Our Mission

The Canadian Association of Hepatology Nurses (CAHN) is a national professional organization that supports and promotes hepatology nurses and health care professionals with an interest in the care of people who are at risk for or living with liver-related conditions.  Our mission is to advance the science and practice of hepatology nursing in Canada through the promotion of clinical excellence and leadership, facilitation of knowledge sharing and networking opportunities, and through advocacy for equitable policies and practices that address the social and structural determinants of health.

Our Values

Caring Environments

We take a person-centred approach, recognizing that health is a human right and that people flourish under safe, inclusive, and caring conditions.

Clinical Excellence

We believe everyone at risk for or living with liver-related conditions should have access to quality clinical care from a specially trained hepatology nurse.

Collaboration

We are committed to sharing knowledge and working together to improve health outcomes at the individual, community, and population level.

Our Approach

Hepatology nursing takes a health equity approach, recognizing that racialized and marginalized groups experience a disproportionate burden of liver-related illness. We also recognize that to adequately prevent and treat liver-related illness, we must address the social and structural determinants of health.

Hepatology nurses practice in a wide range of settings including acute care, community and primary care, research, specialty care, private practice, Corrections and policymaking. Hepatology nurses work at the individual, community, and population level, delivering direct patient care and health-promoting programs, researching new therapeutics and evidence-based approaches to care, and advocating for health-promoting public policy.

The advancement of hepatology nursing requires evidence-based practice, critical thinking, and lifelong learning. Hepatology nurses use research, theory and experiential knowledge from nursing and other disciplines to provide high-quality nursing care.

Hepatology nurses use their clinical expertise to conduct and collaborate on research that focuses on improving quality of care for patients at risk for or living with liver-related conditions.

Our Goals

In line with our Mission, Values and Approach, CAHN has established the following goals to guide our work:

S&C

Develop and maintain Standards & Competencies for Hepatology Nursing to promote clinical excellence.

Education

Promote and provide high-quality educational events and resources for the members.

Networking

Create opportunities for members to network and share knowledge.

Policies

Advocate for policies and practices that address the social and structural determinants of health and contribute to improved liver health within Canada.

Leadership

Support leadership development and research opportunities for members.

CAHN Events

2023 CDDW-CLM

CDDW-CLM is a joint effort between the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology and the Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver, as well as their affiliates the Canadian Network on Hepatitis C, Canadian NASH Network, and Canadian Association of Hepatology Nurses.

CAHN’s Nursing Program

Managing Symptoms of Chronic Liver Disease – Keynote Speaker

  • 9:10 – 9:15 CAHN Introductions
    Liza Abraham & Leo Yamamoto, CAHN Program Co-Chairs
  • 9:15 – 10:10 Managing fatigue, cramps, itch, sleep, and sex
    Dr. Elliot Tapper, Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System, Gastroenterology Section, Chicago, IL

Hepatitis B: Where are we today?

  • 10:45 – 11:15 HBV history (etiology, Dx, Tx, management)
    Colina Yim, NP, Toronto Centre for Liver Disease, University Health Network, Toronto, ON
  • 11:15 – 11:45 Case study
    Colina Yim, Toronto Centre for Liver Disease, University Health Network
    Carla Coffin, Foothills Medical Centre

Meet The Experts: Addiction Series

  • 14:00 – 14:30 Further conversations around Harm Reduction and Safe Supply
    Marysia (Mish) Waraksa, NP, Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre, Toronto, ON
  • 14:30 – 15:00 Persons Who Inject Drugs
    Bernadette Lettner, RN, Toronto Community Hep C Program, Toronto, ON

15:30 – 16:15 CAHN DEBATETo B or not to B: A Question around Simplifying HBV Care

  • Arguing For: Edward Tam, Pacific Gastroenterology Associates
  • Arguing Against: David Wong, University of Toronto/ University Health Network

2023 CAHNference

Save the date! September 29-30 in Toronto.

CAHN’s Liver Health Education Conference The Canadian Association of Hepatology Nurses annually hosts CAHNference, bringing together healthcare professionals, from coast to coast, to share leadership stories, clinical best practices, innovative research, and scientific developments impacting hepatology nurses, their patients, and associated healthcare disciplines. We extend a warm welcome to members, non-members, affiliates, and guests who wish to join us.

More information coming soon.

Meet the team

CAHN is run by an amazing team of dedicated volunteers with the support of an Administrative Consultant. Volunteering for CAHN is a fun and rewarding way to make new connections and hone leadership skills in the field of hepatology nursing.

CAHN's 2022 Award Recipients

Kate Newcombe

Innovation and Inspiration

Sarah De Coutere

Innovation and Inspiration

Donna Zukowski

Distinguished Service

Stephanie Eiloart

Exceptional Contribution to the field of HepatologyInspiration

Sharon Bojarski

Lifetime Achievement

Standards and competencies

The Standards provide a comprehensive framework for the evaluation of professional ethical hepatology nursing practice. The competency documents describe core competencies specific to particular liver diseases/conditions. CAHN offers educational resources to help members achieve core competencies.

Partners & Affiliates