The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) offers the only national nursing certification program in Canada, so we understand the commitment it takes to achieve your certification credential. We also know the pride you feel when you pass your exam and put on your pin for the first time. Becoming certified in your specialty demonstrates your commitment to nursing excellence and continuing competence. It shows that you Care to Be the Best!
CNA certification is a voluntary, recognized credential for registered nurses who meet specific nursing practice criteria, continuous learning and exam-based testing requirements. The credential, which must be renewed every five years, confirms your proficiency in a nursing specialty/area of nursing practice by having met predetermined standards.
Certification represents a commitment to the leading edge in health-care standards, and it gives national scope to continuing competence initiatives mandated by provincial/territorial quality assurance programs. When you achieve certification it shows your commitment to a national standard of professional expertise and in-depth understanding in your area of nursing practice.
Certification is now offered in 20 specialties/areas of nursing practice, with PeriAnesthesia being administered for the first time in 2014!
Having a trademarked certification credential after your name indicates to patients, employers, the public and professional-licensing bodies that you are qualified, competent and current in a nursing specialty/area of nursing practice. It distinguishes you as a registered nurse who Cares to Be the Best!
Greater job opportunities
Potential for salary differentials and reimbursement of certification exam costs
University credit toward a nursing degree
Mentoring and exam development opportunities
Join the more than 17,200 RNs who are already CNA-certified and show that you Care to Be the Best!
The next move: leading interprofessional collaboration
Collaborative practice is becoming the norm but to achieve this goal changes are needed in attitudes, in operations and in systems. We all have to recognize the importance of working with government, unions, regulators and other stakeholders.
Influenza is a serious illness that disproportionately affects certain populations who have a higher risk of complications. Influenza immunization, as the most effective method of preventing the flu, allows health-care workers to protect themselves, their families and those in their care.
Have You Thought About the Social Determinants of Health?
The health of Canadians is not shaped primarily by the medical treatments they receive or the lifestyle choices they make but by the living conditions they experience. These conditions have come to be known as the social determinants of health.
The resources within this section are offered to inform your cultural awareness, competency, and safety so as to enhance your capabilities to work with your clients in addressing their health and wellness needs