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Atlantic Region (Colleen Wile).

Greetings from the Atlantic region. The following outlines the Atlantic region in terms of membership and activities. Total membership is 96, with the following breakdown: Newfoundland 15, Nova Scotia 37, New Brunswick 44, and Prince Edward Island 3. Please encourage your colleagues to join the organization to partake of the benefits offered. CANNT Atlantic Regional Conference will be held June 6-7 at the UNBSJ campus. The theme for the conference will be "Ethics: What's the Problem".

St. John's, Newfoundland

* Buttonhole Research Study finished. Waiting for patient and staff questionnaires to be completed.

* Staff (and patients) continue to raise money to get all new chairs for our unit, the CHAIRity fundraiser.

Corner Brook, Newfoundland

* Inservice given on the new syringes for Eprex (safety syringes).

* Over the Christmas period, staff and patients dedicated the Christmas tree in support of the troops in Afghanistan. Staff and patients brought in photographs of family members who are currently in the armed forces or were in the past, right back to the First World War. The backdrop for the tree was camouflage netting and on this netting were photos of all the soldiers who have died in Afghanistan, and it was flagged with the Canadian and Newfoundland flags. The tree caused a lot of interest in the city and we ended up on the front page of the newspaper. The patients were given cards to sign for the troops and they were mailed. The patients really enjoyed getting together with the nurses for this project. We also won a prize in the hospital for the best nontraditional tree.

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

* Five staff attended the PD day in Dieppe, New Brunswick, "Giving PD its Rightful Place," sponsored by Baxter.

Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

* Four staff attended CANNT Winnipeg and found the conference very informative. Information was brought back and shared with staff.

* Promoting information on our CANNT bulletin board for CANNT 2008 in Quebec City.

* Our PD nurse and Renal Educator are training home care staff and long-term care staff to do peritoneal dialysis.

* LPNs are starting to needle.

* Have started using the buttonhole technique on one patient.

* Educator has started a theme bulletin board for each month. During that month, in-services will be held pertaining to the theme.

* One staff member has started her Masters while two other staff members are studying for their BSc in nursing.

* Two of our hemodialysis staff members are writing their certification exam in April.

Halifax/Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

* Evening education sessions continue approximately bi-monthly. These sessions are generally well-attended by between 30 and 40 participants.

* Main incentre hemodialysis unit is looking at initiating an exercise program for dialysis patients. Physio and physician support is now on board and the team is looking at purchasing some bikes.

* LPNs are maximizing their scope of practice and are now caring for the tunneled hemodialysis catheters in our stable predictable hemodialysis patients.

* "Changing the Way we Work", initiative looking at scopes of practice and scopes of employment to ensure the right person is doing the right job to best meet the needs of our current patient population, continues to progress.

* The Halifax centre presented two poster presentations at the national CANNT Conference in Winnipeg--one on Diabetic Foot Care and the other on Promoting Professional Competencies and Educational Development within a diverse renal program.

* One-day nephrology education days are planned for March 28 and April 1 to provide staff the opportunity for further nephrology-related education.

* Liverpool satellite site is expanding to a new unit within the same complex.

* Plans are underway to replace the Port Hawkesbury satellite site.

Moncton, New Brunswick

* Construction--expansion (double the capacity) is well underway for the satellite unit in Miramichi.

* Moncton will host Nephrology New Brunswick, April 25. For more details, contact Eliette Leger (

* Chantal Saumure and Robert Hache are helping the Quebec team in preparation for CANNT 2008.

* Karelle Robichaud was awarded the first excellence in practice award for a new graduate entering the profession from the Nurses Association of New Brunswick (NANB).

* Chantal Saumure has joined the Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation as a visiting member.

Saint John, New Brunswick

* Five staff attended CANNT Winnipeg.

* Proposal for satellite in the St. Stephen area presented to Department of Health and Wellness.

* Hemodialysis unit received Award of Recognition of Infection Control for Low Rate of Transmission of Antibiotic Resistant Organisms (1.5% over last two years).

* Sherry MacPhee appointed to content editorial board of Nurse One.

* Program as is Atlantic Health Sciences Corporation (AHSC) preparing for accreditation in June 2008.

* Program involved in development of new electronic health record initiative of AHSC.
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Title Annotation:Regional reports
Publication:CANNT Journal
Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Jan 1, 2008
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