Nurses Recognize Top Employers

OTTAWA, May 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) announced today the winners of the 2010 CNA Employer Recognition Award. This prestigious prize honours employers who have shown an exceptional commitment to supporting registered nurses (RNs) pursuing national certification in a range of nursing specialties.

As part of an established national certification program, CNA offers voluntary certification in English and French to registered nurses. Specialty areas include, for example, perinatal, oncology, community health, gerontology, emergency, nephrology and medical-surgical nursing.

"Nursing practice is becoming increasingly specialized and complex, and it is imperative that RNs keep in step with the latest developments. There are over 15,600 nurses in Canada who have earned their nationally recognized certification credential - an assurance that they are at the top of their game in their specialized field," says CNA president Kaaren Neufeld. "RNs across the country proudly wear their certification pin as a badge of honour - and rightly so!"

Many employers seek out CNA-certified nurses in their recruitment campaigns because they see the benefit in building a workforce of RNs who are officially recognized as qualified, competent and current. Employers' active participation in CNA's certification program shows their commitment to patient safety and to creating a work environment that promotes continuing competence and excellence in patient care.

The Jewish General Hospital in Montreal takes this year's top prize for their outstanding support of RNs who wish to earn a certification credential. The institution provides funding for enrolment, study days and examinations, as well as a luncheon to celebrate RNs who achieve certification. The hospital also supports nurses who renew their credentials through continuing education opportunities as well as nurses who are active in developing certification exams.

"We know that supporting our nurses in CNA certification is supporting them in achieving nursing practice goals as well as career goals - and both are a priority in our hospital. We are very honoured to receive this recognition," said Lynne McVey, Director of Nursing at the Jewish General Hospital.

Honourable mentions were awarded to the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, the Riverview Health Centre in Winnipeg, and Lakeridge Health in Oshawa. These employers show exceptional commitment in supporting RNs in their certification and renewal activities - through, for example, providing resources and paid time off for study, encouraging certified nurses to become mentors, and giving free access to equipment and electronic tools - and were close contenders for the top award.

CNA also honours employers who usher in innovations in support of RNs' pursuit of certification. This year's innovation award recipients are CSSS Drummond, Hôpital Sainte-Croix in Drummondville, Quebec, which gave outstanding support to its first nurse to obtain certification; and Toronto's Princess Margaret Hospital, which incorporates CNA certification in their three-year Professional Development Pathway.

For more information on CNA's Certification Program, visit:

About CNA

CNA is the national professional voice of registered nurses in Canada. It is a federation of 11 provincial and territorial nursing associations and colleges representing over 135,000 registered nurses. CNA believes that the sustainability of a quality, publicly funded, not-for-profit health system rests upon a vibrant nursing workforce.

    Communications Personnel Contact Information - 2010 Employer Recognition
    Organization/  Award       Language   Contact    Contact Information
    Facility                      of      Name
    Hôpital        Employer    English    Mr. Glenn  Director of Public
    général        Recognition            J. Nashen  Affairs and
    juif/Jewish    Award                             Communications
    General                                          Jewish General Hospital
    Hospital                                         3755 ch. de la
                                                     Montréal, QC H3T 1E2
                                                     514-340-8222 ext. 5818
    Simcoe Muskoka Honourable  English    Kathy      Media Coordinator
    District       Mention                Dermott,   Simcoe Muskoka District
    Health Unit                           BA (Hons)  Health Unit
                                                     15 Sperling Dr.
                                                     Barrie, ON L4M 6K9
    	                                                 705-721-7520 ext. 7216
    Riverview      Honourable  English    Mr. Norman Chief Executive Officer
    Health Centre  Mention                Kasian     Riverview Health Centre
                                                     1 Morley Ave.
                                                     Winnipeg, MB, T3L 2P4
    Lakeridge      Honourable  English    Leigh      Lakeridge Health -
    Health         Mention                Winn-Kruck Communication
                                                     1 Hospital Court
                                                     Oshawa, ON, L1G 2B9
                                                     905-576-8711 ext.4317
    Princess       Innovation  English    Jane       Senior Public Affairs
    Margaret       Award                  Finlayson  Advisor, Princess
    Hospital                                         Margaret Hospital
                                                     610 University Ave.
                                                     Toronto, ON M5G 2M9
                                                     416-946-4501 ext.2846
    CSSS Drummond, Innovation  French/    Mme        Conseillère en
    Hôpital        Award       Français   Guylaine   communication
    Sainte-Croix                          Leclerc    CSSS Drummond,
                                                     Hôpital Sainte Croix
                                                     571 rue Heriot
                                                     Drummondville, QC
                                                     J2B 1C1
                                                     819-478-6464 ext. 2323

SOURCE Canadian Nurses Association

For further information: For further information: Paul Watson, Communications Coordinator, Canadian Nurses Association, (613) 237-2159 x283, (613) 697-7507 mobile, E-mail:

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