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Canadian Nurses Association shines spotlight on health employers

Hôpital Pierre-Le Gardeur’s oncology centre is the 2015 recipient

Ottawa, June 16, 2015 — The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) today recognized the winner of its 2015 CNA Employer Recognition Award. This prestigious prize honours employers who have shown an exceptional commitment to supporting registered nurses (RNs) who pursue and maintain national certification in a range of nursing specialties/areas of nursing practice

“CNA recognizes employers that go above and beyond to support and foster excellence in nursing,” said CNA president Karima Velji. “Over the years, this award has brought greater awareness to the role employers can play as exemplary leaders that inspire others. And celebrating success is an important part of our journey toward a better health-care system and the best patient outcomes.”

CNA offers voluntary certification in 20 specialties/areas of nursing practice, including community health, emergency, oncology, gerontology, medical-surgical, perinatal, and psychiatric and mental health nursing. Today, more than 18,700 RNs have earned this nationally recognized credential.

This year’s top award winner is Hôpital Pierre-Le Gardeur’s oncology centre. Over the past twelve months, the whole health team at the hospital got involved in the RN certification study group, including pharmacists, psychologists and medical oncologists, to support the RNs as they went through the certification process and to enhance their own expertise. As a result, the team enhanced its knowledge and morale, more nurses now want to pursue certification and other team members are looking for proactive strategies to develop their skills and knowledge.

Many employers seek out CNA-certified nurses in their recruitment campaigns, because they see the benefit in building a workforce of RNs who are officially recognized as qualified, competent and current in a specialty. Employers’ active participation in the CNA Certification Program demonstrates their commitment to patient safety and to creating a work environment that promotes continuing competence and excellence in patient care.

Honourable mentions went to the BC Cancer Agency (BCCA) and the ICU at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital in Ontario. BCCA’s dedication to professional development ensures that nursing staff feel fully supported and have easy access to innovative tools and resources. St. Thomas Elgin puts a distinct value on advanced practice nursing, while making sure it leads staff by example and engages its wider health-care team in the process of certification and knowledge advancement.

CNA certification is obtained by successfully completing a rigorous study and exam process to ensure an RN’s specialized knowledge and skills are current and comprehensive. CNA-certified nurses receive a trademarked certification distinction, which helps bring them career advancement opportunities, higher earning potential and even university credit toward another nursing degree. CNA certification exams are developed by CNA-certified RNs across Canada.

CNA is the national professional voice representing 135,000 registered nurses in Canada. 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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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Kate Headley, Manager of Communications
Canadian Nurses Association
Telephone: 613-237-2159, ext. 561
Cell: 613-697-7507
E-mail: kheadley@cna-aiic.ca