Hello and welcome to the CARNA President’s Blog!
I’m honored to host this forum where I can share some of my thoughts on issues important to registered nurses and nurse practitioners in Alberta. My goal is to post every two weeks and to create a forum for the exchange of ideas and points of view. I am particularly excited with the prospect of hearing from the thousands of CARNA members who I may otherwise never meet.
As a registered nurse, my experience over more than 35 years has included roles as a staff nurse and manager in a variety of practice areas including emergency, public health, inner city primary health care, trauma care, nursing education, and research. I have faced challenges and change, and the joy, sorrow and sometimes moral distress that impacts the work we do every day. I invite you to share your unique experiences, opinions and ideas in this blog. Together we will learn from each other and perhaps influence positive change one small step at a time.
CARNA is the professional and regulatory body for Alberta’s more than 33,000 registered nurses, including nurses in direct care, education, research and administration as well as nurse practitioners. Its mandate is to protect the public by ensuring that Albertans receive effective, safe and ethical care by registered nurses.
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The College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta serves the public by regulating registered nurses in order to promote and support safe, competent, ethical nursing care and providing progressive, innovative leadership that encourages professional excellence and influences health policy.