To be an individual member of CNA, you must be a member of one of the provincial or territorial nursing associations that make up CNA’s jurisdictional membership.
Nurses in Ontario wishing to belong to CNA should join the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario. Those in Quebec should join the Yukon Registered Nurses Association or become an associate member of the Nurses Association of New Brunswick.
The Canadian Network of Nursing Specialties represents a committed group of nurses who have joined one of 43 national associations in a specialized area of nursing. By joining these national associations, nurses enhance the breadth and depth of nursing knowledge, as well as the connections and organizational linkages available to CNA and to the network. The nursing specialties in the network range widely, from the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada to the Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada, and from the Canadian Occupational Health Nurses Association Inc. to the Legal Nurse Consultants Association of Canada.
Membership for nurses means dedicating volunteer time and energy to advancing the nursing profession. Advancement occurs through collaboration, education, advocacy, political action and the promotion of best and promising practices within their specialty area.
Benefits to specialty associations who join the network include the following:
The network also provides CNA with access to a valuable source of expertise in specialty nursing. CNA values the time and knowledge provided by network members, as well as their representation at official events and conferences, and their participation in national consultations, committees and working groups. CNA regularly draws on the specialty expertise of network representatives when developing policy statements or position papers and when looking for representation on national committees or support for national initiatives.
In addition, the network members are included in consultations that inform the development of CNA policy documents, and they are regularly supported by CNA staff in their own policy-development work. In turn, network members use CNA’s policies and publications in their own advocacy work and disseminate them broadly throughout their organizations.
Click here to see the current list of network members.