Supporting Mental Illness Awareness Week

One in five Canadians will suffer with a mental illness in their lifetime. From October 2 - 8, we’re all encouraged to continue dialogue and raise awareness on the reality of mental illness, while fighting stigmas and educating health care professionals and the general public.

The Ontario Hospital Association is showing its support for mental health by highlighting  educational programs and resources. Check them out here.

COHNA-ACIIST is happy to announce Blaine Bentley, RN, Prairie North Health Region, as this year’s award recipient for 2016. The award is for ongoing occupational health nurse education.

We wish him all the best is his continuing education. COHNA-ACIIST offers an annual award to support nurses writing their

CNA certification exams in support of our specialty as well as those OHNs furthering their education in the field.

The revised guideline for MERS-CoV is now available on the gc.ca website. (Updated February 2016)

Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in Acute Care Settings


Thousands have been forced from their homes. Help communities impacted by the Fort McMurray wildfire by donating to the red cross:  https://donate.redcross.ca/ea-action/action?&ea.client.id=1951&ea.campaign.id=50639

CNA Extends Deadline for specialty certification exams

CNA Certification Program– Apply Now It’s Not Too Late!

There are over 18,000 certified nurses in Canada that are:

  • Recognized nationally for their practice excellence and commitment to lifelong learning
  • Valued by many employers, because their certification demonstrates specialized knowledge
  • Recognized for their clear commitment to lifelong learning
  • Viewed as having enhanced professional credibility, because their certification shows that they Care to Be the Best!

New in 2016
This year brings many exciting changes to the certification program as we celebrate our 25th anniversary!

Deadlines and important dates

  • August 8, 2016 — Deadline for online applications for initial certification and renewal by exam
  • September 19 to October 7, 2016 — Exam writing window
  • November 30, 2016 — Deadline for online applications for renewals by continuous learning

For questions please contact certification@cna-aiic.ca or call 1-800-361-8404.

Apply or renew online now at getcertified.cna-aiic.ca


Congratulations Roxanne McKendry, Past President of COHNA-ACIIST, on winning the 2015 Safety Leader of the Year award, presented by Canadian Occupational Safety.

Roxanne is featured in the December/January 2016 digital edition of Canadian Occupational Safety. Click here to read the article "A Nurse's Touch".

COHNA Background

Occupational Health Nurses from across Canada have been meeting informally since 1980. The current association now known as COHNA was founded in 1984 and incorporated in 1994.

Mission Statement
The Canadian Association for Occupational Health Nurses is committed to promoting excellence in the practice of occupational health nursing and advancing health, wellness and safety practices in the workplace by:

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