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CNA celebrates 100 years!

This year marks the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) 100th anniversary as the professional voice of registered nurses in Canada. To celebrate this milestone achievement, the CNA has partnered with eight other national nursing organizations, created a special centennial website (www.cna100.com), adapted the slogan My Voice, My CNA and officially launched the campaign in January 2008 with the Prime Minister. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada has agreed to serve as a Patron for the centennial year and a Leadership Cabinet of 13 gifted Canadians representing many fields of accomplishment have accepted the invitation to participate. (CNA website)

Highlights throughout the year include: a symposium on the topic of health and the environment in March 2008, a CNA Coat of Arms will be unveiled in the spring, the Biennial Convention and the release of the CNA Centennial Commemorative Stamp in June 2008, a tribute edition of the Canadian Nurse will be issued, "100 in 100" CNA Centennial Awards will be awarded in the Fall of 2008 recognizing 100 exceptional nurses ... and the celebration continues. (CNA website)

The NANB will pay tribute to this celebration by establishing a second scholarship in honour of the CNA 100th anniversary available to NB registered nurses enrolled in graduate nursing education. A poster competition recognizing National Nursing Week (May 12-18) will reward a nurse free accommodations and registration fees to CNA's AGM & Biennial Convention. Additionally, we are funding NANB Board of Directors to represent New Brunswick at the Convention in June 2008.

We encourage all registered nurses in New Brunswick to join in these celebrations.

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Think you know nursing? Take a closer look ...

* Nurses are the largest group of health-care providers in Canada, representing more than one-third of the health-care workforce.

* There are more than 270,000 registered nurses (RNs) in Canada and 252,948 of these are working as nurses in Canada.

* The average age of RNs employed in nursing in Canada is 45.

* Out of every five (20.8 per cent) RNs in Canada is 55 or older-eligible to retire.

* Only 56.3 per cent of Canada's RNs are employed full time.

* In 2006, 8,379 students graduated from entry-to-practice programs, compared with 5,642 in 2001-a 48.5 per cent increase. However, 12,000 graduates per year are needed to address the projected nursing shortage.

* The number of nurses who graduated from entry-to-practice programs in Canada in 2006 was the same as between 1985 and 1993. However, Canadian population has grown by 24.9 per cent since 1986, outpacing the number of graduating nurses. * Between 2001 and 2006, there was a 191 per cent increase in the number of RNs who completed their nurse practitioner education.

* All statistics are for 2006 unless otherwise noted. (CNA website)

CNA Nurse to Know: Centennial Achievement Award & CNA Centennial Award

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Daniel G. Savoie, RN MScN (A) CRN (C) Senior Instructor, UNB Faculty of Nursing--Moncton Site

Nominated by the Canadian Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (CARN)

On February 1st 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Health Minister Tony Clement recognized 14 extraordinary and diverse nurse leaders from across Canada for their contributions to the health system and the health of Canadians. The event was held at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and marked the official launch of CNA's Centennial Year. (CNA website)

Each recipient has made a significant contribution to the health of Canadians and the health system in general. Their stories reveal a spectrum of courage, leadership, conviction and passion that serve as inspiring examples for the current and next generation of nurses. (CNA website)

NB recipient Daniel Savoie's expertise in rehabilitation nursing spans nearly two decades. Upon graduating in 1991, Savoie became the first paraplegic to complete a baccalaureate nursing program in Canada.

For the past decade, Savoie has been a senior nursing instructor at the UNB Moncton site where he teaches the chronicity and rehabilitation nursing components of the curriculum. During that time, Savoie also accepted a one-year appointment as a faculty member and clinical nurse specialist at the Moncton Hospital's neurology and rehab units, where he set up education programs for patients and was an adviser to the nursing staff. In addition to establishing a rehabilitation nursing consultation firm, Savoie acts as a case manager and a life care planner and provides education and guidance to lawyers and insurance companies on personal injury claims. Today, government and non-profit agencies call on him to develop health promotion programs and strategies for injury prevention. Savoie somehow still finds time to volunteer and continue scholarly work on several local, provincial and national committees. He participated in the development of the CNA Rehabilitation Nursing Certification Exam and currently sits on the exam committee. Savoie has recently chaired the development of the Canadian Association of Rehabilitation Nurses. The association was launched last June and has approximately 250 members.

Daniel Savoie is also one of the one hundred nurses who will receive the CNA Centennial Award in Ottawa, in November 2008. Savoie will receive this award for his teaching and work in rehabilitation nursing. Congratulations, Daniel!

References

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Title Annotation:Canadian Nurses Association
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