CNO welcomes new Council Officers

TORONTO, July 12 /CNW/ - The Council of the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) elected new officers at its June meeting. CNO's Council establishes the strategic direction for nursing self-regulation and sets regulatory policy. CNO is the regulatory body for Ontario's 150,000 nurses.

The new Council officers are:

George Fieber, RN, President

Mr. Fieber is the Professional Practice Leader at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

Kris Voycey, RN, Vice-President

Mr. Voycey is an emergency room nurse at Hôtel Dieu Grace Hospital. He is also part of the nursing faculty at St. Clair College in Windsor and Connestoga College in Kitchener.

Monica Seawright, RPN, Vice-President

Ms. Seawright is employed full-time at Bayshore Home Health in a supervisory role, and maintains a part-time position as a bedside nurse at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance.

"It is a humbling privilege and responsibility to be the President of the College of Nurses of Ontario," says Mr. Fieber. "The nurses of Ontario are part of a health care system that is respected worldwide. We recognize that health care delivery and nursing practice are changing. Council and staff are working together to address these changes and to continue protecting the public."

The new officers will serve until June 2011. Council provides the regulatory direction that supports Ontario nurses in providing safe, effective and ethical care. Council is composed of 39 members: 18 public members, 14 Registered Nurses (RNs), and seven Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs). The RNs and RPNs from around the province are elected to Council by their peers while public members are appointed by the provincial government. Information about Council members will appear in the fall issue of The Standard, CNO's quarterly membership magazine, and on the website, www.cno.org.

SOURCE College of Nurses of Ontario

For further information: For further information: Deborah Jones, Manager, Communications, 416 928-0900 or toll-free in Ontario, 1 800 387-5526, Ext. 7609, E-mail: dmjones@cnomail.org

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