In her newest video blog, CARNA President Shannon Spenceley helps describe the role of the registered nurse working in Primary Health Care.

Strengthening the Bond: A tri-profession forum focussed on continuity of care

On May 22-23, 2014, Provincial Council seized a unique opportunity as a body of nursing leaders. We engaged as part of a “tri-professional”, Board-to-Board forum with four other organizations representing two other professional groups: physicians and pharmacists. This was an opportunity for focused engagement with two of the professional groups that registered nurses and nurse practitioners engage with most often—to dialogue about a topic that engenders great passion in all of us: continuity of care. We know that the patient experience related to continuity of care needs to improve and we are committed to working together to address this issue.

During my president’s tour, I heard from many of you about the role of the RN in acute care. Here are some of your comments that I would like to share. Also, I pose some questions to registered nurses to get them thinking about and discussing the full scope of RN practice. – Shannon

Happy National Nursing Week 2014 from CARNA President Shannon Spenceley! This is a time to join together as friends and colleagues to celebrate service and commitment to the nursing profession.

An “inconvenient truth” about nurse staffing cuts

We have heard lots about transforming the in-hospital workforce recently, Change is inevitable – and contentious – but I think one thing we can all agree on is that change has to be for the right reasons, and certainly must be informed by evidence.  That’s what I want to talk about today: evidence.

An article came across my desk last week – a large European study published in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet in late February of this year (This is a journal renowned for publishing what scientists call “big science” in the world of health and medicine).

In this study, led by nurse scientist Linda Aitken, the authors aimed to assess whether differences in patient-to-nurse workloads and nurses’ educational qualifications in nine European countries were associated with variation in hospital mortality after common surgical procedures. This was a robust and sophisticated study, examining and controlling for a multiple of variables in the analysis of discharge data for over 400,000 patients. The study also included data from surveys of more than 26,000 nurses practising in the study hospitals, in order to measure nurse staffing and nurse education. Yup, this is BIG science.

What’s it like to sit at the Provincial Council table? In her fifth video blog, CARNA President Shannon Spenceley gives you a glimpse into what being a councillor is all about, what qualifications a councillor needs and how you can apply. Visit the CARNA Election webpage for the nomination form and more details on running for… Read More

Engagement: what does it mean to you?

When I use the word engagement, what comes to mind for you? A marriage proposal (that’s a big one!) or maybe an event you agreed to attend… CARNA is perhaps not the first thing that comes to mind! :)  But these things do have something in common – they are about  commitment.  Yes, I will commit to marry you. Yes, I will commit to attend that event… these are very visible demonstrations of commitment, of time, energy, spirit, emotion…  “Oh brother”  you may be thinking… “here it comes…she’s going to ask me to commit to CARNA!”

That’s not really my point, but bear with me.

In her third video blog, CARNA President Shannon Spenceley speaks about the ever-changing health-care environment and the kind of change that can empower health-care workers to make a difference.