National Study on the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices of Registered Nurses in Canada toward Climate-Driven Vector-Borne Diseases

Shannon Vandenberg, a PhD student at the University of Lethbridge, is conducting a national study on the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of Registered Nurses in Canada toward climate-driven vector-borne diseases. The title of the study is: An analysis of the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of registered nurses toward climate-driven vector-borne diseases. Practicing Registered Nurses across Canada who hold valid registration with a designated provincial/territorial professional licensing body and can read English are invited to participate in this study. The study consists of an online anonymous Qualtrics survey, which will take approximately 10-15 min to complete.

Please see the invitation to participate for the link to the survey.

Health Canada – Information kit on Wildfires / PVI : Trousse d’information sur les feux de forêt


Canada is warming faster than the global rate, providing ideal conditions for more frequent and longer wildfire smoke events. In Canada, wildfire season typically runs from early April to late October.

Health Canada has developed the information kit attached to help support the work of public health professionals at all levels, as well as communications to the general public, so that people in Canada can take appropriate action when wildfire smoke levels are high. Best practices from across the country were collected to be included in the information kit.

Information Kit on Wildfires




Le Canada se réchauffe à un rythme plus rapide que le reste du monde, fournissant des conditions idéales pour des épisodes de feux de forêt plus fréquents et plus longs. Au Canada, la saison des feux de forêt s’étend généralement du début avril à la fin octobre.

Santé Canada a élaboré la trousse d’information ci-jointe pour aider à soutenir le travail des professionnels de la santé publique à tous les niveaux, ainsi que les communications au grand public, afin que les personnes au Canada puissent prendre les mesures appropriées lorsque les niveaux de fumée des feux de forêt sont élevés. Des pratiques exemplaires de partout au pays ont été recueillies pour être incluses dans la trousse.



Innovation and Partnerships Directorate / Direction de l’innovation et des partenariats
Strategic Policy Branch   / Direction générale de la politique stratégique  
Public Health Agency of Canada / Agence de la santé publique du Canada

Invitation for Input – Antimicrobial Stewardship Competencies for Nurses – Deadline June 30, 2023

Dear nurse colleagues,

The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) is conducting an electronic survey to gain nurses’ input into the important issue of nurses’ role in Antimicrobial Stewardship.  The survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete, is voluntary and anonymous. The survey can be accessed at this link until Friday, June 30th, 2023 at 1600 ET.

Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) refers to how the appropriate use of antimicrobials (including antibiotics) can maximize both their current and future effectiveness.  AMS embodies an organizational or system-wide approach to promoting and monitoring judicious use of antimicrobials toslow the spread of antimicrobial resistance and preserve their future efficacy. With the global context of the pandemic, rising antimicrobial resistance, and few new agents in development, Antimicrobial Stewardship programs and approaches are more important than ever to ensure the continued effectiveness of available antimicrobials. 

Effective Antimicrobial Stewardship requires interdisciplinary team involvement and cooperation.  However, the nurse and nurse prescriber role in AMS requires further definition and clarity to maximize nursing’s contributions to this area.

The goal of this survey is to gain an understanding of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that Canadian nurses and nurse prescribers require to actively promote and participate in Antimicrobial Stewardship within their practice setting. Reponses will be used to develop national Antimicrobial Stewardship competencies for Canadian nurses and nurse prescribers across varied practice settings.

Thank you for your consideration and input.


The CNA Antimicrobial Stewardship Competencies for Nurses Project Team

Chère/cher collègues en soins infirmiers,

L’Association des infirmières et infirmiers du Canada (AIIC) effectue un sondage électronique pour recueillir les commentaires des infirmières et infirmiers surl’important enjeu du rôle des infirmières et infirmiers en gérance des antimicrobiens. Le sondage requiert environ 10 à 15 minutes et est volontaire et anonyme. Il est accessible au lien suivant  jusqu’au vendredi 30 juin 2023, à 16 h (HE).

