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Community Health Nurses of Canada (CHNC)

The Community Health Nurses of Canada (CHNC) is the national voice of community health nurses. Our goal is to advance community health nursing across Canada and improve the health of Canadians. We are a leader in developing discipline-specific practice standards and core competencies for community health nursing certification process. These activities bring a greater understanding of our nursing specialty and increase the knowledge and abilities of community health nurses and nursing students.

Along with standards for community health nursing, CHNC has developed competencies for public health nurses and home care nurses. We are currently creating public health leadership competencies through a Public Health Agency of Canada initiative, in conjunction with other public health organizations. In addition, CHNC is working with the Marie Des Anges Loyer-DaSilva advisory board at the University of Ottawa to explore the establishment of a centre of excellence for community health nursing (with an initial focus on public health).

We are also involved in advocacy, research and support for community health nursing through partnerships with the Canadian Nurses Association (through the Canadian Network of Nursing Specialties) as well as with the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Public Health Association and other national and provincial organizations.

Members of CHNC can use CNA resources to help prepare for certification, and they can also access our Community Health Nursing Certification Guidebook free of charge. As well, nurses certified in community health nursing (CCHN(C)) can claim four hours of continuous learning credits toward CNA certification each year, just for being a member of CHNC.

CHNC not only gives nurses a voice on relevant community health issues. We offer networking opportunities with other community health nurses (CHNs) and with nurses in other specialities. In addition, CHNC provides professional development opportunities for nurses through national conferences and educational webinars. We also invite members to get involved with national committees, projects and forums (which include an additional 20 hours of continuous learning credits toward CNA certification).

As the only national gathering for CHNs, the CHNC annual conference brings together nurses from public health, home health, mental health, and primary health-care sectors. It is a forum to explore issues of mutual concern as well as exchange knowledge, share evidence and ideas, and generate solutions.

Other advantages of CHNC membership include:

  • Discounts to attend the national conference
  • Access to the members-only section of our website
  • Access to CHNC’s electronic newsletter: Great Big News
  • Awards and bursaries
  • Eligibility to apply or be nominated for CHNC bursaries and awards
  • Access to several online publications, including:
    • Entry-to-Practice Public Health Nursing Competencies for Undergraduate Nursing Education (2014)
    • Canadian Community Health Nursing Professional Practice Model Graphic (2013)
    • Public Health Nursing Leadership Development in Canada report (2013)
    • Public Health Nursing: Primary Prevention of Chronic Diseases report (2012)
    • Canadian Community Health Nursing: Professional Practice Model and Standards of Practice (Revised 2011)
    • A Blueprint for Action for Community Health Nursing in Canada (2011)
    • Home Health Nursing Competencies (2010)
    • The Public Health Nursing Discipline Specific Competencies (2009)
Anne Clarotto, CHNC President

Anne Clarotto, RN, BN, MHS
Community Health Nurses of Canada