The presentation I did in Canada went wonderfully well. The issues faced in Canada by CNSs are very similar to those faced by CNSs in the US. The primary difference is that the Canadians are not as far along on the journey as those of us in the US.
Some of the discussions at the meeting included the lack of understanding of the role by patients, the nursing staff and other advanced practice nurses. I mentioned the need for a 30 second elevator speech to describe and define the role for those who ask "So what is a CNS and what do they do?"
There was, however, a passion for the role that is much the same as seen in the US. The CNS role as enacted in the US and Canada is very similar. As such we have much that we cna learn from each other. The Canadian CNSs can look at the APRN Consensus Model and take from it the best of the elements that meet their needs. They have an opportunity to see the unfolding of the model in the US and identify what may not be working as well as it could/should and therefore can anticipate how they would do things the same or perhaps differently.
I will have an opportunity to go back again in September when the Canadian Association of Advanced Practice Nurses (CAAPN) meets in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. I have been accepted to do a podium presentation and will be discussing in more detail the APRN Consensus Model and the potential impact to Canadian CNSs and NPs. I welcome feedback from any Canadian CNSs as to your impressions of the model and how it should or could be replicated in Canada...what are your thoughts?
Next week I will be attending the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Advanced Practice Registered Nursing (APRN) Roundtable and the LACE meeting being hosted by the NCSBN in Chicago. I will update you on the activities there and any impact on CNS practice, regulation, licensure and education.
One element that will be coming forward for NACNS is the comment period on the Educational Standards document that is nearly ready for release. The work of the task force and Dr. Terry Valiga as facilitator is nearing its end. I will be able to discuss that and the impact of those standards in the near future in this blog. Watch for it! Provide your feedback to them and let me know how you will use the standards in your educational program for CNSs.
In the meantime...off to Chicago! Talk to you later...