Leadership and Innovation: A Summary of SRNA’s 2018 Conference & Annual Meeting

This year’s SRNA Annual Conference Leadership & Innovation: The Next 100 Years was held in Regina on May 1-3 and what a celebration it was! We had the opportunity to be inspired by health leaders and fellow RNs and RN(NP)s as we came together to look forward into the next 100 years of nursing.

There was an incredible focus on leadership throughout the event beginning on day one with the Leadership in Complex Times workshop presented by CNA Dorothy Wylie Health Leaders in partnership with the SRNA.  Congratulations to the two lucky participants, Michelle Gingara and Gwen Kessler, who won attendance to the 2019 Dorothy Wylie Health Leaders Institute in Toronto! We saw leadership demonstrated in the discussions among workplace representatives, as well as in the Retired Nurses and New Nurses professional practice groups at their meetings, and later in the concurrent sessions that happened during the education day. 

 The theme of innovation was prevalent from the moment Mike Villenevue, CEO CNA, delivered his keynote address Transforming Nursing in the 21st Century, and it also inspired our panel discussion which brought together RNs and RN(NP)s from a variety of practice areas, including a nursing graduate, to hear their unique perspectives on the future of nursing in our province. Another highlight from the education day was Tim O’Loan’s powerful presentation that gave insight into the legacy of residential schools and left us with a greater understanding of reconciliation in Canada. That evening, the spirit of celebration was in the air as we gathered to recognize achievements in nursing at our Awards of Excellence Banquet. Congratulations again to this year’s recipients 

 At our annual meeting we were pleased to have the Honourable Greg Ottenbreit, Minister for Rural and Remote Health speak and take questions from attendees – a much appreciated opportunity! Later that afternoon, members heard and voted on several proposed bylaws and resolutions, including a bylaw aimed at advancing RN(NP) scope of practice as part of ongoing harm reduction strategies. Thank you to all members for your engagement and your contributions to the discussions at our 2018 conference – the next 100 years are looking very bright! 

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