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Who We Are

Vision and mission
Influencing healthy public policy
Ensuring the voice of the registered nurse is heard
Promoting the role of registered nurses
Learning opportunities

Our strength is in the knowledge, skill and influence of the registered nurses of Canada.

CNA is a powerful, unified voice for Canada’s registered nurses. We represent registered nurses from 10 provincial and territorial nursing associations and colleges, independent registered nurse members from Ontario and Quebec and retired registered nurses from across the country. We advance the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada’s publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.

CNA speaks for Canadian registered nurses and represents Canadian nursing to other organizations and to governments, nationally and internationally. We give registered nurses a strong national association through which they can support each other and speak with one voice. We provide registered nurses with a core staff of nursing and health policy consultants and experts in other areas such as communication and testing.

Vision and mission

CNA’s Vision

Registered nurses: Leaders and partners working to advance nursing and health.

CNA’s Mission

CNA is the national professional voice of registered nurses, advancing the practice of nursing and the profession to improve health outcomes in a publicly funded, not-for-profit health system by:

  • unifying the voices of registered nurses;
  • strengthening nursing leadership;
  • promoting nursing excellence and a vibrant profession;
  • advocating for healthy public policy and a quality health system; and
  • serving the public interest.

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Influencing healthy public policy

CNA is a key player on federal and provincial committees, coalitions and roundtables, where we use the nursing perspective of our members to help shape public policy on issues like primary health care, chronic diseases, quality end-of-life care and the effective use of health resources. We work closely with an assembly of Canada’s 13 provincial and territorial premiers — known as the Council of the Federation — to harmonize health care and nursing solutions across Canada. We also participate in numerous non-governmental initiatives affecting health such as those that promote income equality, safe and affordable housing, and harm reduction.

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Ensuring the voice of the registered nurse is heard

Influencing health policy is a collective effort — one that relies on the expertise and experience of our members because, after all, they know better than anyone what’s going on in their health-care settings. Through surveys, workshops and focus groups, we regularly consult with our members, especially before governmental meetings, when we invite members to attend to share their knowledge and expertise.

The contributions of our members — especially in the areas of mental health, health promotion and disease prevention, healthy agingpatient safety and the social determinants of health — are essential to our work. For example, our members’ valuable input continues to guide ongoing National Expert Commission projects, particularly the influential Top 5 in 5 initiative. Feedback from our members has also been instrumental in shaping updates to CNA’s Primary Care Toolkit, our Progress in Practice webinar series, and our many position statements on topics from influenza immunization to health human resource planning.

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Promoting the role of registered nurses

We advocate for you and your crucial role in Canada’s publicly funded, not-for-profit health-care system. We ensure the RN voice is heard when key decisions are being made about how health care is delivered in Canada. We also advance RN practice through many initiatives like our Ask a Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioners: It’s About Time! public awareness campaigns.

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Learning opportunities

In the ever-changing world of health care, RNs are always learning. CNA gathers information from across Canada and provides a vast array of knowledge resources to our members. In our member benefits section you’ll discover many of the benefits, resources and professional development tools that are at your fingertips as a member of CNA.

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