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Sad News: Dr. Benita Cohen
Published on Friday, 19 November, 2021

We are saddened to share the news that Dr. Benita Cohen passed away on November 17, 2021. Dr. Cohen was the recipient of the Award of Merit from CHNC in 2013.  

Below is a message from the College of Nursing at University of Manitoba, where Dr. Cohen was an associate professor:
 
Dear Colleagues,
 
It is with sadness that I’m letting you know that Dr. Benita Cohen, associate professor in the College of Nursing, passed away yesterday. Benita has been a valued member of our team for 24 years. Benita was known for her excellence in teaching in both undergraduate and graduate courses. Benita’s program of research was focused on health equity and social justice, issues she was passionate about. She was currently providing leadership as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Public Health Association.
 
Benita was a dear colleague, leader, teacher, researcher, mentor and friend. She will certainly be missed.
 
Benita Cohen Obituary, Condolences and Service Details: 
https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/winnipeg-mb/benita-cohen-10451415
 
The CHNC Board of Directors extends our deepest condolences to Dr. Cohen's family and friends.  

Health Inequities and Moral Distress Among Community Health Nurses During the Pandemic
Published on Thursday, 10 June, 2021

 
Hello, you are invited to participate in an online survey exploring community health nurses’ experiences with moral distress & health inequities during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The survey is being carried out by a team of researchers from across Canada and is being conducted in collaboration with the Community Health Nurses of Canada and the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health.

The survey is open to all nurses who have worked in the community during the pandemic and it will take you approximately 30 minutes to complete. Please click on the link below to learn more about the research. 

Health Inequities and Moral Distress Among Community Health Nurses During the Pandemic

Please feel free to forward this email to other community health nurses you know, who may be interested in sharing their thoughts with us. The survey will close in 3 weeks.

Many thanks,

Catherine Baxter RN, PhD. (Lead Researcher)

Faculty of Health Studies

Brandon University

baxterc@brandonu.ca

CHNC Statement: Response to News of 215 Indigenous Children
Published on Wednesday, 2 June, 2021

 

Following the devastating and horrific news of the remains of 215 Indigenous children being discovered at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School grounds, the Community Health Nurses of Canada (CHNC), a voluntary organization that promotes health and advances nursing practice, extends our deepest condolences to the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc people and community on this tragic loss, which is challenging to process. 

As leaders in community health, we are committed to the recommendations in the Truth and reconciliation Commission (TRC) and to advance the calls to action (Truth & Reconciliation). CHNC’s strategic priorities include advocating for social and political issues related to health, and advancing principles and practice toward health equity. Each one of us, as community health nurses, must commit to active reconciliation. 

CHNC members honour the lives of the 215 Indigenous children and their families. We have the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc people and community, and First Nations communities across the land in our hearts. For anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of their Residential school experience, please contact the National Indian Residential School Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419.

CHNC Standards of Practice Powerpoint Presentations
Published on Tuesday, 1 June, 2021

We are pleased to advise you that we now have several ppt presentations regarding the CHNC Standards of Practice available for wide use and distribution. These include

  1. CHNC Standards of Practice – Francophone CHN version (i.e. en français)
  2. CHNC Standards of Practice – for Nurse Educators
  3. CHNC Standards of Practice – with Public Health Nursing examples
  4. CHNC Standards of Practice – with Home Health Nursing examples
  5. CHNC Standards of Practice – with Family Practice Nursing examples

Our hope is that you can make use of these as well as assist us in disseminating these widely within your CHN networks.

https://www.chnc.ca/en/standards-of-practice

Happy Nursing Week from CHNC!
Published on Monday, 10 May, 2021

Dear CHNC members,

It is with great pride and immense pleasure that we say Happy Nursing Week to community health nurses across our country. The pandemic has proven that community health nurses step up to the call each and every single time. The pandemic has meant intense utilization of community health nursing resources for the COVID-19 response and for ongoing service provision in all domains of community health nursing. 

This year’s Canadian Nurses Association National Nursing Week theme is #WeAnswerTheCall. As outgoing President and incoming President, we would like you to know that you are most valued and appreciated. Community Health Nurses definitely answered the call. 

We hope that you will have some moments to take care of yourselves this week. Happy Nursing Week. Please join us on social media platforms to see our graphics celebrating community health nursing during Nursing Week.

#WeAnswerTheCall
#CHNsAnswerTheCall
#CHNInAction
#CommunityHealthNurses

Yours truly,

Cheryl Cusack, outgoing President
Donna Jepsen, incoming President

Notice of Meeting: CHNC Annual Meeting of Members 2021
Published on Wednesday, 21 April, 2021

NOTICE is hereby given that the Annual Meeting of Members of the Community Health Nurses of Canada (the "Association”) will be held at at the hour of 7:00PM (Eastern Time) in the evening on the 12th day of May, 2021, for the following purposes:

  1. To receive the financial statements of the Association for the period ended December 31, 2020 together with the report of the public accountant thereon;
  2. To elect directors to the Board of Directors of the Association;
  3. To appoint a public accountant for engagement review for the Association for the financial year 2021;
  4. To receive reports from the Board of Directors of the Association;
  5. To transact other business as may properly be brought before the meeting.
The 2021 Annual Meeting of Members will be held online. Pre-registration is required (please see details below).
 
Documents for the annual meeting of members will follow.
 
DATED at the City of Toronto, in the Province of Ontario, this 21st day of April, 2021.

BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CHERYL CUSACK
 
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The 2021 Annual Meeting of Members will be held online. To attend the meeting, you must register for the meeting in advance. The registration deadline is 12:00 (Eastern Time) in the afternoon of Wednesday, May 12, 2021. 
 
 
Once your registration is approved, you will receive a link and further instructions to attend the meeting. 

Please note, you must be able to log into the online platform (computer, smartphone/tablet app) to cast votes at the meeting.
 
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Call for Nominations: CHNC Awards 2021
Published on Thursday, 15 April, 2021

 

Do you know a nurse who deserves to be recognized? Nominations are open for CHNC awards; deadline for submission is May 3, 2021.

To access the criteria and details about the nomination process please log-in to the CHNC website and view the award details.

Award of Merit

Each year, the Community Health Nurses of Canada offers an Award of Merit to one outstanding nurse for their exemplary, visionary contribution to community health nursing. To be eligible for this award, the community health nurse must be nominated by a current CHNC member. The nomination must have a minimum of one supporter.

Honorary Lifetime Award

Honorary lifetime membership will be awarded to an individual for significant lifetime contributions to the advancement of Community Health Nursing and Community Health Nurses of Canada.

Barbara Mildon Certification Bursary

The purpose of the $500.00 bursary is to provide encouragement and support to an individual(s) pursuing certification and to offset the cost of the initial certification examination.  Applicants must have been a member of CHNC for one year prior to application.

CHNC Annual Meeting of Members | Registration Now Available
Published on Monday, 29 March, 2021

The Community Health Nurses of Canada will hold its Annual Meeting of Members on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 7:00pm (Eastern). A formal notice of meeting and meeting documentation shall follow in April.
 
The 2021 Annual Meeting of Members will be held online. To attend the meeting, you must register for the meeting in advance. The registration deadline is 12:00 (Eastern Time) in the afternoon of Wednesday, May 12, 2021. 
 
 
Once your registration is approved, you will receive a link and further instructions to attend the meeting. 
Please note, you must be able to log into the online platform (computer, smartphone/tablet app) to cast votes at the meeting. Only CHNC Members in good standing will be eligible to vote at the meeting.
 
 
Yours sincerely,
 
Community Health Nurses of Canada

CHNC Annual Meeting of Members 2021 | Call for Nominations | Call for Resolutions
Published on Monday, 22 March, 2021

The Community Health Nurses of Canada will hold its Annual Meeting of Members on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. The meeting will be held virtually. Further details and meeting documentation will follow shortly.

 

Call for Nominations

 
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 to be held virtually on May 12, 2021.   
 
Executive Positions
  • Communications Officer
Provincial and Territorial Representatives
  • New Brunswick
  • Nova Scotia
  • Nunavut
  • Ontario
  • Prince Edward Island; and
  • Yukon
For more information, please see the official Call for Nominations and the nomination form.

 

Call for Resolutions

 
Please submit any resolutions on or before April 12, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern Time to the Governance Standing Committee at info@chnc.ca. For Resolution Guidelines click here.

CHNC2021 postponed to 2022
Published on Friday, 19 March, 2021

Dear Colleague,

CHNC has made the difficult but unavoidable decision to postpone our CHNC conference once again.

While we had hoped to gather in Richmond, British Columbia for our rescheduled dates in May 2021, the continuing complexities and uncertainties surrounding covid-19 have made it increasingly difficult to do so.

Most importantly, we recognize that many, if not most, of those involved in planning, presenting and/or attending the conference will need to continue their crucial roles on the frontlines of Canada’s response to the pandemic over the coming months.

We plan to return to Richmond for CHNC2022.

We are very disappointed we will not be able to meet this year, but we very much hope to see you in 2022. Until then, please take care and stay safe during these challenging times.

Yours sincerely,

Cheryl Cusack, RN, PhD
President, on behalf of the Board of Directors,
Community Health Nurses of Canada

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