Serving the Public: Reflections from the ED & CEO

As Anne Coghlan, CNO’s Executive Director & CEO, prepares to retire from her role at the end of March, she looks back at her time leading Canada’s largest health profession regulator.

During the past 21 years, I have had the immense privilege of leading the College of Nurses of Ontario. As I approach the end of my time as Executive Director and CEO, I am in awe of the changes and improvements I have seen in how we protect the public. As an organization focused on patient safety, we understand we are in a unique position of public trust. That’s why I am also very excited about the visionary work underway to continue CNO’s long history as a leader in professional regulation.

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What happened at Council?

CNO’s board of directors, which is called Council, meets quarterly to provide oversight, insight and foresight into CNO’s strategic direction. At its December meeting, Council discussed the Strategic Plan, our Professional Conduct processes and three new nursing programs. To see all the agenda items, go to Council Meetings page.


CNO has been working on several key initiatives as part of our Strategic Plan 2021-2024. These include enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), partnering with stakeholders and modernizing the practice standards for nurses.


We know that inclusive and culturally aware nursing practices lead to better patient outcomes. Earlier this year, CNO committed to embracing DEI. This includes the experience of staff who work with us, nurses and stakeholders who interact with us and the public’s experience of nursing care in Ontario.


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Answering your AMR questions

Our Annual Membership Renewal (AMR) opened on November 10. If you have already renewed, thank you! If you haven’t yet, you can easily renew your membership online by logging in to Maintain Your Membership with your email address and password. The deadline to renew without paying the $113 (including HST) late fee is 11:59 p.m., Friday, Dec. 31, 2021.


During AMR season, we receive some common questions, which we post on our AMR page. Here are some of them... 


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