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Report to Members on Survey Results
Published on Tuesday, 3 April, 2018

Thank you to the many CHNC members who responded to the CHNC Member Survey late in 2017, providing an amazing response rate of 40%.  The report from the survey is now available for you to read on the CHNC website.  

The valuable information learned through the survey will be used to shape the work of CHNC over the next year in particular.  To read the report, please log in.

Thanks again!
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Notice of Community Health Nurses of Canada – Annual General Meeting
Published on Sunday, 1 April, 2018

The Community Health Nurses of Canada (CHNC) will be holding our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 in conjunction with National Community Health Nursing Conference in Regina, SK.
Please be advised that proposed Bylaw changes will be on the agenda for the AGM.  Details to be posted with the agenda at a  later date.

Call for Resolutions
Please submit any resolutions on or before 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time May 21, 2018 to the Governance Standing Committee at   For Resolution Guidelines, please log in.
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Call for Nominations CHNC Board
Published on Thursday, 8 March, 2018

Community Health Nurses of Canada (CHNC) Nominating Committee is seeking experienced, committed, skilled individuals, who are passionate about community health nursing, as nominees for the CHNC Board of Directors to lead CHNC into the future.

The Call for Nominations is for the following Director positions for two-year terms of office beginning at the time of the Annual General Meeting held in conjunction with the National Community Health Nursing Conference, June 26-28, 2018 in Regina, SK.  Submission deadline is April 25, 2018.

Executive Positions
  • President Elect (4 year term through President Elect-President-Past President)
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
P/T Reps
  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Saskatchewan
  • Manitoba
  • Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Northwest Territories
  • Nunavut 
  • Quebec
For more information and to access the Nomination Form, please log in to the members area.
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CHNC Executive Director News
Published on Monday, 26 March, 2018

It is with mixed feelings that I announce the upcoming retirement of Joyce Fox as CHNC's Executive Director. 

Joyce began her position as Executive Director in 2016 but has been an active volunteer with CHNC for decades. She began her involvement in CHNC in the early 1990’s as the Ontario representative to the Board and as Communications Officer.  She has participated in many standing and ad hoc committees over the years, notably the Governance committee where her excellent grasp of governance and policy issues enabled development of CHNC's Bylaws and Policy Manual. Joyce demonstrated this expertise as parliamentarian at several CHNC AGMs. Joyce also was key to the formation of CHNC as a Centre of Excellence being one of the Ontario Nursing Leaders who recognized the need in Canada for a Community Health Nursing Centre of Excellence.  She participated in the CNA Community Health Nursing Certification question development panel and was on the advisory committees for the development of Community Health Nursing Standards of Practice and Public Health Nursing Competencies.

As Executive Director, Joyce has managed the functionality of the CHNC, providing operational support to the board, executive and standing committees. She has effectively managed resources and been the hub of communication for members and stakeholders. 

In 2017, Joyce was instrumental in the development of CHNC's 30th anniversary commemorative book: Caring and Connecting: Touching the Lives of Canadians through Community Health Nursing. Joyce has been a pleasure to work with. Her positive attitude, clear focus and emotional intelligence makes her a success at all endeavours.
Congratulations to Joyce on her distinguished and successful community health nursing career. On behalf of your many nursing colleagues, we thank you for your contributions and wish you continued health, happiness and fulfillment of all your dreams in your retirement. May 2019 bring you more time to travel!!!

Joyce will be with CHNC until the summer. Please feel free to contact her to wish her well. 

 A posting to find an Executive Director for CHNC now available.

 Katie Dilworth


Community Health Nurses of Canada

Updated Family-Centred Maternity and Newborn Care: National Guidelines
Published on Wednesday, 6 December, 2017

Today, the Public Health Agency of Canada released the first sections in the long-awaited update to Family-Centred Maternity and Newborn Care: National Guidelines.

The Guidelines are dedicated to improving and creating consistency in maternal and newborn health and to inform evidence based practice across Canada. The aim of the guidelines is to positively impact health from preconception to postpartum, and throughout the lifecourse of children, women and... families.

