The Canadian Liver Meeting
Thank you to all our members who helped make the first Canadian Liver Meeting a successful event.
The premier Canadian Liver Meeting that became known as CLM was a partnership between CAHN, CASL and CanHepC . It became apparent that the longstanding affiliation with the Canadian Digestive Disease Week as we have known from the past was no longer a reality. The three hepatology professional organizations were committed to ensuring an annual meeting would take place, and worked together to develop an outstanding educational event to meet the needs of our various delegates.
The CLM conference was held over 3 days at the downtown Toronto Intercontinental Hotel February 9 – 11, 2018. The total number of delegates that registered for the CLM was over 400 and over 155 abstracts were submitted to the meeting. Although as CAHN, we had our designated times and hosted speakers, what made this year different was that any conference attendees could take in any sessions. The “CAHN” sessions were attended by various health care professionals, with some sessions being standing room only. Early feedback has been positive. Your conference organizers welcome further feedback, as we work with our counterparts in evaluating this years meeting and moving forward with planning the 2nd CLM.
Feedback can be sent anonymously using the form at https://cahn.ca/about-us/contact-us/ just type CLM in the “name” field and email@example.com in the “email” field.
2018 Annual General Meeting
Our 2018 AGM was short and sweet with only two hours, we reviewed 2017 AGM minutes, updated members on CAHN’s happenings and planned initiatives, approved the 2018 budget, elected two Board members and took the time to recognize our hard-working and deserving members.
The following members were recognized by their fellow nurses for their contributions to Hepatology in various ways. The nomination letters are heartfelt and truly showcase the amazing work our members do in the challenging and ever-evolving field of Hepatology. We encourage you to read the full nominations letters.
Leanne Cadden, Kelowna
|Rising Star Award
Presented to a novice Hepatology nurse & new CAHN member (<3 years’ membership) who in a short time has been able to demonstrate an exceptional commitment to Hepatology Nursing; through strong evidence-based practice reflecting the CAHN standards & competencies; who shows evidence of leadership qualities; participates in community development.
|“When she was attending her first days of orientation with me in the summer of 2016, she obviously went home and did more reading and research on what we had been discussing. She returned the next day(s) with more questions! Within the first few weeks of working with me, she signed up for the BCIT Viral Hepatitis course. She is very responsive to learning, embracing all educational opportunities and showing a willingness to learn from both her mentor and the clinic physician”|
Denise Thomas, Vancouver
|Distinguished Service Award
Presented to a long-time CAHN member (> 6 years) who has contributed significantly to CAHN as an organization; through dedicated service & participation on Executive committees, or other notable roles within CAHN.
|“Early in her hepatology career, she became an active member of CAHN – in fact within a couple years of being a member she had joined the executive as vice president. Within a year and a half of being vice president – she graciously accepted the job of being interim president.”|
Lynda Watson, Calgary
|Award for Exceptional Contribution to Hepatology Nursing
“Nurse of the Year”: Presented to a CAHN member who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of Hepatology nursing; has contributed to the growth of CAHN; is recognized for their work outside of their immediate practice setting.
|“Lynda has been able to demonstrate her everlasting compassion in direct relation to society’s most vulnerable.”|
Bernadette Lettner & the Toronto Community Hep C Program
|Innovation & Inspiration Award
Presented to a CAHN member or multidisciplinary team containing at least one CAHN member; who advances Hepatology care through their visionary (ahead of the curve), creative (out of the box), and inspiring nursing practice.
|“Excellence in community nursing sometimes requires that we sniff the wind, step out of our comfort zone and take risks rather than wait for permission to act.”|
A Message from CAHN President, Donna Zukowski
I would like to extend a warm welcome to our new board member Mary Guyton and returning member Liza Abraham. We also have a new membership west, Anna DeWolff, with Shannon Taylor returning in the membership east role. Thank you to both and I know they are already planning how the membership role can reach out to new and continuing members. We are very happy that Sandi Mitchell will take the lead on our Standards and Competencies committee and Mia Biondi is joining as Conference Co-chair. Thank you to Colina Yim and Kathy Poldre for mentoring her in the coming year. And, we’re pleased Lesley Gallagher is returning in the Vice President role.
Thank you to all the members who were able to attend the CAHN/CASL/CanHepC collaborative education event. There will be more news shared about next year’s event as plans unfold.
Sneak Preview of the Summit: History in the making, come and be a part of the Special Nurse Education Day at the Summit. This is the first time CAHN is bringing international nurses together. There will be collaborative sharing of nurse initiatives in the represented countries. The nursing breakfast will be an additional highlight. Do not miss it!
Meet the New Executive Team Members
A Special Liver Nurse Summit
CAHN invites you to attend the “Special Liver Nurse Summit” taking place June 14, 2018, as part of the Global Hepatitis Summit, in Toronto, Canada.
The Liver Nurse Summit is focused on the nursing care of individuals with liver disease. Speakers and delegates from around the world will be attending and presenting a well-rounded range of topics. This meeting offers a unique opportunity to meet and network with colleagues from around the world. Click here to see the program.
Abstract submissions for oral and poster presentations is now open. Abstract Submissions Close on April 15, 2018. Click here to submit your abstract.
Register at http://www.globalhepatitissummit2018.com/registration by March 26 to receive the Early Bird rate. Use the nurse registration code, CAHN18GHS, to receive your nurse discount. Hotel reservations can be made during the event registration process and we encourage members to book with the Fairmount Royal York Hotel.
$175 CAD is the early bird rate to attend the Nurse Summit on June 14 or $425 to attend the entire Global Hepatitis Summit weekend (June 14-17).
CAHN is encouraging members to attend by offering travel reimbursement as per the linked policy. which reimburses up to $500 in travel expense plus up to $246 for hotel expense (50% of the hotel conference rate for two nights). As there is no AGM at this meeting, members MUST attend the Networking Breakfast on Friday, June 15 in order to receive travel reimbursement. The hotel rate is based on negotiations with the Fairmount Royal York. Hotel reservations can be made during the event registration process.
As the Global Hepatitis Summit only happens every 3 years, we encourage our members to register for the entire weekend meeting.
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BC Nurse Leaders & Dr. Ramji’s Liver Forum
Save the Date! Oct 19-21, 2018, in Vancouver at the Four Seasons Hotel.
More details coming soon.
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