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CASN News /Actualit�s de l'ACESI
Upcoming Events/Activit�s � venir
Learning from Others / Apprenons des autres
Inspiring the Inspirational
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White Paper
CASN and the writing committee have been working diligently in order to finalize the white paper. Although the process has already begun, we want to hear what you think!
Livre Blanc
L'ACESI et le comit� de r�daction travaillent avec diligence afin de finaliser le livre blanc. Bien que le processus a d�but�, nous voulons entendre ce que vous en pensez!
Do you want to promote your school's nursing program? 
Send us your nursing department's video and we'll post it on the CASN website.  
Voulez vous faire la promotion de votre programme de sciences infirmi�res? 
Envoyez-nous votre vid�o de votre d�partement de sciences infirmi�res et nous allons l'afficher sur le site web de l'ACESI.  
Issue: # 3 03/2009
About CASN 
CASN is the national voice for nursing education, research, and scholarship and represents baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs across Canada.  Our mission is to lead nursing education and nursing scholarship in the interest of healthier Canadians.
� propos de l'ACESI
L'ACESI est le porte-parole national pour l'enseignement et la recherche en sciences infirmi�res et repr�sente le baccalaur�at et les �tudes gradu�es des programmes de sciences infirmi�res au Canada. Notre mission est d'orienter la formation infirmi�re et l'avancement des connaissances en sciences infirmi�res dans l'int�r�t d'une meilleure sant� des Canadiennes et des Canadiens.
CASN News / Actualit�s de l'ACESI 
Nursing Research Conference
Interrelationships between Theory, Research, and Practice: A Systemic Approach in Nursing
May 4- 7, 2009
Hotel Delta Beaus�jour
Moncton, New Brunswick
Registration now open - register online
For additional information, please visit the CASN website NRC
Conf�rence de recherche en sciences infirmi�res 2009: Interrelation de la th�orie, de la recherche et de la pratique: une approche syst�mique en sciences infirmi�res 
4-7 mai, 2009
H�tel Delta Beaus�jour
Mocton, New Brunswick
Inscrivez-vous d�s maintenant - en-ligne
Pour plus de renseignement, visitez le site web de l'ACESI
CASN Public Health Sub-Committee 
The CASN Public Health Sub-Committee will be conducting a 3 hour workshop at both pre-conferences for Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) and Community Health Nurses Association of Canada (CHNAC).  The purpose of the workshop is to obtain stakeholder feedback on the two key objectives of the subcommittee's work: the leveling of the community/Public Health Nursing Standards for new nursing graduates and tool to assess the quality of community clinical placements. We strongly encourage those who are attending the CPHA and CHNAC conference to also register for the CASN Public Health Sub-Committee workshop. 
Dates of pre-conferences workshops are:
June 7th, 2009  13:00 to 17:00
Winnipeg Convention Centre
For more information or to register for this session, please click here
June 17th, 2009  1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Coast Plaza Hotel - Calgary, Alberta

For more information or to register for this session, please click here
About CASN Public Health Sub-Committee
The CASN Public Health Sub-Committee was formed in 2004 and is supported by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The committee's objectives are: to level Community/Public Health competencies for baccalaureate nursing graduates; and develop a tool for schools of nursing to evaluate practice and assess placements to determine suitability relevant to community (CH) education. The Subcommittee will make recommendations about undergraduate community/public health competencies and processes for achieving them to CASN Accreditation Bureau (CAB) for CASN Accreditation Standards (AS).
CASN Executive Career Opportunity
Title:   Executive Director
Position Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Permanent Opportunities
This position is with the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) and reports to the Board of Directors.
Language requirements: Bilingual Imperative in French/English
Who can apply: Canadian Citizens & Permanent Residents in Canada
Please send your application by April 15th, 2009
To view the job posting for CASN Executive Director, please click here or contact Jo-Anne Swanson [email protected] for more information.

Offre d'emplois pour Direction g�n�rale de l'ACESI
Titre:  Directrice g�n�rale ou directeur g�n�ral
Lieu de travail: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Possibilit� d'emploi permanent
La personne choisie travaille pour l'Association canadienne des �coles de sciences infirmi�res (ACESI) et rel�ve de son conseil ex�cutif (CE) et de son conseil d'administration (CA).
Exigences linguistiques: Bilinguisme requis (fran�ais/anglais)
Admissibilit�: Citoyennes canadiennes et r�sidentes permanents au Canada
Veuillez faire parvenir votre CV d'ici le 15 avril 2009 
Cliquez ici pour consulter l'offre d'emplois complet ou communiquez avec Jo-Anne Swanson [email protected] pour plus d'information. 

