Still riding the wave of excitement following CAHN’s first ever Special Liver Nurse Summit that took place on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

And what a successful day it was! The overall evaluation was extremely positive with comments like “This has been my favourite CAHN conference….great topics/speakers…..very informative”  “ I feel very lucky to have been able to attend”

This was an education day of national and international speakers; nurses and physicians sharing their knowledge, experience, and their passion.

A special thanks to the committee members, both at home and abroad, for making this day a success: Colina Yim, Mia Biondi, Cheryl Dale, Kathy Poldre, Donna Zulowski, HoChong Gilles (USA), Patrick Horne (USA), Michelle Clayton (UK), and Sally Spruce (Australia).  And a big thank you to Danae Sale, CAHN’s Administrative Assistant and to MCI for all their help in organizing this day.

And what better way to welcome our friends and colleagues to Toronto than to have the 3D Toronto Sign and the CN Tower lit up in red and yellow to acknowledge Hepatitis C Awareness and the work that we do. It was a great end to the day.

A lively and interactive discussion was held around the role of liver nurses beyond viral hepatitis. Additionally, we were able to network and discuss how to utilize the strengths of the various national liver nurse organizations to build a united approach to global liver nursing initiatives, especially in countries where nursing voices may not be recognized.

We welcomed international delegates from Australia, Brazil, the DRC, Denmark, United Kingdom, and the United States. The delegate from the DRC traveled to the meeting so she could meet other nurses who worked with hepatitis patients and shared the story of her mission to bring hepatitis care to her country. Her passion was heartfelt and driven by the loss of a classmate to cirrhosis. She will be a nursing leader, of that we have no doubt, and we look forward to working together in the future!

We look forward to seeing you at our next CAHN events.  Stay tuned for updates on BC Nurse Leaders, October 19 in Vancouver and the 2nd Annual Canadian Liver Meeting May 24-26 in Montreal.