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Objectives and Meetings


CNSA is guided by the following underlying principles and objectives:

  1. To be the primary resource for Canadian nursing students.
  2. Influence and advance innovation and social justice in the nursing curriculum and the nursing profession
  3. Strengthening linkages and creating new partnerships.

These objectives provide guidance to CNSA yet are flexible enough to allow the association to respond to current issues and events.

In addition to this, there is a vision for the association which includes the concepts/goals of Professionalism, Leadership, Visibility, Education and Advocacy.Activities of the Association have a relationship in some way to either the objectives of the Association or its vision. This allows for a wide variety of activities within CNSA.



Strategic Planning






CNSA holds a number of important meetings throughout the year to allow students from across the country to share ideas, determine policy and further the efforts of the Association.



National Assembly

The National Assembly is the annual meeting of CNSA where delegates from all the chapter members from across Canada meet and give direction to the Association. It is always held in conjunction with the National Conference in January of each year. All members are encouraged to attend the National Assembly.



Regional Executive Meetings

Regional Executive meetings are held bi-annually and are an opportunity for delegates from each region to meet and discuss issues specific to their region and national issues to be brought to to National Assembly. The meetings occur at each region’s Regional Conference and at the National Conference.



Board of Directors Meetings

The Board of Directors meet at least three times a year to implement policies and manage the Association between National Assemblies. The board communicates with the media and other organizations on behalf of the members.



Chapter Meetings

Chapter Member Schools hold meetings to discuss issues of concern to their school and to decide which issues should be elevated to the regional or national level. All members at a chapter are encouraged to attend chapter meetings. Chapter meetings are usually arranged by the Official and/or Associate Delegate at the chapter. Meetings occur many
times per year.


Last updated on August 3, 2016

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