March / April 2018   Comments

Proposed transformation long overdue

Jubilance is the sentiment that best describes my response as I made my way through the inspirational and courageous commentary from the CEO, the president’s message and the capstone proposal to expand CNA’s membership to represent all nurses.

As I read the issue, I was reminded of a conversation, more than 20 years ago, with an RN colleague working in the hierarchical hospital environment, who shared her feelings of isolation, rejection and worthlessness. Regrettably, that lived reality continues to be the experience of several of my colleagues today in the equally hierarchical university environment. These RNs, LPNs and RPNs are all too often cast as poor second cousins to their baccalaureate-, master’s- and PhD-prepared colleagues. It is troubling that the hard-earned credentials of the former groups are often viewed as not worthy and that doors are closed to them, despite their years of dedicated professional practice as clinicians and educators.

I will remain hopeful for a more inclusive future for the profession. Indeed, the future of nursing is in nursing’s hands! Let’s not waste any more time debating the merits of intra-professional practice. We know, as long-time advocates for interprofessional collaboration, how important collaborative, inclusive approaches are to the health and well-being of those we serve. Each of us has a role to play in improving the relational spaces we occupy as nursing colleagues, irrespective of rank or title, to ensure we achieve the change we desire going forward.

A resounding bravo! to our national professional association for the strength of leadership demonstrated by this bold move toward transformation.

– R. Anne Springer, PhD, MN, BScN, RN
Saskatoon, Sask.

Bravo to British Columbia nurses for uniting their nursing professions (Perspectives, January/February). I am happy to hear CNA is going forward in this direction and I trust that the delegates will strongly support expansion and inclusion.

I can still recall when I heard that certified nursing assistants would no longer be a part of the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association. At the time I was a young, new RN but also a proud former certified nursing assistant. It was upsetting; it felt like such a rejection.

I look forward to hearing more about the work on expansion and inclusion.

– Judy Metcalfe, BN, RN, COHN(C)
Saskatoon, Sask.

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