Reflection and intention

November / December 2017   Comments

I am a very good driver. Just ask me, and ignore the folks screaming in the back seat. I learned to drive at a very early age. As soon as my feet could reach the pedals, I was blasting down country roads in a ’52 Ford, popping the clutch on a standard shift. Driving was a necessary skill for the eldest child on a Saskatchewan farm. It taught me about reflection and intention, although I didn’t call it that back then; I would have said I was looking back while also moving forward. You need to do both to be successful and crash free — check the rear-view mirror and keep your eyes on the road.

Nursing is also about reflection and intention — looking at where we have been and where we need to go. This is the perfect time of year to stop and think about what has been accomplished and where we need to go next.

I am so proud of everything CNA has accomplished in 2017: working to eliminate barriers to NP practice; advocating for a harm reduction approach to the opioid crisis and the legalization of cannabis, and for additional funding for home care and mental health attached to accountability mechanisms; hiring a new CEO; growing the certification program; releasing the updated Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses; welcoming Ontario and Quebec back to the CNA board table; and so much more. The central themes of all this work include having targeted strategies for a solution-based approach to the health issues of the day, maximizing opportunities to advance the profession of nursing in Canada, building on strengths, being responsible stewards and encouraging cohesiveness within Canadian nursing. All the while, CNA has been providing examples and answers that support the sustainability of the health system, using the principles of primary health care.

The intention part means our eyes are on the road ahead — being practical and tactical — looking for opportunities and being strategic in advancing what needs to be done for a healthy nation and a vibrant profession. I am optimistic about the future and about what CNA can accomplish. Our voice is important and meaningful, and we will ensure we keep our foot on the gas to move forward and give the rear-view mirror a check for safety and confirmation. #YESThisIsNursing.

Barb Shellian, RN, BN, MN
president@cna-aiic.ca

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