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Canadian Nurses Association installs 45th president: Barb Mildon of Whitby, Ontario

Ottawa, Thursday, June 21, 2012 — Barb Mildon, RN, PhD, will be officially installed as the 45th president of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) today at the closing ceremonies of its highly successful biennial convention in Vancouver. As president, she will represent 146,788 registered nurse members across Canada.

Mildon is currently vice-president of professional practice and research and chief nurse executive at the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby, Ontario. As past president of the Community Health Nurses of Canada, she led the development of national standards of practice for community health nursing, which resulted in CNA’s recognition of community health nursing as a specialty practice and inclusion in CNA’s Certification program.

“I look forward to working with CNA and its members and being part of a strong and sustainable organization that has the real power to advance social justice and achieve health-system transformation,” said Mildon. “We as health-care providers know what the system must be in order to meet the growing and changing needs of Canadians. The collective energy and voice of registered nurses will guarantee the follow-through and execution that the health of our nation needs.”

The change of command comes as CNA concludes its annual meeting and biennial convention and as Judith Shamian’s two-year term as president comes to a close. One of Shamian’s many initiatives during her time with CNA was the establishment of the National Expert Commission, developed to offer practical, evidence-based policy solutions for health-care transformation. The Commission presented its final report, A Nursing Call to Action, to Canadians, registered nurses and CNA leadership at the annual meeting on Monday.

Mildon sees the Commission’s report as crucial to the future of health care in Canada.  “I consider reinforcing what the Commission report stated so clearly to be of the utmost importance: Canadians are expecting nurses to take a strong, visible, vocal leadership role for better health,” she said. “I’m committed to turning the work and recommendations made by this landmark Commission on health and health care into action, and I know that CNA and its members are too.”

Mildon graduated from the Seneca College diploma nursing program obtained her BScN, MN and PhD in nursing at the University of Toronto. Having published and presented widely, she is the recipient of several awards, including a Rising Star Award from the University of Toronto’s faculty of nursing (2004), the RNAO Award of Merit (2006) and CNA’s Centennial Award (2008). Mildon was elected CNA’s president-elect in June 2010. Karima Velji, chief operating officer and chief nursing executive at Baycrest in Toronto, a global leader in developing and providing innovations in aging and brain health, was Mildon’s successor.

CNA is the national professional voice of registered nurses in Canada. A federation of 11 provincial and territorial nursing associations and colleges representing 146,788 registered nurses, CNA advances the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada’s publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.

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