October 13th 2017 Message:

Happy post Thanksgiving to all our CANN colleagues across the country.

Friendly reminder that the CANN Logo contest closes on November 1. Please see the website for details. Membership input is valued and requested. All submissions are welcome, it can be a rudimentary drawing on a piece of paper, the electronic artwork will be sourced out later. Please submit your ideas asap.

The conference in Halifax 2018 will be here before we know it. The deadline for abstract submission is Nov 1. Again, please see the website for details and thank you to the Halifax chapter for their ongoing hardwork and commitment to CANN for hosting this conference.

It was great to see that the Ottawa West and Edmonton chapters of CANN are hosting local Fall events. All the best to those chapters in promoting Neuroscience nursing to their communities. Please forward local event information to Christianne Krassman to post on the web. webmaster@cann.ca

There is now a section on the website to post BOD conference calls, for all to review.

The CANN Strategic plan is up for review in 2018, please take the time to review the Strategic plan and forward any ideas you may have.

For anyone planning to recertify in Neuroscience Nursing Certification by Continuous Learning, the deadline is Nov 30. There is a Spring 2018 option to write or renew by exam writing, the application window is Jan 10-March 1, 2018 and the exam writing period is between May 1-15. Please encourage your colleagues to consider writing the Certification exam and/ or recertifying in it. For those that have already taken the challenge to become Certificated Neuroscience Nurses of Canada- CONGRATULATIONS! Be proud of your achievement and celebrate the fact that you CARE TO BE THE BEST!

The CANN Standards of Practice were last updated in 2008. This guiding CANN document will celebrate its 10th Anniversary this upcoming year. Thank you to our CANN members who worked tirelessly on this in the past. The time has come to revisit the Standards of Practice and all members are welcome to forward suggestions. For Chapters that may want meeting ideas, consider a “working meeting” to review the Standards and forward your input onward.

We remain optimistic that there will be an issue of CJNN published by year end. Having come from the WFNN conference last month and attending some amazing Canadian presentations, please continue to share your Neuroscience nursing expertise within Canada and submit your paper to CJNN.

For the CANN members in attendance at WFNN, and to those that presented, CONGRATULATIONS! Thank you for representing CANN, our members and our country, and thank you for showcasing our passion for and expertise in Neuroscience nursing at a world forum. Well done!

To all the members, as always, thank you for all you do and for the Neuroscience nurses that you are.

Respectfully,

Jodi Dusik Sharpe

Christianne Krassman