A national voice committed to health and wellness
of neonatal nurses, newborns and their families

Home > ABOUT CANN/ACIIN

Objectives History Memorable Moments Board of Directors

 Objectives


  • Promote the art and science of neonatal nursing

  • Provide opportunity for neonatal nurses to share knowledge, experiences and ideas with other health care providers both nationally and internationally

  • Participate in provincial, federal and international health care decision making and policy development regarding the care of newborns and their families

  • Promote knowledge translation for effective and innovative approach to neonatal nursing practice and changes in health policy

  • Advocate for neonatal nurses regarding quality of work life issues

  • Develop neonatal nursing scope of practice, standards of care, guidelines, and benchmarks to maintain professional competency and accountability

Mission Statement

To represent a national voice committed to health and wellness of neonatal nurses, newborns and their families

Values

  • Knowledge
  • Professional Practice
  • Ethics
 

 History


The 5th International Neonatal Nurses Conference (INNC) was held in Ottawa in May of 2004. At a meeting, Canadian participants at the conference re-established their interest in forming a Canadian association to represent and unite neonatal nurses in Canada. A small group of volunteers from members of the conference organizing committee and representatives from various parts of the country formed the interim board.


The group consisted of Kathy Cunningham, Barb Czerniawski, Pat O’Flaherty, Nancy O’Neill and Shahirose Premji. Their mandate was to develop, incorporate and launch the Canadian Association of Neonatal Nurses/Association canadienne des infirmières et infirmiers en néonatologie (CANN/ACIIN). Seed funding for the development of CANN/ACIIN was acquired from the 5th INNC. The organization was incorporated on May 1, 2006, and the Canadian Association of Neonatal Nurses was officially launched on July 11, 2006. Sandra Dunn from the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa became the first member of CANN/ACIIN.


 

 Memorable Moments


2015

  • The CANN/ACIIN cross-country road trip “ONE Journey – ONE Road to 2016” continues, with stops in Winnipeg in April and Calgary in October.

2014

  • October 2014, CANN/ACIIN acquires a Certificate of Continuance from Corporations Canadian to continue to exist as a not-for profit organization under the new “Canada Not for Profit Corporations Act”. A special meeting of members is held to approve the new bylaws to comply with the act.
  • Further to the announcement by the Council of International Neonatal Nurses (COINN) in 2013 that the CANN/ACIIN bid to host its 2016 Conference was successful, CANN/ACIIN launches a four-city cross-country road trip “ONE Journey – ONE Road to 2016”. This exciting journey begins with “ONE” day of education and networking in Halifax in April and in Toronto in October.

2013

  • At the 8th Council of International Neonatal Nurses Conference in Belfast, Ireland, it is announced that CANN/ACIIN has the successful bid to host the 2016 Conference in Vancouver, Canada.
  • February 10-12, 2013, CANN/ACIIN hosts its 5th National Conference in Montreal, Quebec, with the theme "Nursing Is Our Passion – Knowledge Is Our Power – Let’s Share It".

2012

  • The CANN/ACIIN Board of Directors submits a bid to the Council of International Neonatal Nurses (COINN) to host its 2016 Conference in Vancouver, Canada.
  • CANN/ACIIN begins its liaison with the Academy of Neonatal Nurses.
  • CANN/ACIIN launches a new benefit for its members – Audio Seminars – available for free to members across the country.
  • The CANN/ACIIN Neonatal Nursing Certification Committee works at completing Phase 1 of a 3-phase process for certification of Neonatal Nursing through the Canadian Nurses Association.
  • February 12-14, 2012, CANN/ACIIN hosts its 4th National Conference in Toronto, Ontario, with the theme “Neonatal Nursing: Today, Tomorrow, Together”.

2011

  • CANN/ACIIN launches its new website.
  • July 2011, CANN/ACIIN celebrates its 5-year anniversary and reaches 250 members.
  • February 20-22, 2011, CANN/ACIIN hosts its 3rd National Conference in Calgary, Alberta, with the theme "Neonatal Frontiers: Blazing the Trail". Over 175 delegates attend from across Canada and abroad.

2010

  • December 2010, CANN/ACIIN enrolls its 200th member.
  • February 21-23, 2010, CANN/ACIIN hosts its 2nd National Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with the theme "Going for Gold in Neonatal Care".

2009

  • July 2009, CANN/ACIIN enrolls its 150th member.
  • February 22-24, 2009, CANN/ACIIN hosts its 1st National Conference in Montreal, Quebec, with the theme "The Journey of Neonatal Nursing: Integrity - Compassion - Excellence".

2008

  • May 13, 2008, CANN/ACIIN holds its 2nd Annual General Meeting in Edmonton, Alberta.

2007

  • December 2007, CANN/ACIIN becomes an Associate Member of the Canadian Nurses Association and an Affiliate Organization Member of the Council of International Neonatal Nurses (COINN).
  • November 2007, CANN/ACIIN enrolls its 100th member.
  • May 24, 2007, CANN/ACIIN holds its 1st Annual General Meeting in Ancaster, Ontario. At this meeting, Dr. Shahirose Premji is voted in as the first President of the Association.
  • May 2007, CANN/ACIIN has 89 members representing 7 provinces.

2006

  • September 1, 2006, CANN/ACIIN accepts its 1st member.
  • July 11, 2006, the Canadian Association of Neonatal Nurses/Association canadienne des infirmières et infirmiers en néonatologie (CANN/ACIIN) is officially launched.
  • May 1, 2006, the Canadian Association of Neonatal Nurses/Association canadienne des infirmières et infirmiers en néonatologie (CANN/ACIIN) is incorporated.

2005

  • December 2005, CANN/ACIIN becomes an emerging group member of the Canadian Nurses Association.

2004

  • May 14, 2004, Bob Chiarelli, Mayor of Ottawa, declares May 14th Neonatal Nursing Day in recognition of the care neonatal nurses provide to neonates and their families.
  • May 13-16, 2004, the 5th International Nurses Conference (INNC) is held in Ottawa, Canada. At a meeting, Canadian participants at the conference re-establish their interest in forming a Canadian association to represent and unite neonatal nurses in Canada.

 


 

 CANN/ACIIN 2016-2017 Board of Directors