Your Board in Action.
My goal is to motivate all of my peers in becoming active members in their association. Not an easy task. Starting small, even engaging one renal professional to take up the torch and become more involved, is a huge victory for me. I rationalize to myself that if I just keep moving forward then soon all renal nurses and technologists will be an active part of the Canadian Association of Nephrology Nurses and Technologists (CANNT).
In my years as the Western VP, I have come to realize that it is going to take a coordinated effort to engage new renal professionals to become part of CANNT and to build a national community to promote the best renal care across Canada. We, as your Board, continue to work on a strategic plan to meet the needs of our members and provide value to you. It takes some commitment, creativity, collaboration, and an enormous amount of courage. In all my years of being involved in this professional association, we have not found the change that is needed to bring us all together. The challenge is multi-factorial. We, as renal professionals, have so many competing resources to seek out, become involved in, reference, and promote. There are our local institutional or work committees, policies, educational opportunities, and resources. Then most of us have provincial initiatives to standardize renal care and support renal professionals through collaborative networks.
Your Board of Directors (BOD) is working behind the scenes to re-direct the use of resources, business processes, budget allocations, or other modes of operation that will significantly reshape our association. Exciting times are on the horizon.
We currently have a membership of 474 renal professionals. Increasing our membership and providing value in your membership is the key to our organization.
Whether you are interested in strengthening your renal network, furthering your knowledge or maybe just in need of networking opportunities, professional organizations can be a great option for you. In addition to providing information about your chosen field, professional organizations can enhance your personal and professional development, and provide endless networking opportunities.
CANNT membership provides you with access to our members-only section of the website. This area provides many resources at your fingertips. These resources such as the Vascular Access Guidelines and Standards of Nursing and Technical Practice are readily available to our members for use in enhancing their knowledge and supporting their professional practice. Our seasonal peer-reviewed journal is touted as both an educational and informational resource for nephrology professionals across the nation. Becoming a part of this professional organization offers opportunities to apply for CANNT bursaries and grants, and funding for CNA certification and re-certification in nephrology. We also recognize our professionals nationally with our yearly awards nominations.
The CANNT website (www.CANNT.ca)
We connect at our monthly meetings to identify the best way to communicate on a national basis in a timely, consistent fashion. Please continue to share your ideas with us and let us know how to connect with you. Use CANNT to communicate professional information, news, events, or important dates through our multimedia communication strategies and bi-monthly email updates.
CANNT 2017 is themed "Charting Our Course--Setting Sail for the Future", and your conference committee members are working hard to create an innovative and exciting program to meet the needs of nephrology professionals for novice to advanced practice. Looking forward to seeing you in Halifax on October 19-21, 2017.
As a "not-for-profit" professional association, our objective is to provide value to our members that stays within our mission and vision. In an effort to keep upright and steady, we are consistently seeking out growth and development opportunities to assist in maintaining the viability of the association. We remain fiscally responsible in governing our costs to function as your BOD. We have realized that now is the time to venture into change to enable growth and sustainability for the organization. Stay tuned!
Janice Mac Kay