Directional shifts

November / December 2017   Comments

Since becoming CEO in June, I have been sending signals that exciting changes are coming that will strengthen engagement with members and increase the value of CNA’s services.

Any shifts in direction must be based on a thorough understanding of the forces and players involved — to create a mental map of the road ahead, with signposts showing the risks and benefits of each turn. But as Sister Elizabeth Davis has said, vision is nothing if it’s held by one person; it must be shared.

The past few months have been about building a shared vision. After sessions of thinking and imagining with CNA staff members, operational teams and the leadership team, I met with the CEOs of our member and partner organizations and with the leaders of key nursing and health-system partners. I had encouraging conversations with registered/licensed practical nurse and registered psychiatric nurse leaders, and with students and novice nurses. I spoke with federal government officials and with the CEOs of the American and British nursing associations and the International Council of Nurses.

I believe I have a clearer vision for moving forward that will be meaningful to CNA members. While continuing to seek the counsel of the CNA board, I am setting up small groups — including elders, students, nurses who have spent careers at the point of care, and patients — to provide advice to keep this work grounded.

CNA is moving into accreditation initiatives and will be expanding its education programs, including offering certification to other nursing groups. Canadian Nurse will be transformed and will become an online-only publication. A landmark pillar of work in nursing leadership and administration will be established, and the future of CNA membership categories and even the brand itself will be examined.

My commitment is to keep communicating with you here as new programs are rolled out in the months ahead and to continue to consult with nurses across Canada as other initiatives are being planned.

I hope you enjoy this issue of Canadian Nurse, which features a peer-reviewed research article examining nurses’ perceptions of tools for assessing severity of alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Regular contributor Maher El-Masri is co-author of a how-to guide for preparing a research paper. And our Nurse to Know is Susan Jack, an associate professor at McMaster University, whose research focuses on the Nurse-Family Partnership program.

I join my team in wishing you a happy holiday season and a wonderful 2018!

Mike Villeneuve, RN, M.Sc.

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