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CHNC Draft Financial Statements 2019
Publié surTuesday, 30 June, 2020

Dear CHNC Member,

Further to our earlier announcement about our postponed Annual Meeting of Members, we are writing to inform you that our draft audited Financial Statements for the year ending December 31, 2019 are now available on the CHNC website (please note, you must be logged into your membership account to access the draft statements).  Please let us know if you have any difficulty accessing the statements.  

We are distributing these statements in advance of the Annual Meeting of Members to conform to requirements set out by the exemption order issued by by the Director appointed under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act on the time to call an annual meeting of members that is required to be held after the corporation’s financial year ending December 31, 2019.

Our Annual Meeting of Members will take place on October 7, 2020 from 6:30-8:30pm Eastern in a virtual format. 
 

Further information about the Annual Meeting of Members will follow over the coming months.

We hope you remain safe during these difficult times.  

Yours sincerely,

Community Health Nurses of Canada

CHNC Statement on Confronting Racism
Publié surFriday, 12 June, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

Recent events have been emotional. Now is not the time to hesitate on speaking up. The Community Health Nurses of Canada’s vision is to advance practice excellence and to provide leadership to promote the health of people in Canada1. This means the health of all. To promote the health of all means that we must call out racism, oppression, and violence, and bring these issues to the forefront as threats to health and well-being.

The impact of racism on the health of Canadians is not new. Whether overt or inadvertent, racism poses a health risk for individuals and for the population2.  Canadian research demonstrates that there are health disparities rooted in racism and explains how inequities are also rooted in biases in the provision of health care3. Community health nurses, as experienced health professionals, understand racism as a social determinant of health and practice cultural humility through self-reflection and lifelong learning to redress health inequity and provide culturally safe care.

CHNC believes social justice and health equity are central to all five domains of community health nursing: clinical care, policy, research, administration/leadership and education. CHNC’s strategic priorities include advocating for social and political issues related to health and advancing principles and practice toward health equity.

We stand in solidarity with Black, Indigenous, and racialized people across Canada. We will continue to strive to push and support policies that address implicit biases and systematic racism that affect the health of people in Canada.

Community Health Nurses of Canada
 
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1.  Community Health Nurses of Canada. (2020). Vision. https://www.chnc.ca/en/vision-mission-statement-values
2.  Canadian Public Health Association. (2018). Racism and Public Health. Canadian Public Health Association, Policy and Advocacy, Policy and Position Statements. Retrieved from https://www.cpha.ca/racism-and-public-health
3.  Nestel, S. (2012). Colour Coded Health Care: The impact of race and racism on Canadians’ health. Toronto, ON, Wellesley Institute. Retrieved from https://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Colour-Coded-Health-Care-Sheryl-Nestel.pdf

Update on CHNC Annual Meeting of Members 2020
Publié surMonday, 8 June, 2020

Dear Member,

 
We hope this message finds you well in these continued challenging times. We are writing today to provide an update on our annual meeting of members.
 
Further to our earlier announcement, we were disappointed to need to postpone our CHNC2020 conference until May 2021, in light of the restrictions and health threats posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
As such, we were unable to hold our annual meeting of the members (annual general meeting) that had been originally called for May 25, 2020. The CHNC Board of Directors also felt that holding a virtual meeting around that time may have been difficult given that many of our members are stretched thin on the front-lines of the pandemic response in Canada.
 
Below are updates for our annual meeting of members.
 
Rescheduled Date for Annual Meeting of Members: October 7, 2020, 6:30-7:30pm (Eastern)
 
CHNC applied for and was granted an extension by the Director appointed under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act on the time to call an annual meeting of members that is required to be held after the corporation’s financial year ending December 31, 2019.
 
The CHNC annual meeting of members will now take place on October 7, 2020, 6:30-7:30pm (Eastern), in a virtual (online) format.
 
A formal notice of meeting will follow later.
 
Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2019
 
As part of this exemption order, we are required to distribute to the CHNC membership our financial statements for the 2019 fiscal year by June 30, 2020. The financial statements will be distributed to members via email and the CHNC website no later than that date.
 
Call for Nominations
 
Given the disruptions caused by the pandemic and the rescheduled date for the annual meeting of members, CHNC is re-opening the Call for Nominations to the CHNC Board of Directors, 2020-2022.
 
Please view the official Call for Nominations. Nominations are due by August 7, 2020 at 11:59pm (Eastern).
 