Call for Bilingual Accreditation Reviewers!
CASN is currently in need of new accreditation reviewers, particularly bilingual reviewers. All interested applicants should submit a completed reviewer application form and updated CV to Michelle Viau at [email protected] . The role of reviewers is critical to the success and credibility of the CASN accreditation program. Reviewers are expected to assess programs offered by schools of nursing against CASN accreditation standards and identify those programs that demonstrate excellence in teaching and scholarly activity. The commitment of reviewers is to participate in at least two reviews during two consecutive years. As well, reviewers must have: the support of their schools for release time and the authorization of their Dean or Director to participate in a review; and a willingness to devote personal time to training, orientation to the programs to be reviewed, preparation for a review by reading review documentation, participation in the on-site visit(s), and development of the team review reports.
Reviewers must meet the following criteria:
Hold a Master's degree or higher education;
Five years experience teaching in a baccalaureate or graduate program in nursing;
Experience as a full-time nursing faculty member;
Recent involvement in a baccalaureate or graduate program in nursing as an educator or administrator;
Knowledge of the Canadian healthcare delivery system; and,
Active involvement in nursing scholarship.
For more information on the CASN reviewer role, please visit, or contact Michelle Viau, [email protected] , 613-235-3150 ext. 21.  Interested reviewers are always welcome to submit their application and CV.
Dr. Pat L. Griffin Fund of CASN
Pat Griffin
The Dr. Pat L. Griffin Fund of CASN acknowledges the leadership contributions Pat made to nursing education and scholarship. The fund will support research in nursing education, and work to achieve Pat's dream of establishing a Chair in Nursing Education in Canada. To help make Pat's dream a reality, please consider making a donation, and approaching others, such as your colleagues and institution, about also donating. To access the donation form and brochure, please visit
Upcoming Events / Activit�s � Venir
Nurse Practitioner Association of Ontario / Registered Nurses Association of Ontario:
2009 Conference Program
This three day conference will provide participants with a broad range of updates in healthcare issues for nurse practitioners.  
Deadline: Friday April 10, 2009
November 6-8, 2009
The Westin Hotel, Ottawa 
Call for abstracts and posters now open.
For more info, click here. Contact Vanessa Mooney should you have any questions [email protected].
57th Session of the International Statistical Institute (ISI): Measuring Health workforce inequalities  - Methods and Applications
The World Health Organization's Department of Human Resources for Health (WHO / HRH), in collaboration with the ISI, solicits high-quality submissions of original statistical research results and/or experience focusing on the topic of "Measuring health workforce inequalities: methods and applications". Selected submissions are to be presented at a Special Topic Meeting at the 57th Session of the ISI.
Close-off date: April 13, 2009
Submission deadline: May 15, 2009
August 16-22, 2009
Durban, South Africa
For more information, click here
The 32nd Annual Canadian Orthopaedic Nurses Association Conference: A Medley of Orthopaedic Knowledge
April 26-29, 2009 
The Grand Okanagan, Kelowna, British Columbia  
For more info
please visit
To view the program brochure please click here

Canadian Patient Safety Institute: Canada's Forum on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement
Canada's Forum on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement will provide multiple learning streams with a national and international flavour.  
April 28 - 30, 2009
Toronto, Ontario 
For more info.... 
Colloque international: Transformer les pratiques infirmi�res pour r�pondre aux d�fis de l'heure
Les responsables invitent les infirmi�res concern�es par la transformation des pratiques, qu'elles soient infirmi�res au chevet, praticiennes, cliniciennes, gestionnaires, enseignantes ou chercheuses � partager leurs pratiques innovantes ou leurs recherches en r�pondant � cet appel de communication.
29-30 avril, 2009
Universit� du Qu�bec en Outaouais,Gatineau
Pour plus amples renseignements, cliquez ici...
Dalhousie University School of Nursing
2009 Biennial Research Conference:
Call for Abstracts for Poster Presentations
"60 Years of Inspiring Minds"
The School of Nursing Research Committee invites interested persons (faculty, students, nurses) to submit an abstract for a poster presentation at the upcoming Research Conference. Final decisions will be made and presenters informed by June 15, 2009.
Due date: May 1, 2009
Conference date: October 29, 2009
Citadel Halifax Hotel, 1960 Brunswick Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
For more information, please contact [email protected]
Knowledge Exchange Institute for Geriatric Nursing Education
Participants will gain knowledge and tools to integrate best geriatric nursing knowledge and practices in their teaching and curricula, ultimately improving nursing care provided by your students and graduates. Through a train-the-trainer approach, Institute participants  will be supported to champion evidence-based geriatric content in nursing curriculum within their universities, provincially, and nationally.
May 6-8, 2009
Brock University
For more details, click here.

