2013 Fall | Foundation Focus

How do you know where you’re going … if you don’t know where you’ve been?

Looking back is looking good. Educational scholarship awards are up, from less than 30 to over 60. The number of applications has also more than doubled over the past five years. Together with our valued donors, and corporate and government partners, we also offer research grants and are working hard to develop more research opportunities. The CNF Nightingale Gala events have sold out every year, raising money for the goals that are near and dear to your hearts and ours.

So where to next? Canada’s aging population, along with the urgent health needs of our aboriginal peoples means we need more nurses like *Heather Carleton and *Sarah Brooks. Heather plans her future as a nurse practitioner with older adults in long-term care settings. Sarah intends to serve her remote aboriginal community through health teaching and health promotion. To help people like Heather and Sarah, increasing scholarship and certification awards by 25% overall is key.

Increasing investment in nursing research is another goal More nurse-led research, such as *Julia Wigmore’s work in maternal health, will help ensure the best possible care is provided to growing families.

*Check out the bios of these award recipients on our website to see how your investment is having an impact in your community.

Meet award recipient Aaron Bates

Aaron Bates doesn’t remember anything about the bike accident which put him in a near coma, but he remembers the nursing care in the hospital so clearly, it altered his career path as a nursing student at UBC in Vancouver.

Now in his final year as a nurse practitioner student at Nova Scotia’s Dalhousie University, Aaron’s brush with death changed the way he hopes to deliver care in an emergency ward. “In my case, I woke up wondering why my shoulder hurt so much, why my parents had appeared from the other side of the country and why I was getting a CAT scan and orthopedic surgery.”

Nursing staff took the time to explain the severity of his injuries and how he would be treated.

Patient communication is something Aaron believes is a key responsibility for nurses, even though it can be difficult in emergencies. “Families might not know what’s going on, but they want to be in that room. We do things that look horrible, but they can see and appreciate that we are doing everything we can,” he says.

He is also an advocate for going beyond ‘illness care’ to nursing as an early warning network for illness prevention through healthy diets and lifestyles. That’s what he hopes to bring to emergency hospital care as a nurse practitioner.

“I believe that nurse practitioner care is important and contributes something new, safe and cost-effective to health care,” Aaron says.

Dale’s giving back

For a third of a century, nurses helped pay her salary. Now a grateful Dale McLeod wants to give the profession a dividend. The former manager of finance and administration for the Nurses Association of New Brunswick delivers regular and generous support to the Nurses Association of New Brunswick scholarship fund administered through the Canadian Nurses Foundation.

“I have a lot of respect for my former employer and all those who work in the nursing profession,” she says. “I wanted to give something back and this was the only way I knew how.” She didn’t stop there. Dale now works as a volunteer for the local hospital auxiliary, which also gives nursing scholarships to worthy recipients through the University of New Brunswick.

You can give back too!

  • Help spread the word to friends, family and colleagues
  • Share your own personal nursing stories with us
  • Consider becoming one of our monthly donors

Celebration story

Let’s celebrate with John Vanderlee his 50 years as a registered nurse! John says.

“What a satisfying career as a professional registered nurse! As a staff nurse in an Ontario hospital, a Director of Nursing in the Arctic, a CNA administrator, a Teaching Master in a community college – all these opportunities (even for a man in nursing) allowed me to contribute to the health and wellbeing of Canadians.

To top it all off this year – my Alma Mater in St. Catharines, Ontario granted me, and my classmates of ’63, a lifelong free membership in the Mack Alumni Association.

What a joy and privilege it has been!” Congratulations, John

Message from the Executive Director

Many of you may have just spent the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. This truly is a time of thanks.

And so, the team at CNF would like to thank each and every one of you for your generosity and kindness.

This is also a time of reflection. And we at CNF are reflecting too, and planning a new and exciting year!

Part of that process includes getting to know you better too! Your feedback is important to the success of achieving CNF’s mission to support nursing education and research for better patient care. We kindly ask that you take a few moments to complete the enclosed donor survey. Sharing your experiences with us, and letting us know how we can best communicate with you, will help us meet our shared goals in supporting even more nurses – just like those you have just read about in this newsletter.

Stay tuned, visit our website, and stay happy and healthy!