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St. Michael’s recognized by the Canadian Nurses Association

Toronto, May 9, 2013

Ella Ferris, executive vice-president, programs and chief nursing and health disciplines executive with Canadian Nurses Association president-elect, Karima Velji
Ella Ferris, executive vice-president, programs and chief nursing and health disciplines executive with Canadian Nurses Association president-elect, Karima Velji.

Canadian Nurses Association’s president-elect, Karima Velji, visited St. Michael’s today to present an honourable mention certificate for the 2013 CNA Employer Recognition Award.

This prestigious recognition is awarded to employers who have shown an exceptional commitment to supporting registered nurses pursuing and maintaining national certification in a range of nursing specialties.

Velji praised St. Michael’s for “exemplifying a true academic health sciences centre as a hospital that supports nurse education and excels at providing compassionate care.”

St. Michael’s was recognized for integrating CNA certification into its larger strategic direction, recognizing nursing certification as a professional credential within a culture of nursing excellence and for providing financial and educational support to RN staff seeking certification.

CNA certification is obtained by successfully completing a rigorous exam process to ensure an RN’s specialized knowledge and skills are current and comprehensive. CNA-certified nurses receive a trademark certification distinction which helps with career advancement opportunities as well as university credit toward obtaining a nursing degree.

Bill Wade, a CNA certified nurse in palliative care, said that “having the CNA certification is important because you are recognized by your peers and by the nursing community as being an expert in a certain area.”