Video: Commission Co-Chair, Marlene Smadu, explains why it is imperative that nurses are involved in health-care transformation.
Video: The Commission has determined that a stronger, community-based, primary care model is required to enhance and balance the acute-care system Canada already has in place, says Co-Chair, Maureen McTeer.
OTTAWA, June 18, 2012 /CNW/ - Canada's nurses will play a lead role in
ensuring a dynamic, publicly funded health-care system for all
Canadians, according to the National Expert Commission's (NEC) Report
released to the public today at the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA)
biennial convention in Vancouver. Titled A Nursing Call to Action, the evidence-based report represents a full year of work by a national
group of high profile nursing and public experts in the fields of
nursing, law, medicine, business and public service. The NEC was
co-chaired by international nursing expert Dr. Marlene Smadu of Regina
and well-known health and equality lawyer and author, Maureen McTeer.
"Our consultations and research told us repeatedly that nurses are
innovating and nurses are finding sustainable solutions, but we still
require a fundamental shift in how our system is funded, managed and
delivered," says Commission Co-Chair Marlene Smadu. "Canada has to deal
with the reality of an aging and more diverse population, along with
rising rates of chronic disease, so how and where we care for Canadians
has to change." The Commission's Call to Action recommends a much stronger emphasis on primary health care services
delivered at the community level and other options that optimize
nursing leadership and nursing contributions to the transformation of
Canada's health-care system.
"We've called this A Nursing Call to Action because we want to invigorate individual nurses and the nursing
community, along with all of the players in our national health-care
system, so together they can focus on the goals of better health,
better care and better value for Canadians," says Commission Co-Chair
Maureen McTeer. "We've also set some ambitious targets for change
because we believe that they are possible, especially if we collaborate
effectively and leverage nurse-led practice and innovations."
"Registered nurses are a powerful force for change, and they can lead
health-care transformation," adds McTeer. "They are over a quarter of a
million strong and they work at every level of health care — from the
bedside to research labs to governments. They are with us at every
stage of our health-care journey and they know what needs to be done."
The Commission report recommends a fundamental shift in the way Canada's
health-care system is funded, managed and delivered in Canada. Within a
9-Point Plan of Action, the report argues for a patient- and family-centred system of primary
health care with a strong focus on health promotion and prevention that
is based close to Canadians in their homes and communities. The
Commission's consultations and research highlight that the system's
current focus on the provision of acute care services in hospitals is
no longer adequate for a population challenged by more chronic disease,
greater cultural diversity and the complex needs of an aging
population. The Commission contends that community-based care involving
teams of health professionals, including nurses and doctors working to
the full scope of their practice, must be the model that Canadians and
their governments support to create a sustainable national system for
Research analysis developed for the Commission also compelled it to
concentrate on the impact of social, economic, environmental and
indigenous determinants that affect health. "We need to address many of
the non-health system factors like poverty, food insecurity, lack of
access to clean water and housing that persist and diminish the health
of our nation," says Dr. Smadu. "We can't expect better outcomes if
these issues linger and are not integrated into our thinking about what
makes a healthy country. Health care, no matter how good, just can't do
In addition, A Nursing Call to Action addresses the significant opportunities and challenges faced by the
nursing community itself. The report documents the strengths of many
nurse-led innovations and approaches, while noting that nurses will
need to work to their full scope, educate or re-educate themselves and
rapidly adopt new technologies to optimize their impact on health
The report also makes an innovative proposal regarding Canada's sliding
health standard and reputation compared to other developed countries in
the world. Commissioners believe that a national, collaborative
initiative should begin immediately to move Canada back into the top
five international ranking within the next five years.
"The best gift Canada could give itself for its 150th birthday
celebration in 2017 is a revamped and sustainable health-care system,"
says Ms. McTeer. "There is consensus on many of the key elements that
would deliver that gift, so we just need to get on with it."
Commissioners also stressed that this commitment to health is a measure
of Canada's wealth, success, competitiveness and status in the world.
A Nursing Call to Action also provides recommendations regarding national home care, pharmacare,
palliative care and performance measurement.
The Commission delivered its report to the CNA's Board of Directors in
Vancouver. The CNA will determine how to prioritize and implement the
Commission's various recommendations.
A media backgrounder and more detail about the report's recommendations and the Plan of
Action are available at the Commission's web site. Research documents,
nursing innovations, related videos, public opinion polling and other
supporting documents are also available at http://www.cna-aiic.ca/expertcommission.
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Video with caption: "Video: Commission Co-Chair, Marlene Smadu, explains why it is imperative that nurses are involved in health-care transformation.". Video available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/cgi-bin/playback.cgi?file=20120618_C9583_VIDEO_EN_15189.mp4&posterurl=http://photos.newswire.ca/images/20120618_C9583_PHOTO_EN_15189.jpg&clientName=CANADIAN%20NURSES%20ASSOCIATION&caption=Video%3A%20Commission%20Co%2DChair%2C%20Marlene%20Smadu%2C%20explains%20why%20it%20is%20imperative%20that%20nurses%20are%20involved%20in%20health%2Dcare%20transformation%2E&title=CANADIAN%20NURSES%20ASSOCIATION%20%2D%20A%20Nursing%20Call%20to%20Action%3A%20Nurses%20Lead%20Health%2Dcare%20Transformation&headline=A%20Nursing%20Call%20to%20Action%3A%20Nurses%20Lead%20Health%2Dcare%20Transformation
Video with caption: "Video: The Commission has determined that a stronger, community-based, primary care model is required to enhance and balance the acute-care system Canada already has in place, says Co-Chair, Maureen McTeer.". Video available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/cgi-bin/playback.cgi?file=20120618_C9583_VIDEO_EN_15190.mp4&posterurl=http://photos.newswire.ca/images/20120618_C9583_PHOTO_EN_15190.jpg&clientName=CANADIAN%20NURSES%20ASSOCIATION&caption=Video%3A%20The%20Commission%20has%20determined%20that%20a%20stronger%2C%20community%2Dbased%2C%20primary%20care%20model%20is%20required%20to%20enhance%20and%20balance%20the%20acute%2Dcare%20system%20Canada%20already%20has%20in%20place%2C%20says%20Co%2DChair%2C%20Maureen%20McTeer%2E&title=CANADIAN%20NURSES%20ASSOCIATION%20%2D%20A%20Nursing%20Call%20to%20Action%3A%20Nurses%20Lead%20Health%2Dcare%20Transformation&headline=A%20Nursing%20Call%20to%20Action%3A%20Nurses%20Lead%20Health%2Dcare%20Transformation
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