La gérance des antimicrobiens fait référence à la mesure dans laquelle l’utilisation appropriée des antimicrobiens (y compris des antibiotiques) peut optimiser leur efficacité actuelle et future.  La gérance des antimicrobiensenglobe une approche organisationnelle ou systémique afin de surveiller l’utilisation judicieuse des antimicrobiens et d’en faire la promotion pour ralentir la résistance aux antimicrobiens et préserver leur efficacité future. Dans le contexte mondial de la pandémie, la hausse de la résistance aux antimicrobiens, et de quelques nouveaux agents en cours de développement, les programmes et les approches en matière de gérance des antimicrobiens importent plus que jamais pour veiller à l’efficacité continue des antimicrobiens disponibles. 

La gérance des antimicrobiens efficace exige la participation et la collaboration d’une équipe interdisciplinaire. Cependant, le rôle de l’infirmière ou l’infirmier et de l’infirmière ou l’infirmier prescripteur en matière de gérance des antimicrobiens nécessite d’améliorer la définition et laclarté pour optimiser les contributions des soins infirmiers dans ce domaine.

L’objectif de ce sondage est d’acquérir une compréhension des connaissances, des compétences et des attitudes nécessaires au personnel infirmier et aux infirmières et infirmiers prescripteurs canadiens afin d’encourager la gérance des antimicrobiens et d’y participer activement dans leur milieu de pratique. Les réponses obtenues serviront à élaborer les compétences nationales en gérance des antimicrobiens pour le personnel infirmier et les infirmières et infirmiers prescripteurs canadiens de divers milieux de pratique.

Nous vous remercions de votre temps et de votre contribution.


Compétences en gérance des antimicrobiens pour l’équipe de projet des infirmières et infirmiers de l’AIIC


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National Nursing Week 2023 – May 8-14

Our Nurses. Our Future.

May 8-14, 2023: The National Nursing Week annual celebrations take place from the Monday to the Sunday of the same week as Florence Nightingale’s birthday, May 12.

The theme this year is Our Nurses. Our Future. This theme showcases the many roles that nurses play in a patient’s health-care journey. The pandemic brought to light the courage and commitment that nurses work under every day and showed the important role that nurses play in the community.

About National Nursing Week

The week draws attention to nurses, increasing the awareness of the public, policy-makers and governments of the many contributions of nursing to the well-being of Canadians.

In 1971, ICN designated May 12, the birthday of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale, as International Nurses Day. In 1985, CNA members passed a resolution to begin negotiations with the federal government to have the week containing May 12 proclaimed as National Nurses Week annually. Soon after, the federal minister of health proclaimed the second week of May as National Nurses Week. In 1993, the name was changed to National Nursing Week to emphasize the profession’s accomplishments as a discipline.

MindShift CBT App – Free Evidence-Based Anxiety Relief

As an Occupational Health Nurse do you, or someone you interact with, struggle with anxiety? Anxiety Canada has developed the MindShift CBT app to help those who struggle with anxiety.

Mindshift CBT uses scientifically proven strategies based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help you learn to relax and be mindful, develop more effective ways of thinking, and use active steps to take charge of your anxiety. 

The app provides quick relief tools for when you need anxiety help fast. You will also find tools and resources to help reorient you’re thinking and make lasting positive change.

The app can be downloaded through the App Store or on Google Play. To read more about the tools available on the Mindshift CBT app, check out Anxiety Canada.

Public Health Agency of Canada – Call for Membership – National Advisory Committee on Infection Prevention and Control

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is seeking to fill two voluntary positions for Infection Control Professionals (ICPs) on the National Advisory Committee on Infection Prevention and Control (NAC-IPC) with one of the positions being filled to represent Long Term Care. The candidates should have an understanding of infection prevention and control in healthcare settings.

