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Canadian Nurses Association

The Canadian Nurses for Health and the Environment - Infirmieres et Infirmiers pour la Sante et l'Environnement (CNHE/IISE) is proud to be a member of the Canadian Network of Nursing Specialties of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA).

"The environment has an impact on health. As nurses we have a role in preventing exposures to and reducing risks from environmental hazards. CNA has developed tools that support nurses in addressing environmental health issues effectively, no matter what setting they work in, be it clinical practice, administration, research, education or policy."

Canadian Nurses Association"The work of this initiative was first guided by the Environmental Health Reference Group, a group of nurses from across Canada that first met in June 2007. With help from CNA, the group has expanded to include other interested nurses and has become a CNA emerging group – Canadian Nurses for Health and the Environment." (CNA: Nursing and Environmental Health)

The CNA has developed tools to support nurses who are engaging in environmental health by making presentations to patients, colleagues and the public. These tools are free, available in both English and French and can be downloaded for use in your practice. To access, click on the image or menu to the right.

Pertinent CNA Updates

One of our roles as a group member of CNA is to keep our members informed about CNA events, announcements and other initiatives.

  2018 CNA Biennial Convention Theme: From Insights to Impact: It Starts with Nursing. Join us in Ottawa, Ontario, June 18-20, 2018 for the CNA 2018 annual meeting of members and biennial convention, CNA is seeking abstracts from nurses and other health professionals on five themes.

  • ACCESSIBILITY (Delivering care that is equitable, timely and affordable)
  • PERSON-CENTRED CARE (Making patients and clients partners in health)
  • HEALTH PROMOTION AND CHRONIC DISEASE PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT (Empowering people to take charge of their health)
  • TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION (Using advancements to make health care better)
  • COOPERATION AND COLLABORATION (How teams and other sectors contribute to health)

See the abstract submission guidelines and on-line form for full content details.

  2016 CNA Biennial Convention Theme: Nurses: Driving the Shift to Primary Health Care. Join us in Saint John, New Brunswick, this June for CNA’s 2016 annual meeting of members and biennial convention, where we’ll showcase how RNs are implementing primary health care to its fullest potential. Where: Saint John Trade & Convention Centre, Saint John, New Brunswick, When: June 20-22, 2016

Read the abstract of June Kaminski and Fiona Hanley's two contributions to the Biennium on behalf of CNHE:
Solution Lab, Empowering Canadian nursings voice in environmental health and
Pechakucha Presentation, Nursing in the Anthropocene: Building capacity in an era of environmental uncertainty

  National Nursing Week, 2016 – May 9-15 Theme: Nurses: With you every step of the way/ The CNA invites you to participate, distribute posters, and interact! "The theme is Nurses: With you every step of the way. Tell us what it means to you and we’ll share your thoughts with your fellow RNs! E-mail youropinion@cna-aiic.ca, leave a comment on our Facebook page or tell us on Twitter using #everystep."

  2013 Leadership in PHC Series CNA is pleased to release this compilation of 10 stories: our leadership in primary health care (PHC) series. These stories illustrate how registered nurses (RNs) are boldly championing social justice and health equity principles in a way that responds to the needs and expectations of Canadians. They also show RNs playing an important role, as part of interprofessional collaborative teams, in expanding the reach of PHC beyond the health sector.

  October 2, 2012 - Toward optimizing the health of Canadians and strengthening the performance of our health systems
The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) celebrated the release of the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology’s final report on the Review of the 2004 Health Accord (10-Year Plan to Strengthen Health Care). Released March 27, 2012, Time for Transformative Change: A Review of the 2004 Health Accord presents a series of 46 thoughtful recommendations calling for stronger collaboration between federal, provincial and territorial governments. CNA eagerly anticipates the federal government’s response to this report in the coming weeks and expects that it will commit to moving forward with concrete actions to address the health needs of Canadians, especially those among us who are exposed to conditions that predispose vulnerability.

  September 16, 2012 - Action Alert: Urge federal government to ban asbestos
CNA continues to call for a global ban on the mining, use and export of all forms of asbestos, and you can add your voice to this call by sending this letter to your member of Parliament asking them to support Motion M-381, which will be debated in the House of Commons on September 27. The motion, which will be voted on as early as October 3, calls on the Canadian government to stop supporting the use and exploitation of asbestos. Take action!

  June, 2012 - National Expert Commission
A Nursing Call to Action, the final report from CNA’s National Expert Commission, suggests a fundamental shift in how health and health care is funded, managed and delivered in Canada. Read the report, view videos, and check out other key resources now.

  November 24, 2010 - CNA Action Alert on Bill C-311
As you may know, despite being passed by a majority of the members of the House of Commons, the Senate shocked Canadians on November 16th and defeated Bill C-311, the Climate Change Accountability Act. This is the only time in the past 70 years that the appointed Senate has defeated a bill passed by the elected House of Commons without allowing for full consideration or debate.

Nursing & Environmental Health


More than 150 nurses from across Canada with an interest in environmental health are connecting through CNA to network with their peers, share resources and benefit from discussing colleagues’ experiences with nursing and environmental health. A new CNA Associate Group has formed: Canadian Nurses for Health and the Environment.

Read Feb 2010 Canadian Nurse feature »