Released today are:
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: Family-Centred Maternity and Newborn Care in Canada - Underlying Philosophy and Principles (including Factsheet: Principles of Family-Centred Maternity and Newborn Care)
  • Chapter 2: Preconception Care (including Factsheet: Optimizing Preconception Health and Infographic: Preconception Health)
You can access the PDFs of the chapters and related factsheets/infographics online at: Family-Centred Maternity and Newborn Care: National Guidelines -

Over the next two years the Public Health Agency of Canada will be releasing the remaining chapters. 

Add Your Voice to Bicycle Helmet Safety!
Published on Wednesday, 6 December, 2017

Currently, mandatory bicycle helmet use for all ages is only legislated in British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and PEI; Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario have legislation for minors only. The remaining provinces and territories have no legislation with regards to the use of bicycle helmets at all.

Stand now with the Canadian Nursing Students Association to inform the Canadian Government that you care about the safety of Canadians – go to and join our email campaign encouraging ministers to work towards increased legislation or active enforcement as applicable.


This student led initiative is proudly supported by the Community Health Nurses of Canada.

New CPHO Report Released- Designing Healthy Living
Published on Friday, 27 October, 2017

Dr. Theresa Tam, the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, released her report on the state of public health in Canada. This report raises awareness about how the built environment that surrounds us can impact our health. This report aims to raise awareness among Canadians and to also encourage dialogue across the many disciplines involved in community planning and health promotion. You can learn more about how planning our communities can help build healthy living into our daily lives by reading the full report on

Case Study Research Project | Mental Health Commission of Canada
Published on Monday, 23 October, 2017

This summer, the "Declaration of Commitment for Psychological Health and Safety in Healthcare" was developed and released by the By Health for Health Collaborative of Canada, led in partnership with the Mental Health Commission of Canada and HealthCareCAN. The Declaration is a commitment to advancing the protection and promotion of mental health in the workplace and in alignment with the principles of the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard).  

A psychologically healthy and safe workplace:
•        Promotes positive culture and staff well-being
•        Prevents stigma and discrimination
•        Contributes to a productive and positive working environment
Better healthcare can be achieved when workplaces delivering care are healthy and safe, translating into improved morale, improved staff and patient satisfaction as well as reduced costs and reduced medical errors.

Putting Competencies into Practice
Published on Monday, 23 October, 2017

The Public Health Nursing & Nutrition (PHNN) Division of the Durham Region Health Department (DRHD) in Ontario has been a pioneer to establish competencies to guide public health nursing practice. In October of 1993, members of the Nursing Practice Committee reviewed and discussed foundational documents.  Using the Division’s nursing competencies strategic plan and the philosophical statement of the Division, the committee identified 20 key topics. After delivering education sessions on these topics and receiving input from members of the PHNN Division, the final competency document was completed in January of 1997. When this document was developed, it was received as a unique approach in Canada and was used to develop similar documents across the nation. Review and revisions of this document were last completed in June 2004. 

Members of the Nursing Practice Committee (NPC) started a review of the nursing competencies in January 2016. After an extensive review of different foundational documents, the Public Health Nursing Discipline Specific Competencies Version 1.0 (2009) from the Community Health Nurses of Canada (CHNC) was selected to replace the DRHD PHNN Nursing Competencies.  The CHNC Competencies were the most comprehensive while reflecting the majority of the knowledge and skills already highlighted in the PHNN Nursing Competencies.  

An event was implemented to provide an overview of the CHNC Competencies as well as introduce a Knowledge and Skills Support Document that was created to support nurses in utilizing these competencies. The support document includes 21 key elements that enhance nursing practice.  The launch event included a detailed description of the competencies and provided history, insight and different perspectives, delivered by guest speaker, Ruth Schofield, BScN, RN, MSc(T), former president of CHNC and CHNIG. Activities were also included to help nurses and nutritionists become familiar with the CHNC competencies.  The CHNC Competencies are currently being used to guide practice in the PHNN Division. 

For more information contact Lindsay LaBarre, RN, Public Health Nurse, Durham Region Health Department at

Online Course in Conflict Management Skills - Offer Extended to December 31, 2018
Published on Wednesday, 30 August, 2017

Your opportunity to take advantage of the reduced rate of 50% off for  CIIAN's Conflict Management Skills for Nurses and Healthcare Workers course ends on December 31, 2018.

Click here for further course details and to see how you can take advantage of this reduced rate.

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