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CNA Webinar Series

Once you have registered for one of the webinars listed below, be sure to download these WebEx instructions [PDF, 544.6 KB].

Recordings of past webinars

New pediatric guidelines can help you promote recovery in kids following concussions

Child concussions account for one out of every 70 visits to pediatric emergency departments across Canada. In this webinar, you’ll learn about the tools and resources available to help you assess and manage these mild traumatic brain injuries to ensure children can return to normal activities quickly and safely. We will take a detailed look at how the first comprehensive and evidenced-based Canadian Guidelines for Diagnosing and Managing Pediatric Concussion can inform your practice.

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 12-12:45 p.m. ET

Presented by:

Maureen Palmer, RN, CRRN, BHScN
Director and Nurse Rehabilitation Consultant
Palmer & Associates Rehabilitation Inc.

Maureen Palmer is a nurse rehabilitation consultant in private practice. She has been specializing in pediatric and adolescent acquired brain injury (ABI) rehabilitation since 1992. Maureen’s professional experience includes her work as a clinical instructor in surgical/trauma, transplant and neurosurgical intensive care units at the Toronto Hospital. She has been active in promoting rehabilitation nursing as well as standards, research and policies for Ontarians with disabilities and those living with an ABI. Recognizing the unique and often profound impact of concussion on the health of children and youth, the increase in public awareness of concussion, and the central role of nurses and nurse practitioners in the quality care and management of pediatric concussion, she is delighted to have the opportunity to discuss the first comprehensive, evidence-based Guidelines for Diagnosing and Managing Pediatric Concussion.


Beverly Solomon, RN, BScN, CRN(c)
Ambulatory Care Nurse, Brain Injury Rehab Outpatient Team
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Beverly Solomon has worked in pediatric rehabilitation for 30 years and is the ambulatory care nurse on the brain injury rehab outpatient team at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto. Beverly was part of the development of the Guidelines for Diagnosing and Managing Pediatric Concussion since 2010 when the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation first started its work on a strategy to improve recognition, diagnosis and management of concussions in Ontario. Beverly was a national expert panel member that helped develop the guidelines. With proper and early intervention, children and adolescents will not have to experience or suffer persistent somatic, cognitive, psychological and/or behavioural changes as the result of a concussion. Beverly believes that registered nurses and nurse practitioners can deliver the care and education for these children, adolescents and their families so that the best outcomes will be achieved.

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How Canada can integrate and retain internationally educated nurses

A stable and sufficient supply of nurses continues to be one of Canada’s greatest health-care challenges. Global migration of nurses to Canada is part of the answer, so it is essential that internationally educated nurses (IENs) who work in this country have the opportunity to practise their profession fully and contribute to the health-care system. This webinar will provide an overview of a Health Canada funded project that is identifying factors for successful integration, retention and career advancement of IENs.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 12-12:45 p.m. ET

Presented by:

Isabelle St-Pierre, RN, PhD
Assistant Professor, Nursing Department,
Université du Québec en Outaouais

Isabelle St-Pierre’s research includes topics such as internationally educated nurses; recruitment, retention and mobility; and workplace violence and organizational justice. Isabelle is also an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa and the receiving editor for the nursing journal Aporia. Her background is in occupational health nursing. She worked as a nurse case manager for workers compensation and as an occupational health nurse for a community hospital, municipal government and a federal crown corporation. Isabelle has also worked as a public health nurse and a staff nurse in intensive care and an emergency department. She holds PhD and master’s degrees in nursing from the University of Ottawa, a diploma at the master’s level in adult education and a certificate in occupational health from the Université du Québec en Outaouais.

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For questions about the CNA webinar series, contact Colleen Gushue at cgushue@cna-aiic.ca.