The NAC-IPC is an external advisory body (EAB) which provides subject matter expertise and advice to PHAC to prevent transmission of infection in healthcare settings including infections associated with emerging pathogens and antimicrobial resistant organisms. The NAC-IPC reports to the Vice President of PHAC’s Infectious Diseases Programs Branch. Its voting members who are appointed by PHAC for a term of 2 to 4 years, with possibility of renewal, have expertise in infectious diseases, infection prevention and control, medical microbiology, healthcare epidemiology, public health, occupational health and/or hygiene, nursing and medical device reprocessing.

NAC-IPC members meet virtually once a month and in person annually for two days in Ottawa, Ontario. Members are expected to attend meetings and be actively involved in NAC-IPC activities by chairing and participating in working groups and developing/updating IPC guidelines.

For additional information about the NAC-IPC, refer to the detailed description here

Interested candidates must submit the following items to the NAC-IPC Secretariat:

  1. A current curriculum vitae.
  2. A cover letter, not exceeding 1000 words, providing details on their interest in participating on the NAC-IPC, a summary of their experience participating on scientific or policy-related committees or working groups, and area(s) of interest within their speciality.
  3. One letter of recommendation from a person not employed by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

The deadline for receipt of all documents is February 3rd, 2023. All documents must be submitted by email to the NAC-IPC Secretariat at

For further information, please contact the NAC-IPC Secretariat at:

Secretariat, National Advisory Committee on Infection Prevention and Control
Infectious Diseases Programs Branch, Public Health Agency of Canada


Agence de la santé publique du Canada
Appel à l’adhésion
Comité consultatif national sur la prévention et le contrôle des infections

L’Agence de la santé publique du Canada (ASPC) cherche à pourvoir deux postes volontaires de professionnels de la prévention des infections (PPI) au sein du Comité consultatif national sur la prévention et le contrôle des infections (CCN-PCI), l’un des postes devant représenter les soins de longue durée. Les candidats doivent avoir une compréhension de la prévention et du contrôle des infections dans les établissements de santé.

Le CCN-PCI est un organisme consultatif externe (OCE) qui fournit une expertise en la matière et des conseils à l’ASPC pour prévenir la transmission des infections dans les établissements de santé, y compris les infections associées aux pathogènes émergents et aux organismes résistants aux antimicrobiens. Le CCN-PCI relève du vice-président de la Direction générale des programmes des maladies infectieuses de l’ASPC. Ses membres votants, qui sont nommés par l’ASPC pour un mandat de 2 à 4 ans, avec possibilité de renouvellement, possèdent une expertise dans les domaines des maladies infectieuses, de la prévention et du contrôle des infections, de la microbiologie médicale, de l’épidémiologie des soins de santé, de la santé publique, de la santé et/ou de l’hygiène du travail, des soins infirmiers et du retraitement des dispositifs médicaux.

Les membres du CCN-PCI se réunissent virtuellement une fois par mois et en personne chaque année pendant deux jours à Ottawa, en Ontario. Les membres doivent assister aux réunions et participer activement aux activités du CCN-PCI en présidant et en participant aux groupes de travail et en développant/mettant à jour les directives PCI.

Pour plus d’informations sur le CCN-PCI, consultez la description détaillée ici.

Les candidats intéressés doivent soumettre les éléments suivants au Secrétariat du CCN-PCI :

  1. Un curriculum vitae à jour.
  2. Une lettre de motivation, ne dépassant pas 1 000 mots, fournissant des détails sur leur intérêt à participer au CCN-PCI, un résumé de leur expérience de participation à des comités ou groupes de travail scientifiques ou liés aux politiques, et le(s) domaine(s) d’intérêt dans leur spécialité.
  3. Une lettre de recommandation d’une personne qui n’est pas employée par l’Agence de la santé publique du Canada.

