OTTAWA, June 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Kaaren Neufeld, RN, MN, will be installed
as 43rd president of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) today at the
closing ceremonies of its highly successful biennial convention in Ottawa.
Kaaren assumes her two-year term during the association's centennial
anniversary. As president, Kaaren will provide a unified and vibrant voice to
more than 133,000 registered nurse members across Canada.
Kaaren is chief quality officer for the Winnipeg Regional Health
Authority. She is also assistant professor, faculty of nursing at the
University of Manitoba and is on the board of directors of the Canadian
Patient Safety Institute. Kaaren has experience at the governance level of
several national initiatives, including in an executive position at the
Academy of Canadian Executive Nurses and as a member of the national advisory
committee on SARS.
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Neufeld graduated from the University of
Manitoba faculty of nursing with a bachelor's degree in 1978 and a master's
degree in 1986.
With over 30 years of experience in a variety of clinical roles as well
as in nursing education, research and administration, Kaaren brings a strong
vision and voice to the national policy debate. Neufeld draws on her
experience gained as the director of the St. Boniface General Hospital school
of nursing during its transition years from a diploma to degree program and,
most recently, with the successful introduction of a relationship-centred care
and services model within a tertiary care setting.
Judith Shamian, president and chief executive officer of the Victorian
Order of Nurses, was elected as president-elect by acclamation. Judith
formerly held the title of executive director of Nursing Policy with Health
Canada and is a professor in the faculty of nursing at the University of
Toronto. She will begin her presidency in June 2010.
CNA is the national professional voice of registered nurses in Canada. It
is a federation of 11 provincial and territorial nursing associations and
colleges. CNA believes that the sustainability of a publicly funded, publicly
administered, not-for-profit health system rests upon a vibrant nursing
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For further information: Tina Grznar, Communications Coordinator,
Canadian Nurses Association, (613) 237-2159 ext. 283, Cell: (613) 266-0306,