November 2021

Make a difference: Join a committee or Council

Nurses from all practice areas sit on our committees or CNO’s Council (our board) — and you could be one of them. Deadlines are approaching this month for applying to join a committee or running for election to CNO Council.

CNO’s committees

CNO has five committees that contribute to regulatory processes that protect patients: Discipline and Fitness to Practise; Inquiries, Complaints and Reports; Quality Assurance; and Registration. Nurses who serve on these committees use their knowledge of CNO’s practice standards along with their unique perspectives to make objective and evidence-informed decisions that contribute to safe nursing practice in these specific areas. You can learn more about the work each committee does on our Committees page.

Current committee members say that participating in a committee is both challenging and rewarding, and an opportunity to impact patient care. “It is an excellent opportunity to support public safety,” says Priscilla Ankamah, RN, a member of the Registration Committee. “You gain a profound understanding of the legislative and regulatory laws that govern the profession and develop a deeper appreciation for CNO and its processes.”

You can learn more about the committee experience by reading these testimonials from two current members.

The deadline to submit your application to serve on a committee is midnight on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. Learn more about what’s involved and how to apply.

CNO’s Council

CNO’s Council (our board of directors) is comprised of both nurses and members of the public. Council provides oversight, insight and foresight into CNO’s strategic direction, and Council members make important decisions that shape nursing regulation and promote public safety. If you’re passionate about patient care, then sitting on Council will be a personally and professionally rewarding experience.

This year, we’re holding elections in the Metro Toronto and Central districts for RNs (including NPs), and in the Central Eastern district for RNs (including NPs) and RPNs. If you are eligible to participate in this election, check your email inbox — we contacted you on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021.

You can learn more about running for election to Council on our Council Elections page. If you’re considering applying, don’t delay — the nomination period closes at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021.

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