La date limite de réception de tous les documents est le 3 février 2023. Tous les documents doivent être soumis par courrier électronique au Secrétariat du CCN-PCI à l’adresse

Pour de plus amples informations, veuillez contacter le Secrétariat du CCN-PCI à l’adresse suivante :

Secrétariat, Comité consultatif national sur la prévention et le contrôle des infections
Direction générale des programmes des maladies infectieuses, Agence de la santé publique du Canada

CNA Advocacy Campaign

In light of the current nursing shortages and health-care crisis in Canada, CNA is launching a campaign to ask nurses and the general public to send a letter to their federal, provincial and territorial representatives, urging them to fix Canada’s health-care crisis and nursing shortages.

I kindly ask that you participate in this campaign and that you share it with as many people as possible, your members, contacts, colleagues and network. We need your help to bring this message to as many elected officials across Canada as possible! The voice of nurses and the public is extremely important and it matters greatly. Elected officials want to hear from their constituents and making them listen helps move the needle on major issues.

All that nurses and the general public have to do is click on the link below and fill out the form so that the pre-written letter can be sent to the right elected official.

To help spread the word, you can also share this email with your network and the social media posts below:

Thank you for your support.

If you have any questions, please contact CNA at

New WorkSafeBC research grant opportunities now open

WorkSafeBC supports research that makes a difference in the workplace. We are pleased to announce new grant opportunities are now open to workers, employers, students, academic researchers, and others who are interested in conducting research related to our research priorities and improving workplace health and safety.

Applied Innovation (formerly “Innovation at Work”)

Letter of Intent due: January 13, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. PST.

Any Canadian resident may apply.

  • Supports research projects that are practical and applicable to the workplace. These projects develop or apply knowledge and insights to address workplace health and safety issues and/or engage in knowledge transfer and exchange activities.
  • Grants are up to $50,000 for a duration of 12 months.

Proof of Principle and Prototyping

Letter of Intent due: January 13, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. PST.

Any Canadian resident may apply.

  • A new funding stream within Applied Innovation for research that may lead to novel tools, products, and technology that can be implemented in the workplace and made available to workers, employers, and workplaces.
  • Grants are up to $100,000 for a duration of 24 months.

Research Training Awards

Applications due: February 10, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. PST.

Open to master’s and doctoral students, including international students, in B.C.

  • Designed to foster the development of OHS research in B.C. through enabling graduate students to undertake full-time research training with a focus on occupational illness, injury, and disability.
  • Awards are $22,500 annually for one or two years.

Ralph McGinn Postdoctoral Fellowships

Applications due: February 10, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. PST.

Open to researchers within four years of completing their Ph.D. holding a postdoctoral position at a Canadian university or research institution.

  • Designed to foster the development of OHS and work disability research in B.C. and across Canada through supporting doctoral graduates who are training for careers as academic researchers.
  • Awards are $50,000 annually for two years.

Specific Priorities

Applications due: February 10, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. PST.

Open to qualified researchers at universities or research institutions in Canada and internationally.

  • WorkSafeBC is currently seeking research on the following topic:

Worker and employer engagement and incentive programs supporting return to work

  • Grants range from $50,000 to $150,000 for one or two years.

We can help!

Visit our website to learn more and apply today. We encourage applicants to reach out to Research Services by email at with any questions about the application process or to discuss research ideas.

Canada Cares Awards

(Nominations due December 31st, 2022)

This annual event recognizes caregivers across the country. In the past, recognition awards have been given to over 350 deserving individuals and financial awards have been used to purchase equipment, support respite, assist with transportation and provide basic necessities for both adults and young children.

Nomination Form

What are the Canada Cares Awards?

Approximately 8 million Canadians are caring for someone with a serious illness, disability or frailty. These dedicated caregivers are making untold sacrifices to look after others who are unable to care for themselves. Each year, Canada Cares calls on Canadians from coast-to-coast to nominate amazing caregivers for our annual awards. 

What is Canada Cares?

Canada Cares is a program of the Canadian Abilities Foundation, a registered charity that provides information, inspiration and opportunity to people with disabilities, their friends, families and the entire spectrum of professionals engaged in their service, while promoting their full inclusion in all aspects of community life.