Call for Resolutions
 
CHNC is also re-opening the Call for Resolutions for the annual meeting of members.
Please view the official Call for Resolutions. Resolutions are due by August 12, 2020 at 11:59pm (Eastern).
 
We are grateful for your understanding and we hope to see you at our virtual annual meeting of members on October 7, 2020.
 
Please stay safe.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
Cheryl Cusack, RN, PhD
President, on behalf of the Board of Directors, Community Health Nurses of Canada

 

Call for Nominations: CHNC Board of Directors 2020
Publié surMonday, 8 June, 2020

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 to be held on October 7, 2020 in a virtual format.  

Executive Positions

  • President Elect (4 year term through President Elect-President-Past President)
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary

Provincial and Territorial Representatives

  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Manitoba
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Quebec
  • Saskatchewan
  • Northwest Territories
  • Nunavut; and
  • Yukon

For more information, please see the official Call for Nominations and the nomination form.

Call for Resolutions: 2020 Annual Meeting of Members
Publié surMonday, 8 June, 2020

The Community Health Nurses of Canada (CHNC) will be holding our Annual General Meeting on October 7, 2020.

The Annual General Meeting agenda and further details will be available closer to the meeting dates.  

Call for Resolutions
Please submit any resolutions on or before August 12, 2020 at 11:59pm Eastern Time to the Governance Standing Committee at info@chnc.ca.
For Resolution Guidelines click here.

Happy Nurses Week from CHNC!
Publié surMonday, 11 May, 2020

Happy Nurses Week!
 
This year’s Nursing week theme is Nurses: A Voice to Lead — Nursing the World to Health. The theme was developed by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) to increase visibility for the value of nursing in addressing a variety of health issues. This theme has also been adapted by our national body, the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA). This recognition occurs annually to celebrate the birth of Florence Nightingale on May 12. This nurses week is extra special, as the World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 2020 the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. These designations are critical to continuing to raise awareness of the importance of nurses to the health system and the health of Canadians.
 
The world changed dramatically in 2020 due to the emergence of COVID19, and nurses have shown tremendous leadership in "nursing the world to health.” For community nurses, this includes continuing to provide office and in-home care when many other activities have stopped. In public health, it has meant focusing on case and contact investigation to limit the spread of the virus. While the news is consumed with COVID19 and public health is highlighted daily, the behind the scenes work of nurses which forms the basis for these discussions is seldom mentioned. As a result, there may never have been a more fitting theme; in a time when nurses deserve recognition for the work they do. On behalf of the Community Health Nurses of Canada, I want to acknowledge the contributions that each of our members makes daily. Thanks for all you do; for your contributions to CHNC and the health of all people in Canada.
 
Happy Nurses Week 2020!
 
Cheryl Cusack, President, on behalf of the Board of Directors,
Community Health Nurses of Canada

Archived Webinar: The revised 2019 community health nursing Standards of Practice: What home health nurses need to know!
Publié surMonday, 20 April, 2020

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The revised 2019 community health nursing Standards of Practice: What home health nurses need to know!

Recorded January 21, 2020

https://youtu.be/vkK_ggArZpI

This webinar will provide an overview of the revised 2019 Canadian Community Health Nursing Professional Practice Model and Standards of Practice, with a particular emphasis on home health nursing (HHN).

With implications across all five domains of community health nursing — including practice, admin/leadership, education, research and policy — this overview of the standards will help you understand how your HHN practice can/does align with the standards. The webinar will provide an overview of the standards themselves, the evidence-based changes made (including intentional language changes), new practice expectations, and the one new standard. Join us for this not-to-be-missed national webinar led by home health nurses involved in the Standards Committee of the Community Health Nurses of Canada.


Normes de pratique des soins infirmiers en santé communauté actualisées en 2019 : ce que doivent savoir les infirmières spécialisées en soins à domicile!

Enregistré le 23 janvier 2020

https://youtu.be/LqF4th6TW90

Ce webinaire donne un aperçu du document Modèle et Normes de pratique professionnelle des soins infirmiers en santé communautaire au Canada actualisé en 2019qui met particulièrement l’accent sur les soins infirmiers à domicile.

Ayant des incidences sur les cinq domaines des soins infirmiers en santé communautaire – y compris la pratique, l’administration et le leadership, l’éducation, la recherche et les politiques – cet aperçu des normes vous permettra de comprendre comment votre pratique des soins infirmiers à domicile s’harmonise ou peut s’harmoniser avec les normes. Le webinaire fera un survol des normes, des changements apportés qui sont fondés sur des données probantes (comme les changements de langue intentionnels), les nouvelles attentes envers la pratique et la nouvelle norme. Joignez-vous à nous pour assister à ce webinaire national incontournable dirigé par des infirmières en soins à domicile participant au Comité d’élaboration des normes des Infirmières et infirmiers en santé communautaire du Canada.

