As with many organizations across Alberta, AOHNA had to cancel our 2020 Occupational Health Nurses Professional Development Conference due to the COVID-19 pandemic and had hoped that we would be able to hold the rescheduled event in May 2021. However, in consideration of the ongoing restrictions on gatherings, the AOHNA Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to postpone the 2021 in person Conference. As a result, we have organized a series of educational offerings with a focus on mental health and wellness and giving back to our members….introducing… the AOHNA Symposium Series!
During the last year, we all have had to navigate unchartered waters. We have faced what will most likely be the greatest storm of our era. This challenge is not just affecting OHNs; it is not just affecting Albertans; it is affecting everyone. In some ways, the pandemic has enhanced the value of OHNs and the role you play in helping our communities recover, however there will be a multitude of lessons learned as we emerge from the pandemic with one of the most concerning being a tsunami of issues related to mental health. Management of mental health and accommodation of employees at work and how mental health issues have a significant impact on workplace attendance and safety is more important now than ever before.
It is also important to maintain your own mental health…which is why our 2021 Symposium Series is making this a huge focus not only for AOHNA, but for each and every one of our members. We truly hope that you will join us either live or on-demand, earn educational credits and network virtually with your peers!
Click here to access the Symposium details including the session and presenter information and also to register at special member’s only rates!
March 19 is Certified Nurses Day. It’s an opportunity to recognize certified nurses’ contributions to the profession and health-care. The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) wishes to thank each of you for your exceptional commitment to advancing nursing practice through specialty certification.
This past year the COVID-19 pandemic has tested us as individuals and as a collective. Through it all, nurses have continued to display incredible leadership. During these challenging times, it is important to still find reasons and ways to celebrate, like recognizing Certified Nurses Day.
So, on March 19, be proud of your accomplishments as a certified nurse. By seeking and achieving certification, you contribute tremendously to the nursing profession and to improved patient safety and outcomes. Wear your CNA certification pin to show your patients, clients, colleagues and employer that you Care to Be the Best in your specialty.
If you’re on social media, use the hashtag #CNAcertification to share your story about the value of your certification credential. We also invite you to use our Facebook frame, which contains the tagline “Proud to be CNA certified.” To get the artwork:
- Log in to your Facebook account
- Go to facebook.com/profilepicframes
- Search for Proud to be CNA Certified (new)
- Click Change Picture
Again, thank you for all that you do every day as a certified nurse. Have a wonderful Certified Nurses Day!
CNA Certification Team
Canadian Nurses Association
613-237-2159 Ext. 462 | 1-800-361-8404
50 Driveway, Ottawa, ON K2P 1E2
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La Journée des infirmières et infirmiers certifiés aura lieu le 19 mars. C’est l’occasion de reconnaître la contribution des infirmières et infirmiers certifiés à la profession et aux soins de santé. L’Association des infirmières et infirmiers du Canada (AIIC) tient à remercier chacun d’entre vous pour votre engagement exceptionnel à promouvoir la pratique en soins infirmiers grâce à la certification dans une spécialité infirmière.
Au cours de la dernière année, la pandémie de COVID 19 nous a tous mis à l’épreuve sur le plan individuel autant que collectif. Pourtant, les infirmières et infirmiers ont continué de faire preuve d’un leadership incroyable. Pendant cette période difficile, il est important de trouver des raisons et des moyens de reconnaître nos réussites, surtout à l’occasion de la Journée des infirmières et infirmiers certifiés.
Donc, le 19 mars, soyez fiers de vos réalisations en tant qu’infirmière et infirmier certifié. En cherchant à devenir certifiés et en le devenant, vous contribuez énormément à la profession infirmière et vous améliorez la sécurité des patients et les résultats cliniques. Portez votre épinglette de certification de l’AIIC pour montrer à vos patients, clients, collègues et votre employeur que vous avez à cœur votre spécialité.
Dans les médias sociaux, utilisez le mot-clic #CertificationAIIC pour transmettre votre témoignage sur les mérites de votre désignation. Nous vous invitons également à employer notre cadre Facebook « Fièrement certifié(e) par l’AIIC ». Pour l’obtenir :
- Connectez-vous à votre compte Facebook;
- Rendez-vous à facebook.com/profilepicframes;
- Cherchez Fièrement certifié(e) par l’AIIC (nouveau);
- Cliquez sur Modifier la photo.
Nous vous remercions encore une fois pour tout ce que vous faites tous les jours en tant qu’infirmière ou infirmier certifié. Nous vous souhaitons une excellente Journée des infirmières et infirmiers certifiés!
L’équipe de la certification de l’AIIC
Association des infirmières et infirmiers du Canada
613-237-2159 poste 462 | 1-800-361-8404
50 Driveway, Ottawa, ON K2P 1E2
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Do you have an idea that could help improve workplace health and safety?
We are pleased to announce our 2021 Innovation at Work research grant competition is now open. These grants support small-scale research projects that lead to practical solutions to address workplace health and safety issues.
- Grants are generally up to $50,000 for one year
- Multiple grants are available each year
- Open to all Canadian residents
- No specific education or training is required
- Projects should align with our research priorities
This grant is aimed primarily at non-academic researchers, such as workers, employers, unions, and health and safety associations. Academic researchers are also eligible but require a non-academic team member who takes an active role in the project.
Application deadline: February 12, 2021 at 4 p.m. PST.
The application form and other documents are available on our website, including Frequently Asked Questions and Grant Writing Tips to help you prepare your application.
We can help!
We encourage applicants to reach out to us with any questions or for assistance in completing their application.
Please feel free to share this information with your members and encourage them to apply. Do you have a webpage or newsletter this opportunity can be posted to?
Office of Learning, Leading, Sharing – Research and Library Services
6951 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC
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
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:
The PPE Tool Kit can be accessed by clicking here: www.nswoc.ca/ppe
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 email@example.com.
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.
We are pleased to share that CNA’s submission to the Ministry of Health and Department of Justice, regarding Amendments and Revision of the Criminal Code of Canada Provisions on Medical Assistance in Dying has now been posted on the CNA website.
Other resources related to Medical Assistance in Dying can be found on the MAiD section of the CNA website:
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.
The deadline to submit nomination packages is March 1, 2020.
Nominations and supporting documentation can be submitted online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/networkelections2020
Please e-mail Elizabeth Morin at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about this process.
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.
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Member & Network Specialist