To be a candidate for president-elect an individual must:
- Be a nurse in good standing with their provincial or territorial regulatory body
- Have paid their CNA fees either through their jurisdictional member or as part of the independent nurse membership group
- Have demonstrated leadership ability
The nominee must consent to the nomination and be prepared to show his or her leadership ability in a statement, which is published in the “ticket of nominations.”
The following are not eligible:
- Current board members, employees or independent contractors of CNA.
To fulfil the role of president-elect, the candidate must possess five overarching competencies: (1) accountability, (2) analytical thinking, (3) leadership, (4) community orientation, and (5) a visionary and future orientation.
Accountability (active participation, reflective and willing to learn, has an organizational commitment)
Assumes the responsibility to govern CNA through a commitment that all actions, decisions and policies are made in the public interest. Reflects on and actively seeks the necessary knowledge for a solid understanding of self-regulation, governance, and the role of the board and CNA. Actively participates in board activities through preparing for meetings, articulating ideas, being willing to engage, contributing during meetings, and debating in a constructive manner.
Analytical thinking (ability to hold a systems perspective, be a strategic thinker)
Has the willingness and ability to address issues from a broad systems perspective while understanding the interaction between the parts and the whole. This includes being able to ask questions to determine the root cause of an issue, logically analyzing the information required to determine potential solutions, exploring and considering differences of opinion, making sound strategic decisions based on the best evidence to determine the strategic direction, and positively governing CNA within its mandate.
Leadership (relationship-building, teamwork, servant leadership)
Has the ability to build relationships within the board, CNA, stakeholders and staff. Promotes teamwork and actively contributes to board decision-making. Is open and respects diverse opinions and constructive disagreement and actively participates in group discussions to determine unity of purpose, reduce obstacles to board effectiveness, and coach and develop new board members. Understands the board’s authority is as a group and once a board decision is made is willing to honour it, even if he or she did not vote for it.
Community (public) orientation
Willingness and ability to connect with stakeholders in order to understand the range and intensity of owners’ perspectives and make decisions on their behalf. Becomes familiar with the expectations, priorities and values of CNA and stakeholders. Seeks to become more knowledgeable about key issues affecting CNA through input from the members in order to make the best possible decisions and set CNA strategic direction on the members’ behalf.
Visionary and future orientation (outward focus)
Demonstrates the capability and inclination to work on future-focused issues by understanding the forces that are shaping health and health care. Proactively assists to shape the vision, future direction and positioning of CNA for long-term success, including setting the strategic direction and the development and monitoring of policies.