Canadian Palliative Care Nursing Association 

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National Nursing Week

May 10-15, 2021

The Canadian Nurses Association has deemed May 10-15, 2021 to be National Nursing Week. The theme this year is "We answer the call". This could not be more true then in the current climate of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although you may not have time to pause and celebrate being a nurse this week, we hope you know that all you do is making a tremendous difference and you are appreciated by your peers, as well as patients and families. 


In honor of Palliative Care Nurses across Canada, we are pleased to present Nurse Leaders who are celebrating the role of palliative care nurses,  and also the impact providing care during the pandemic. Abstract details and registration are on our Upcoming Events page:

  • Tuesday, May 25th at 1200 EST: Webinar- “Celebrating pioneers in palliative care nursing: past and present”   by Marie Cooper RN BN MSc (FREE to Members; nominal fee for non-Members)

NOTE: CPCNA Members can view recordings of these events after the live dates if they are unable to attend in person.


CPCNA is pleased to announce that for Nursing Week, we are launching two Palliative Care Nursing Awards of Excellence:

The CPCNA Leadership Award is to honour a member of the Canadian Palliative Care Nursing Association (CPCNA), whose practice reflects components of the mission and purpose of the CPCNA.

The CPCNA Lifetime Achievement Award is to honour a registered nurse and/or nurse practitioner, who is member of the Canadian Palliative Care Nursing Association (CPCNA), has made outstanding contributions to palliative care, palliative care nursing and the CPCNA (and/or the CHPCNG) during the course of their nursing career.

For more information about nominee eligibility and the nomination process, visit our CPCNA Awards page. 

Did you miss the amazing presentation by Dr. Kim McMillan titled “Grieving When the Dust Settles” on May 13th? In this webinar, the impact of nurses being described as 'superheros" and "angels" was explored.  Fascinating presentation and of interest to all nurses. 


In an effort to provide ongoing support to nurses,  we are pleased to offer the recording of this Webinar free to all nurses until Friday, May 21st, After that time, it will continue to be available free to Members on our Members only page.  

To view the abstract, presenter bio and a recording of this presentation, Click Here


May 10, 2021- CPCNA offers congratulations to  Mahoganie Hines BScN(Hons), RN, CHPCN (c), a CPCNA Member and Secretary/ Treasurer of CPCNA, who has been awarded the RNAO Nursing Now Ontario Award for her work in advocating for and supporting persons receiving palliative care. There is a virtual awards presentation this Wednesday, May 12th at 1400 (EST). If you want to read more about this amazing award or attend the ceremony, click here

May 2, 2021- For National Nursing Week (May 10-14), CNA has offered the theme, "We answer the call". In order to acknowledge the integral role of nurses in all practice settings and celebrate their dedication in the often difficult times of the pandemic, CPCNA is pleased to offer a FREE webinar for ALL nurses. Dr. Kim McMillan from the University of Ottawa will present, "Grieving when the dust settles" on May 13th at 1300 EST. Click here for more information and to register. 

April 27, 2021- CPCNA's May webinar is confirmed! Marie Cooper RN BSc MSc,  Project Lead at St Christopher’s Hospice (UK) who will be speaking to us on Tuesday, May 25th, 2021 at 1200-1300 (EST). The topic will be “Celebrating pioneers in palliative care nursing: past and present”. For more information and to register, click here. 

April 26, 2021- Did you know? Member of CPCNA are able to access current webinars for FREE and previous webinar recordings at their convenience. We store them for up to 90 days. Click here to be directed to our archives.. 

April 10, 2021- As COVID-19 seems to be surging again, CPCNA's May 5th Town Hall will focus on 'Rituals in Coping". Group discussion on the Stresses and Successes of  providing care in COVID- 19 will follow. To register, click here

March 3, 2021- Our Town Hall Events are ongoing. The dates for the monthly events are posted on the Upcoming Events page. Click here to secure your spot now! Hope to see you there. 

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CPCNA Town Halls (COVID-19 focus)

CPCNA offers a series of Town Hall events which provide a safe space to share our stories, stresses and successes. The current focus is on care provision and self care in the face of COVID-19.  To register for a Town Hall, click here.

Other Group Events

CPCNA is supportive of other groups who are offering education in Hospice Palliative Care. Click here to learn more.

Canadian Nurses Association

The Canadian Nurses Association offers webinars which are supportive of professional development in nursing practice and supports CNA Certification in Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing. To learn more, click here.

Benefits of Membership

Be a member of the CPCNA and:

  • keep current on what is happening in palliative care in Canada;

  • enjoy the member areas of the website;

  • register free for select CPCNA webinars; and

  • attend CPCNA conferences at a discount rate

  • receive a discounted rate from CNA for certification and recertification in palliative care nursing

  • access to select past webinars on your schedule ( up to 90 days after the event)

But more importantly: 

  • enjoy the rewards of professional growth and development as you network with palliative care nurses from across Canada;

  • help ensure equitable, quality access to palliative care;

  • strengthen the competence and confidence of all nurses to integrate a palliative approach and/or provide specialized palliative care through education and advocacy;

  • serve on committees to develop national palliative care standards and competencies;

  • help with certification and specialization;

  • contribute to research in the field of palliative care and palliative care nursing.

Join CPCNA and find your professional home and a place to grow and contribute.


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