Registered Nurses Association of Ontario: 5th Biennial International Conference on Evidence Based Practice: 
Transforming Nursing Through Knowledge: Sharing Global Visions & Local Solutions
The primary goal of the conference is to provide an international forum to advance the global vision of nursing excellence, through local development of evidence based practice cultures.
Deadline: May 8, 2009
December 2-4, 2009
Westin Prince Hotel, Toronto
For more details, click here. 
University of Western Ontario: Engaing Reflection in Health Professional Education and Practice
This inaugural interdisciplinary conference calls together scholars interested in advancing knowledge and scholarship about the place of "reflection" in health professional education and practice. Those who work in the field perceive a widespread need for a scholarly community that brings interdisciplinary groups together to exchange knowledge and to think together about pressing issues and key questions for advancing the field. This conference is a first step in that direction. 
May 13-15, 2009
London, Ontario
Click here for more information... 

Registered Nurses Association of Ontario Clinical Nursing Symposium - Call for Stories!
This is an opportunity for individual nurses to submit stories that demonstrate their use of nursing knowledge on the frontline. The stories should illustrate the knowledge that nurses' use everyday clinical nursing practice.
May 27, 2009
Mississauga Convention Centre, Ontario
For details, click here.  

The 15th National Conference on Gerontological Nursing: Making Moments Matter
May 27-30, 2009
The Banff Conference Centre, Banff, AB
For more information please visit
To view the program schedule click here.
Evidence-Informed Health Care Practice Workshop            
The workshop is offered as a one week intensive course. Participants will be learning in small groups led by nursing faculty from McMaster University and other institutions. Workshop objectives: *To help participants advance their skills in the critical appraisal of research literature. **To help participants learn how to teach EIHC practice using a variety of educational models
May 31-June 5, 2009
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario 
Click here, to view more information and the registration form.  

13th International Nursing Research Conference
The event is bilingual (Spanish - English), and will have simultaneous translation in several sessions. The abstracts submissions can also be in Spanish or English.
Deadline for abstract submission: June 3, 2009
November 11-13, 2009
Alicante, Spain
For more info, click here or visit their website at  
The Community Health Nurses' Association of Canada (CHNAC) and the Community Health Nurses of Alberta (CHNA) are proud to announce the 3rd National Community Health Nurses Conference.
The theme of this year's conference will be: Blazing our Trails...Tools, Tactics and Taking Charge
June 17-19, 2009
Coast Plaza Hotel
Calgary, Alberta
Click here to view the online flyer and the registration form.
The Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing
2nd Annual Nursing Research Day: Leading Research in our Communities
The goal of this conference is to provide a venue for sharing research findings and fostering exchange of ideas relevant to enhancing health in our communities.  
Pre-conference: June 23, 2009
Conference: June 24, 2009
Ryerson University, Toronto
For more info  
Click here to view the online registration form 
International Council of Nurses' 
ICN Confirms New Dates for 24th Quadrennial Congress and Council of National Representatives
June 27 - July 4, 2009
Durban, South Africa
For further information please visit  


Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada - 33rd annual conference  - "Making it Happen"  Mamawihisicikewin (working together)
The purpose of this national conference provides an opportunity for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Nurses to come together to share, support, network and build partnerships to improve health   
Deadline for submissions: July 3, 3009
October 15, 16 & 17, 2009
Edmonton Marriott River Cree Resort
Edmonton, Alberta
To view the poster, click here or visit their website at
ICN Call for Applications to attend the 2009 Global Nursing Leadership Institute
The new ICN Global Nursing Leadership Institute is inviting applications who are interested in participating in the first session. The institute is aimed at Nurses in senior and executive level positions from across the globe in a variety of settings to gain new knowledge from a global perspective to influence changes needed to positively impact health systems, population health and patient outcomes among other things. Institute participants will live in residence during the five day program and all work will be conducted in English.
September 7-11, 2009
Geneva, Switzerland 
For details, click here
5th International Multidisciplinary Academic Spirituality and Health Conference: Working Together for Optimal Health
The University of Calgary in conjunction with Canadian Research Institute of Spirituality and Healing will be hosting the 5th North American Conference Multi-Disciplinary Academic Conference on Spirituality and Health. The conference aims to provide a diverse, multidisciplinary, multi-faith forum in order to address spirituality from a broad health focus.
September 24 - 26, 2009
MacEwan Student Centre
University of Calgary, Alberta
For details, visit    
Registered Nurses Association of Ontario 8th International Conference: Older People Deserve the Best - The Journey of Transformational & Sustained Change
Experience in healthcare work has demonstrated that sharing our vision and commitment is key to transformational change. The goal of this 8th International Elder Care conference is to promote and support transformational and sustained change in the Care of Older Persons and in Geriatrics.
October 6-8, 2009
Westin Prince Hotel, Toronto, Ontario
For details,
click here
The Early Years Conference 2010: The Rights of the Child
The conference will explore early childhood, family and community development through the lens of Child Rights.
The Victoria Conference Centre and The Fairmont Empress,
Victoria, British Columbia
February 4th - 6th, 2010
For details, click here.
Learning From Others / Apprendre des autres
The CNSA Board of Directors met in January 2009 in Charlottetown, PEI prior to the 2009 Conference.
There were approximately 400 students at the conference.
"Plan to Replace Registered Nurses with Unregulated Workers Will Risk Blood Supply Safety, Says Ontario Nurses' Association"
TORONTO, March 3 - The Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) says the Canadian Blood Services (CBS) plan to replace registered nurses who perform health screening and assessments of blood donors with unregulated employees will risk the safety of our country's blood supply.
    "This misguided plan poses a serious risk to the safety of the public as well as to the safety of the country's blood supply," says ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN. "Those trusted with keeping the supply safe should remember the lessons learned during the tainted blood scandal of the 1990s and cancel this ill-thought-out plan."      Click here to view full article
"Federal Funding for Saskatchewan Nursing Project"
SASKATCHEWAN, March 6 /Government of Saskatchewan/-Saskatchewan has today received $284,000 in federal funding for a research project designed to keep registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses working in the province.
     The Research to Action - Applied Workplace Solutions for Nurses is a collaborative effort involving the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, Health Canada, Canadian Health Care Association, the Canadian Nurses Association and nine provinces.
     The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN), the Saskatoon Health Region and the Ministry of Health will examine levels of staffing in order to develop a process to determine a ratio between nurses and patients that is specific to nursing units.
     In addition to the federal funding for this project, the Saskatchewan government has devoted $103,000, the Saskatoon Health Region $93,000 and SUN $28,000. Click here to view full article.

Internationally Educated Nurses Research
This is a formal request to seek your assistance in recruiting participants for a focus group research study on Internationally Educated Nurse in Ontario.  The study's principal investigator is Dr. Sioban Nelson, Dean of the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto.  The study's co-investigator is Bukola Kolawole, a PhD student at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto.
Forty percent of Internationally Educated Nurses do not complete the registration process to become to practice as Registered Nurse or Registered Practical Nurse in Ontario.  The purpose of this research study is to explore the barriers confronting internationally educated nurses in becoming registered to practice in Ontario.  The findings from this study will help inform policy that targets the 40% of internationally educated nurses who fail to complete the application process to become registered to practice in Ontario. 
To be eligible for this study, the Internationally Educated Nurse must have been previously licensed or registered to practice as a nurse in a country outside of Canada.  Also, he/she must have contacted the College of Nurses of Ontario and started the process of getting registered to practice as a nurse in Ontario.  The Internationally Educated Nurse must have stopped the process of becoming registered to practice as a nurse in Ontario and must not be currently enrolled in or planning to enroll in any nursing bridging or upgrading program. 
We are requesting your help to distribute the attached letter of invitation to members of your networks/organization.  You can also post the attached posters in strategic locations in your organization.  Participation is completely voluntary.  Potential participants can contact Bukola Kolawole as specified in the letter. 
Thank you for your attention to this request.  If you need additional information or have suggestions for recruitment, please contact Bukola Kolawole at 647-883-6307 or [email protected].
Thank you,
Bukola Kolawole, RN, BScN, MN
Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
University of Toronto
155 College Street, Suite 130
Toronto, Ontario

"UNB Shows Off New Nursing Facilities" 
FREDERICTON, March 18 /The Daily Gleaner/ - The recent expansion of MacLaggan Hall will help keep the University of New Brunswick's faculty of nursing competitive with other training facilities across the country. University officials marked the official dedication of the expanded hall Tuesday by taking Fredericton MP Keith Ashfield, Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault and other guests on a tour of the new facilities. The $2.7-million project expanded the building to include a new wing that faces Windsor Street and measures about 790 square metres (8,500 square-feet).  Click here to view full article.
"New Critical Care and Emergency Nursing Program for Prince Edward Island Nurses"
CHARLOTTETOWN, March 23 - The Department of Health, the PEI Nurses Union and the University of Prince Edward Island School of Nursing are partnering on a collaborative project to bring a new Critical Care and Emergency Nursing Program to Prince Edward Island.

