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Canada’s nursing leaders to share views on the future of health care with parliamentarians – Advisory

Ottawa, Thursday, November 17, 2011 – The leadership of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) is gathering on Parliament Hill on Tuesday, November 22 for an intensive round of meetings with MPs and senators. With the current health accord set to expire in 2014, CNA will urge the federal government to develop a new 10-year, pan-Canadian agreement that improves the health of Canadians and gives our country the best health system and health results globally. CNA president Judith Shamian and other CNA representatives will advocate for national health indicators linked to expected outcomes, realistic and true accountability measures, and increased investment in registered nurses and nurse practitioners to support stronger emphasis on primary care and the prevention and management of chronic diseases.

CNA has invited its National Expert Commission to an evening reception with parliamentarians on Tuesday as the Commission nears the end of its nationwide consultations. Commission co-chair Maureen McTeer will speak about the Commission’s structure, the research underway, and Canada-wide engagement activities with nurses, the public and governments — all to inform the Commission’s triple aim of better health, better care and better value. Submissions to the Commission can still be made online until December 15, 2011. By June 2012, the results of these consultations will be consolidated with commissioned research in a final report with realistic, evidence-driven recommendations.

What?

Canadian Nurses Association Parliament Hill Day, featuring the National Expert Commission

Who?

Judith Shamian, President, CNA Rachel Bard, CEO, CNA Maureen McTeer, Co-Chair, National Expert Commission

When?

Media interviews can be arranged to occur on Monday, November 21 and Tuesday, November 22, via telephone, on Parliament Hill or in-studio.

Evening reception is 5 to 7 p.m. with Judith Shamian and Maureen McTeer speaking at approximately 5:15 and 5:20 p.m., respectively.

Where?

Parliament Hill Evening reception will be held in 256-S, Centre Block

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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Kate Headley, External Communications Coordinator
Canadian Nurses Association
Telephone: 613-237-2159, ext. 561
Cell: 613-697-7507
E-mail: kheadley@cna-aiic.ca
Website: www.cna-aiic.ca

Lisa Brazeau, Director,
Communications and Member Outreach
Canadian Nurses Association
Cell: 613-864-1371
E-mail: lbrazeau@cna-aiic.ca
Website: www.cna-aiic.ca