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Canadian Nurses Association launches innovative Stellar Certification Program to elevate workplaces

January 30, 2024 (Montreal, Quebec) - In response to the pressing challenges faced by Canada's health-care system, the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) proudly introduces the Stellar Certification Program, a groundbreaking initiative designed to recognize and promote exceptional support for nurses in a variety of practice settings nationwide.

The program is launched with an initial focus on the long-term care sector and will recognize workplaces that promote safety, follow best staffing practices, support nurses’ development, and ensure an inclusive workforce.

Stellar certification was created to address critical issues that have plagued health care — and have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic — such as health-care worker fatigue, staffing shortages, and sub-optimal work environments. With a commitment to addressing these challenges head on, the program will begin by showcasing long-term care homes that go above and beyond in providing exceptional support for their nursing staff.

The Stellar Certification Program kicks off with launching the program in its first site, the Grace Dart Extended Care Centre in Montreal, marking a pivotal moment in the journey toward transforming and revitalizing the long-term care industry.

"Our new Stellar Certification Program is a groundbreaking initiative that marks a new era for workplace excellence,” explains Tim Guest, CNA's CEO. “It’s our commitment to transforming health-care work environments into spaces that prioritize the well-being of nurses and, by extension, the quality of care they provide.”

Fostering supportive environments
The Stellar Certification Program translates into a workplace environment that supports the physical and emotional well-being of nursing professionals. Choosing a Stellar-certified workplace means nurses are empowered to deliver better care to their patients and clients.

Stellar is a manifestation of CNA's commitment to advocating for nurses and acknowledges the crucial role a positive work environment plays in the overall health and satisfaction of health-care professionals.

Recognizing the ever-evolving nature of health care, the Stellar Certification Program actively supports ongoing professional development for nurses, ensuring they remain equipped with the latest tools and knowledge to thrive in their careers.

Elevating workplaces, attracting talent
For employers, attaining Stellar certification is a powerful tool for retaining and recruiting nurses, addressing one of today’s most pressing challenges in the health-care workforce. By achieving Stellar certification, nurse employers are actively contributing to improved quality of care by ensuring their nursing staff is equipped for health-care service excellence.

Reducing business risk and liability is a tangible outcome of the program, providing organizations with a robust framework to navigate the complex industry landscape. Diversity and inclusion are core values of the Stellar Certification Program, aligning with the broader goals of organizations to better reflect Canada's evolving population.

Stellar certification is a mark of distinction, improving the reputation and credibility of nurse employers among their employees as well as the people in their care and their families.


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 nurses in all sectors and practice settings across all 13 provinces and territories. We represent nurses that are unionized and non-unionized, retired nurses, nursing students, and all categories of nurses (licensed and registered practical nurses, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and registered psychiatric nurses).

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