The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) has a long history of working on behalf of its membership to advance health policy and development in Canada and abroad and to support global health and equity.
Programs and Partnerships — For more than 35 years, CNA worked with national nursing associations (NNA) at home and around the world to build partnerships and increase NNA capacities to strengthen the nursing profession and improve the quality of nursing and health services. Through the Strengthening Nurses, Nursing Networks and Associations Program (SNNNAP) program, funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), CNA worked with eight international NNAs from 2007 to 2012.
Global Health Issues — CNA collaborates with national and international non-governmental organizations and Canadian government departments, such as CIDA, Health Canada, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and the Canadian Council for International Cooperation, to bring expertise and perspectives of nursing to inform and influence Canada’s position on global health issues.
International Council of Nurses — CNA’s membership in the International Council of Nurses ensures Canadian nurses’ knowledge and experience contribute to advancing global health and equity. This is achieved by bringing Canadian nursing expertise and innovations to policy thinking, thereby gaining visibility, credibility and a nursing voice on health issues.