October 2020

Join CNO’s Council and make a difference for patients

Every day, you speak up for your patients. You advocate for their safe care and help them meet their specific care goals in many ways. It’s something you all do as nurses — no matter your role, title or practice setting — every day.

If you are interested in advocating for safe, quality nursing care at a policy and strategic level, consider running for election to CNO’s Council. By participating in nursing regulation, you have an opportunity to ensure that all Ontarians receive the best possible nursing care.

How does it work?

Council is CNO’s board of directors, and it’s comprised of nurses and members of the public. Together, they have one goal: to protect the public. Council makes important decisions that shape the regulation of nursing and promote public safety.

When you sit on Council, you don’t represent nurses — you represent patients. Your role is to bring your nursing expertise and your own unique attributes and competencies to Council’s discussions.

This year, we’re holding elections in the Southwestern and Central Western districts for RNs (including NPs) and RPNs, as well as in the Central Toronto district for RPNs. If you are eligible to participate in this election, watch your email inbox — we’ll send you the nomination form on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.

Is Council right for me?

Serving on Council requires a significant commitment. If you’re passionate about patient safety, then sitting on Council will be a personally and professionally rewarding experience. To help you decide if becoming a member of Council is right for you, this educational video series will give you an idea of what it’s like to join the board. Watching the series is the first step on your journey.

Your second step? Go to www.cno.org/elections to begin your nomination and learn more about joining the board. But don’t delay — the deadline to submit your nomination is Friday, Nov. 27, 2020.

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