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Medical assistance in dying: Policy, practice, and ethical implications

Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 12 to 1 pm ET

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The legalisation of medical assistance in dying (MAiD) in 2017 had significant policy, practice, and ethical implications for Canadian nurses. To better understand these implications, our team conducted a systematic review of nursing and assisted death, and a qualitative study of Canadian nurses’ experiences. In this webinar, you will have the opportunity to:

  • understand how contextual factors are influencing how MAiD is being enacted and experienced by nurses;
  • gain knowledge of what nurses consider to be good nursing care in the context of MAiD;
  • grapple with the moral tensions that characterizes nurses’ involvement, or not, in MAiD; and
  • gain important information to inform your own responses and practices in the context of MAiD.

Presented by:

Barb Pesut, RN, PhD
Canada Research Chair, Health, Ethics and Diversity
School of Nursing, University of British Columbia

Barbara Pesut holds a Canada Research Chair in Health, Ethics, and Diversity in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus. Her program of research seeks to improve palliative care by focusing on developing rural models of support, enhancing nurses’ competence, and providing care across diverse populations.

The revised 2019 community health nursing Standards of Practice: what you need to know

Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 12 to 1 pm ET

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This webinar will provide an overview of the revised 2019 Canadian Community Health Nursing Professional Practice Model and Standards of Practice. All community health nurses working in public health, home care, primary care, mental health, First Nations, harm reduction etc. need to be aware of this new document. With implications across all five domains of community health nursing — including practice, admin/leadership, education, research and policy — this overview of the standards will help you stay current in your practice. The webinar will provide an overview of the evidence-based changes made, including intentional language changes, new practice expectations and one new standard. Join us for this not-to-be-missed national webinar.

Presented by:

Aliyah Dosani, RN, BN, MPH, PhD
Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery
Mount Royal University

Aliyah Dosani is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health, Community and Education at Mount Royal University in Calgary Alberta. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, at University of Calgary in Calgary. She holds a PhD from the University of Calgary with a specialization in population/public health. Her nursing practice includes instructing students in the Bachelor of Nursing Program, population/public health, community health nursing, and legal issues in nursing. Her work focuses on maternal, newborn, and child health. Her research interests include working with at risk populations through community-based programs and interventions. She also shares a passion for global health issues.



Ruth Schofield, RN, MSc(T)
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences
McMaster University

Ruth Schofield is an experienced nursing professor in community health nursing at McMaster University and Western University. Her research activities focus in community health nursing, nursing education, and mental health and housing with a number of peer-review publications. Ruth has over 23 years of public health nursing practice experience in front line and management positions, and in various programs. She has been a chair or general member on several provincial and national Boards. She has led several national research projects in the development of the CHN standards, competencies and educational guidelines. In addition, Ruth co-authored a chapter in the Community Health Nursing: A Canadian Perspective 4th and 5th edition.

What is your role in the fight against antimicrobial resistance?

Monday, November 18, 2019, 12 to 1 pm ET

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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is an increasing health concern, with the World Health Organization identifying AMR as a top 10 global health threat. This webinar will provide an overview of AMR, its impact in Canada and abroad, as well as the important role nurses play in safeguarding and ensuring the appropriate use of antimicrobials. The objectives of this webinar are to:

  • Gain knowledge about AMR and stewardship
  • Develop an understanding of the nursing role in antimicrobial stewardship
  • Share examples of successful nurse-driven antimicrobial stewardship interventions
  • Provide tools and resources to support nurses to be stewards in clinical practice

Presented by:

Linda Jorgoni, RN, BScN, MScN
Clinical Nurse Leader, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
Sinai Health System, University Health Network

Linda Jorgoni is the Clinical Nurse Leader at Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Sinai Health System and University Health Network (SHSUHNASP) in Toronto. She is currently working in nursing research and initiatives aimed at engaging nurses in antimicrobial stewardship programs.

Community health nursing vision, roles and capacities for transforming health systems

Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 12 to 1 pm ET

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The lead-up to 2020 as the international Year of the Nurse and Midwife marks a turning point in how community health nursing contributes to the health of the population through system level transformation. This webinar is an opportunity to explore contemporary and future influences and implications for community health nursing practice. We identify the following objectives for this national conversation:

  • Identify the meaning of system transformation in the context of community health nursing
  • Explore nursing roles and opportunities for system transformation in present and future states
  • Think critically about contemporary global policy influences on nursing and health policy
  • Analyze the current capacity of professional nursing organizations in system transformation
  • Provide an exemplar of nursing influence on system transformation

Presented by:

Susan Duncan, RN, BScN, MSN, PhD
Professor and Director, School of Nursing
University of Victoria

Susan Duncan is Professor and Director of the School of Nursing at the University of Victoria. She is a passionate advocate for nursing education and the nursing profession, drawing on critical and historical scholarship to inform leadership and change in nursing and health organizations. Her practice, teaching and research focuses on community health nursing, nursing education and health policy. She has served as a board member on numerous regional, provincial and national nursing and health organizations including the Canadian Nurses Association and the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing. She has held senior leadership positions in universities while advocating for the advancement of undergraduate and graduate nursing education programs. As a founding President of the Association of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (now the Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC), she holds the vision of the nursing profession as an essential global political force for the values and goals of primary health care.


Tanya Sanders, RN, BScN, MSN
Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing
Thompson Rivers University

Tanya Sanders is a faculty member at Thompson Rivers University School of Nursing in Kamloops BC and is a PhD student at the University of Victoria. Her area of focus is public health nursing and community health nursing with Indigenous communities, nursing education and leadership. Tanya has recently conducted research into community health nursing contributions to comprehensive school health. She is interested in in examining policies, structures, and practices that shape, inform, and influence community health nursing practice. Tanya believes that the challenge ahead is defining and taking hold of our future practice, leading and directing how the role(s) of registered nurses will contribute to health, the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and the nursing profession.

Supporting nursing intra-professional collaboration: A framework designed by nurses for nurses

Thursday, December 5, 2019, 12 to 1 pm ET

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Nurses in Canada recognize that strengthening intra-professional collaboration can enhance our contributions to positive patient and health system outcomes. To support nurses to these ends, the National Framework for Nursing Intraprofessional Collaboration was created through pan-Canadian consultations with nurses from all designations (registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses, nurse practitioners and licensed/registered practical nurses) and domains of practice. The framework focuses on persons needing care, practice competencies, and nurses’ engagement with effective interprofessional collaboration. This webinar will show how the framework and core elements can guide nurses to reconcile the distinct and synergistic contributions of all nursing designations. We’ll also discuss how the framework can help develop the necessary competencies for optimal intra- and interprofessional collaboration.

Presented by

Dr. Sara Lankshear, RN, PhD
Professor, Georgian College

Dr. Sara Lankshear’s areas of research includes professional practice structures & roles, scope of practice, role clarity, and collaborative practice. She has extensive experience partnering with a wide variety of health care organizations who seek out her expertise and passion for creating systems-processes-practices that enable optimal professional practice and quality patient outcomes.


Dr. Jacqueline Limoges, RN, PhD
Professor, Georgian College

Dr. Jacqueline Limoges has completed many research projects and practice innovations to support quality patient care. She has explored inter and intraprofessional collaboration, how nursing education influences nursing practice and how nurses develop and use knowledge in clinical care. Jacqueline is also involved in ethics and is the vice chair of the Ontario Cancer Research Ethics Board.

To watch recordings of previous webinars, visit CNA’s Progress in Practice YouTube channel.