The program is part of a new initiative, Research to Action: Applied Workplace Solutions for Nurses, being undertaken by the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) with funding from Health Canada, to improve recruitment and retention strategies through projects in nine provinces across Canada. Click here to view full article.
McGill University Health Centre: Centre for Innovation in Research and Knowledge to Action in Nursing
Nurse Scientists! Are you interested in:
  • 100% time for research activities?
  • Collaborations with clinicians and administrators?
  • Getting research knowledge into practice - "EIDM"?

Do you have:

  • A PhD with strong research preparation?
  • A post-doctoral program in progress or completed?

Then McGill University is interested in you. Click here to view the online flyer or contact [email protected] for more information. 

International Partnership Opportunity
The International University of Nursing (, based in St Kitts, is seeking partnerships with Canadian Nursing Schools in accepting transfer students from IUON for the final two semesters of a baccalaureate Nursing Degree. Students would graduate from the Canadian Partner School. IUON pays student tuition and related fees and provides the partnering schools with a capacity fee to cover teaching expenses. Schools interested in exploring this opportunity can contact:
Dr. Deborah Tamlyn [email protected]
Dr. Charlene Connolly, Executive VP IUON [email protected]  
"British Columbia provides funding to speed up nursing grads"
VANCOUVER, March 25 - The Province is providing a one-time grant of more than $650,000 to Vancouver Community College (VCC) to equip laboratories and support start-up and operating costs for an accelerated three-year bachelor of science in nursing program, announced Murray Coell, Minister of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development. Click here to view full article
"Budget fails to address nursing shortage: Nurses say"
TORONTO - March 26 - Nurses are disappointed that the budget unveiled by the McGuinty government is a tax cut budget that doesn't adequately address the healthcare needs of Ontarians. The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) says healthcare is not a sunny day expenditure that can be tossed aside during times of recession.  Click here to view full article.   
"Nurses across Canada are reducing wait times"
OTTAWA, March 26 - A new treatment regime initiated by a clinical nurse specialist in New Westminster, B.C., means cardiac surgery patients have fewer complications and spend less time in hospital. A nurse-managed outpatient chemotherapy clinic in Toronto decreases wait times for treatment. Intervention from a nurse practitioner reduces the need for hospitalization for long-term care residents across Ontario. Nurses working collaboratively with physicians has almost doubled the capacity of some family practices in Halifax. Click here to view full article.

Take Advantage of Awards Offered by CACCN
Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses awards:
Spacelabs Innovative Project Award - click here
BBraun Mentorship Award - click here
Baxter Guardian Scholarship Award - click here
Brenda Morgan Leadership Excellence Award - click here
Cardinal Health "Chasing Excellence" Award - click here
Chaire de recherche FRSQFondation Newton en d�veloppement et �valuation d'interventions en soins infirmiers
Cat�gories de programme: Bourses de carri�res
La chaire a pour but de d�velopper la recherche �valuative en soins infirmiers et de contribuer au d�veloppement du Groupe de recherche interuniversitaire en science infirmi�res (GRISIM).   Cliquez ici pour plus d'info.   
Fonds de la Recherche en Sant� Qu�bec - Newton Foundation Research Chair in Nursing care Development and Evaluation
Program category: Career awards
The purpose of the Chair is to develop evaluative research in the field of nursing and to contribute to the development of the Groupe de recherche interuniversitaire en sciences infirmi�res (GRISIM). For more info, click here.   
Inspiring the Inspirational 
From the book Words of Hope from Nurses to Nurses
Sue Heacock, RN, MBA, COHN-S
"At Your Service"
     I was coming out of the ladies room. There was an elderly woman attempting to enter the room. Her husband had pushed her - in her wheelchair - right up to the door. But the door was not automatic. She was trying to push the door open - half sitting/half standing - in her chair. That's when I pulled open the door.
    I caught her by the arm and asked if she needed any help. She simply replied, "Yes." I said I would help and took her hand. I held onto her as we made our way to a stall. I took her right to the toilet. Not wanting to take any chances, I made sure she was holding onto the support bars in the stall before I stepped out to hold the door closed. I told her to call when she was ready to come out.
     When she called I assisted her to the sink to wash her hands and retrieved paper towels for her. I even threw them away when she was finished as I didn't want her to have to to do anymore than necessary.
     On our way out of the bathroom she said, "This is such a lovely service. Do you just stand here and do this for everyone?" I said, "Yes, I do it for everyone."
Lori Wheeler, LPN

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