entrepreneurs succeed.

“Our government knows that Canada works best when it works for everyone. This is why, through the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, we are investing in women entrepreneurs here in Edmonton and in communities across the country,” said Minister Sohi.


Women’s Entrepreneurship Fund The Women’s Entrepreneurship Fund is a $20-million fund providing direct investment in women entrepreneurs. Successful applicants will receive investments of up to $100,000 to help them grown their business and reach new export markets.

For more information on the Women’s Entrepreneurship Fund, visit:

Hines Health Services Based in Fort McMurray, Hines Health Services specializes in occupational health and takes great pride in being at the forefront of medical testing and assessment in the workplace. Recipient of the 2018 Professional Services Business of the Year Award from the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce, Hines Health Services serves thousands of employees in oil and gas, construction and government and has a national network of 120 affiliate clinic locations across Canada.

For more information on Hines Health Services, visit:

WAIT App WAIT mobile app is a Workplace Impairment Assessment Tool that is designed to provide immediate results to analyze impairment, with specific applications for fit for duty work environments. This digital tool, based on mobile technology and a proprietary algorithm, is developing the standard in workplace impairment testing across Canada providing a centralized hub for data collection, verification, and application.

For more information on the WAIT App, visit: