As you know for the past number of years your membership fees for CHNC were collected through your provincial association. Due to changes in CHNC bylaws and policy during a process required under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act, group membership fees no longer exist and your CHNC membership fees must be paid directly to CHNC. Your membership to CHNIG or CHN Alberta will continue as usual in the Fall 2015 for membership in 2016, however, it will not include membership for CHNC. Membership renewal time at CHNC is January 1st. At that time you will be sent a reminder that your CHNC membership renewal is due. Membership in both your provincial & national association is important and we encourage you to renew to support both local and national initiatives.
Why is membership in my national association important?
CHNC continues to grow and evolve, becoming known as the Centre of Excellence for Community Health Nurses in Canada. Viewed as a credible, expert organization, CHNC is recognized as the national voice for community health nurses in Canada. CHNC is advocating for health system transformation, and optimized CHN scopes of practice, leadership, education, research, and professional development.
CHNC Membership allows you to become involved in this innovative organization and entitles you to a number of benefits including:
- access to the quarterly newsletter,
- regular updates for members,
- reduced conference registration fees,
- access to professional development opportunities,
- access to the members’ only section of the CHNC website,
- eligibility to apply or be nominated for CHNC bursaries and awards,
- opportunity to attend and vote at the Annual General Meeting, vote in CHNC elections or be elected to sit on the CHNC Board of Directors.
- If you have CNA Certification in Community Health Nursing your involvement in CHNC committees, boards and forums provides continuing education hours towards re-certification and four continuous learning hours per year for membership in CHNC as your national specialty group. That means in your 5 year certification cycle you could earn 20 continuous learning hours, 20% of those required for recertification – just by being a member of CHNC!
Most importantly CHNC membership provides you with the opportunity to network with community health nursing colleagues across the country and to influence community health nursing & community health in Canada by representing CHNC on national committees, consultations, projects and forums. It has never been more important to have a strong national association advocating for community health nursing and community health. Whether you are interested in becoming a member simply to be informed and to contribute to the financial support of CHNC or whether you are able to contribute more of your time by participating on standing committees or other CHNC activities, CHNC needs your support - together we are leaders for a healthy Canada!