July 1, 2023 — The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) is hosting the International Council of Nurses Congress in Montreal today until July 5 under the theme Nurses together: a force for global health. More than 5,000 participants from 100 countries are converging to the Palais des Congrès to discuss current global health issues and share their perspectives.
As the world’s largest health-care workforce, nurses should play a greater role in shaping health policies. Appointing nurse leaders to executive positions, and fully recognizing and valuing their skills, knowledge, attributes, and expertise is necessary to tackle global and national health challenges. Protecting and investing in the nursing profession is ultimately investing in better health outcomes for everyone worldwide.
Universal access to health care is part of Canada’s identity. However, true universalism involves advancing the health of all people in Canada. “We must continue the work to ensure marginalized communities, including Indigenous nurses and patients, can fully join our profession or overcome inequitable access to health-care services or health outcomes,” said CNA president Sylvain Brousseau. “Indigenous communities in Canada and other countries face similar challenges. This gathering is an occasion to recognize the historical mistreatment of these groups, including in health-care systems, and its subsequent role on current systemic and structural barriers.”
About the Canadian Nurses Association
CNA is the national and global professional voice of Canadian nursing. Our mission is to advance the nursing profession to improve health outcomes in Canada’s publicly funded, not-for-profit health system. CNA is the only national association that speaks for all types of nurses across all 13 provinces and territories. We represent nurses that are unionized and non-unionized, retired nurses, nursing students, and all categories of nurses (registered nurses, nurse practitioners, licensed and registered practical nurses, and registered psychiatric nurses).
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