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International Work

The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) has a long history of working on behalf of its membership to advance  health policy and development in Canada and abroad and to support global health and equity.

Nursing Now Canada — In June 2019, Canada joined Nursing Now, a global campaign that aims to improve health and health care by raising the status and profile of nursing. Check out Canada’s involvement.

International Council of Nurses — CNA’s membership in the International Council of Nurses ensures Canadian nurses’ knowledge and experience contribute to advancing global health and equity. This is achieved by bringing Canadian nursing expertise and innovations to policy thinking, thereby gaining visibility, credibility and a nursing voice on health issues. See why CNA values this relationship.

Global health issues — CNA collaborates with national and international non-governmental organizations and Canadian government departments to bring expertise and perspectives of nursing to inform and influence Canada’s position on global health issues. Explore the issues.

Programs and partnerships — For more than 35 years, CNA worked with national nursing associations (NNAs) at home and around the world to build partnerships and increase NNA capacities to strengthen the nursing profession and improve the quality of nursing and health services. Through the Strengthening Nurses, Nursing Networks and Associations Program (SNNNAP), funded by the former Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), CNA worked with eight international NNAs from 2007 to 2012. Take a retrospective look.

International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife — The World Health Organization designated 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife in honour of the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. Learn more.