CHNC Conference Postponed Until 2021
Publié surFriday, 3 April, 2020

Given the rapidly changing and unfolding nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to ensure the safety of our members and delegates -- many of whom are now on the front-lines of the COVID-19 pandemic -- we have made the difficult decision to further postpone our CHNC2020 conference until 2021.

Our conference will now take place Wednesday, May 12 through Friday, May 14, 2021 at the same venue, the Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport.  

If you had an abstract accepted for presentation at the conference, we will be in touch with you shortly about rescheduling your presentation.  

We are disappointed that we will not be able to hold a conference in 2020, but safety must come first.  

For those who had already booked flights, both Air Canada and WestJet are offering flexible cancellation/change policies due to COVID-19 (please see links below).  If you have trip cancellation insurance, it may cover you in the event of a business meeting postponement; if you did not purchase trip cancellation insurance, we would encourage you to check with your credit card company as you may have coverage through them, depending on the card.  

We remain most grateful for your understanding and patience.  We sincerely hope you will still be able to join us in 2021.  Please do not hesitate to be in touch with any questions.  

Yours sincerely,

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

CHNC2020 Postponement Notice
Publié surFriday, 13 March, 2020

Dear CHNC Members,

As leaders in community, home health and public health, the Board of Directors of the Community Health Nurses of Canada (CHNC) has held an emergency meeting and made the difficult decision to postpone our CHNC2020 annual conference, originally scheduled for May 25-27, 2020.  The conference will be postponed and will be held at the Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport in Richmond, BC at a later date in 2020 (more details to come).  We will provide an update with the new conference dates as soon as they are confirmed.

(If you were scheduled to present at CHNC2020, your presentation will be automatically rescheduled and you will receive notice of your new presentation time.)  

We have made this decision factoring in the on-going uncertainty around COVID-19 and its potential impacts on the health and safety of the participants, exhibitors, speakers, and the local host community.  We also considered that many of the participants and speakers (community health nurses) will need to be working on (or redeployed to) containment and contract tracing during the global outbreak in their multiple roles in their communities and regions in Canada and may have difficulty scheduling travel to a conference in May.  

In making our decision, we drew upon the guidance on mass gatherings provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada [1].  Amongst other important considerations, the guidance document asked us to consider, "Are persons attending the event members of critical infrastructure roles, such as healthcare workers?”  Furthermore, the Provincial Health Officer for British Columbia has recently called for large gatherings to be cancelled for the time being.  Accordingly, CHNC has undertaken a risk assessment, and for the following reasons made the difficult decision to postpone our conference:
  • attendees are healthcare workers with critical infrastructure roles in the COVID-19 response
  • conference activities and overnight accommodation could contribute to virus spread during this period
  • these times of great uncertainty could be a deterrent to travel and travel authorizations for our delegates
  • mass gatherings have been discouraged in British Columbia
CHNC sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause. However, during this unprecedented time, delay of the annual conference is a mitigation strategy to potentially reduce the impact of a national outbreak and prioritize the safety of our conference participants and crucial healthcare workforce.  We also trust that postponing the conference will permit more of our delegates to be able to attend the conference to share their exciting and important work.  

We understand some may have already made airline bookings to attend the conference.  Air Canada and Westjet are offering some limited opportunities to change flights.  If you have trip cancellation insurance, it may cover you in the event of a business meeting postponement; if you did not purchase trip cancellation insurance, we would encourage you to check with your credit card company as you may have coverage through them, depending on the card.  

We are most grateful for your understanding, and please do not hesitate to be in touch with any questions or concerns.  

Yours sincerely,

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

1. Government of Canada. Risk-informed decision-making for mass gatherings during COVID-19 global outbreak. 2020-03-07  [cited 2020 March 9, 2020]; Available from: https://www.canada.ca/en/  public-health/services/  diseases/2019-novel-  coronavirus-infection/health-  professionals/mass-gatherings-risk-assesment.html.

Call for Nominations for Awards for 2020 is Open
Publié surSaturday, 22 February, 2020

Do you know a nurse who deserves to be recognized? Nominations are open for CHNC awards; deadline for submission is March 16, 2020.

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

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.

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