January 2018 CAHN Newsletter

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Important Reminder

Today (January 15th) is the LAST DAY to renew your 2018 CAHN membership in order to qualify for travel reimbursement to the Canadian Liver Meeting and a Special Nurse Summit.

Upcoming CAHN Events

The Canadian Liver Meeting

February 9 – 11, 2018 in Toronto, ON

Presented by CAHN, CanHep C Network and the Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver.  CAHN’s Nurse Program is now available.

CAHN/CASL Joint Members receive complimentary access to this event!

To register follow these steps:

  1. First, make sure to become a CAHN member or renew your 2018 CAHN membership.
  2. Then, sign up for or renew your CASL membership:
    1. NEW CASL members can sign up HERE and select “Regular – CAHN” at the bottom of the form to receive the special rate;
    2. EXISTING CASL members should log into their member profile to ensure their address and contact information is correct, and view and pay their renewal invoice. Current members will also receive a second email with a direct link to view and pay your renewal invoice.
  3. When you have paid your 2018 membership dues, you will receive a special access code (from CASL) to register for the Canadian Liver Meeting for free. Click here to register.
  4. Click here to book your hotel at the discounted group rate

This year, CAHN is reimbursing qualifying member’s travel expenses to BOTH the Canadian Liver Meeting AND to the Special Nurse Summit which is being held at the Global Hepatitis Summit, June 14th to 17th at the Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario.  Click here to see CAHN’s Conference Travel Policy.

 Request for Photographer Volunteers – Help us capture the fun and learning at the 2018 Canadian Liver Meeting and Annual General Meeting. Contact admin@cahn.ca if you would like to volunteer to take candid photos of the events.

CAHN’s Annual General Meeting

February 11, 2018 in Toronto, ON

CAHN’s 2018 Annual General Meeting will be held during the Canadian Liver Meeting in Toronto, Ontario at the Intercontinental Hotel on Sunday, February 11, 2018, from 7:15 AM to 9:00 AM.  A complimentary buffet breakfast will be served at 7:00 AM.

Call for Nominations

The following positions need your nominations!  Board of Director (2), Vice President, Membership East, Membership West, and Conference Co-Chair.  Click here to nominate yourself or a nurse you know.

To view minutes from CAHN’s 2017 AGM, please click here.

A Special Liver Nurse Summit with Global Hepatitis Summit

Save the Date! June 14 – 17, 2018 in Toronto, ON

The Canadian Association of Hepatology Nurses (CAHN) is pleased to invite you to A Special Liver Nurse Summit in Toronto – promised to be an unforgettable educational event.

Held during the 16th ISVHLD Global Hepatitis Summit which will bring together leaders from around the world to discuss outstanding basic and clinical science while addressing public health issues around viral hepatitis and other liver diseases. With a new focus on Public/Global Health and the addition of a Global Village, this promises to be a recharged ISVHLD meeting not to be missed!

Registration is now open.  Login to your CAHN account at www.cahn.ca or contact admin@cahn.ca to receive your special nurse access code.

Call for Abstracts is Now Open.  Closes April 15, 2018.


Canada’s Opioid Crisis

The Opioid Epidemic: educate yourself about harm reduction and overdose prevention

Over the past couple of years and especially during the later months of 2017, Canada has seen an alarming rise in overdoses and deaths due to fentanyl poisoning and opioid misuse. The numbers and the individual stories that represent are shocking. In April 2017, the BC government declared opioid overdose a provincial public health emergency and it is now recognized as a national health crisis with no region of the country left untouched.

In response to the epidemic, front-line community leaders led the way by opening unsanctioned “pop-up” overdose prevention sites, staffed by volunteers – both peers and health professionals. The urgency and seriousness of the situation have also prompted the federal government to fast-track applications for exemptions to open supervised consumption sites, and several of these have now opened around the country.

CAHN members working in HCV care occupy a unique role in our clients’ lives, often earning trust and developing therapeutic relationships that extend far beyond our role in viral response. Many of us have also been incredibly lucky to learn from clients, peer leaders and front-line coworkers along the way, growing a unique skill set and a deep understanding of the principles of harm reduction.

As nurses, we’re ideally situated within the health system to ask frank questions about substance use and overdose risk. We can also provide practical assistance, such as access to naloxone information and/or training, that may save a life.

CAHN members need to make the most of the privileged spaces we occupy and the powerful voices we possess.  We must educate ourselves, our colleagues and clients about the opioid crisis so that we can respond with the forward-thinking compassion, advocacy and professionalism which distinguishes our nursing practice and this organization.

Just last week, the recently created Harm Reduction Nurses Association came out with a document that highlights specialized skills for nurses working within supervised consumption services. CAHN members will recognize many of the competencies, and may wish to explore other areas:

The CNA has a number of excellent resources on harm reduction and illicit substance use, including a position statement:

There is an enormous amount of information available about naloxone and overdose response. This website from the BCCDC has a good overview of a short video as well as links to other resources:

CAHN welcomes suggestions from members with other helpful links that can be shared on our website and Facebook pages.

Partnership Messages

CNA and Your Professional Development

The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) wants your suggestions about professional development for nurses.

Please take 20 minutes to participate in CNA’s online survey.

This will help CNA better understand and serve your professional development needs and interests.

The survey is being conducted on CNA’s behalf by POLLARA, an independent market research firm. Your responses are anonymous and will not be connected to you in any way.

Top 10 reasons to join the Canadian Network of Nursing Specialties

  1.   Participate in the CNA Progress in Practice webinar series
  2.   Give feedback on national policy
  3.   Nominate candidates for CNA president-elect, public representatives and CNA awards
  4.   Nominate and elect two network representatives to the CNA boar
  5.   Participate in the biennial pre-meeting workshop
  6.   Improve your leadership and advocacy skills
  7.   Represent CNA on national committees
  8.   Network with other nursing specialities
  9.   Connect with nursing students and getting them interested in your speciality And the Number
  10. Become part of CNA’s national nursing voice and influence policy


Apply for the 2018 NP/PA Clinical Hepatology Fellowship

Application Deadline is February 1, 2018

There’s still time to apply for the 2018 NP/PA Clinical Hepatology Fellowship. The fellowship provides salary and benefit support for certified and licensed Nurse Practitioners (NP) or Physician Assistants (PA) pursuing a full year of training focused on clinical care in hepatology.

Reaching the Undiagnosed

As part of a national effort to reach Canadians living with undiagnosed HIV, hepatitis C and other sexually transmitted infections, the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCCID), CATIE, and the CIHR Centre for REACH 2.0 joined forces to share promising practices for improved testing and linkage services in Canada.

About Hepatopulmonary Syndrome

The hepatopulmonary Syndrome (HPS) is a shunting lung disease caused by liver disease, seen in 5-30% of patient with cirrhosis, and often missed. The Canadian Hepatopulmonary Syndrome Program has recently developed and validated an informational resource for patients, practitioners, and researchers.  This site is available at: www.HPSCare.com