(from the 9th AGM & Conference)
Welcome to the 9th CAFCN AGM & Conference in Regina, home of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police training centre.
How quickly the year has passed, spring is here with summer is right around the corner, a perfect time to focus on what CAFCN has been up to.
Following the resignation of the President in August 2017, I was appointed as interim President until the 2018 elections took place. I want to take a moment to reflect on the past year and share the excitement of what’s ahead of us.
CAFCN is a non-profit organization formed by practising foot care nurses and our mission is to advance the practice of foot care through a collaborative and networking process for all individuals providing foot care. The executive committee consists of the president, past-president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer and membership chair. The executive continues to meet once a month via teleconference and on a prn basis. The executive committee is supported by provincial and territorial advisors. In addition, the bylaws allow for the following operational committees: education, policy, conference, website, newsletter, bylaw, nominations and public relations.
I am pleased to report at this year’s conference we have representation from 8 provinces/territories as well as several nursing colleagues from the United States and from Australia! Welcome everyone.
2017/18 has been a year of first’s for CAFCN. We launched a new website in August 2017 that allows us to make updates more readily and has given our online presence a more modern look. Along with the new website, we implemented new membership management software that allows us to better serve our membership, both now and as we continue to grow. Facebook, Exhibitor “Spotlight Showcase” and Bootcamp! We are very excited to show off CAFCN logo’d merchandise including a travel mug, water bottle, t-shirts, hoodies and jackets!
Our membership continues to prove that we are a dedicated, strong group of individuals who are passionate about what we do. I said it before and it is worth repeating, it is the power of membership that provides the momentum to keep moving forward.
In the fall of 2017 our website was upgraded to a WordPress platform. This has not come without a learning curve for all of us. Wild Apricot provides many options for site design, membership database management, event registration, online payments and email system.
CAFCN continues to receive emails voicing concerns regarding the degree of variance in nursing foot care education and practice across the country. As you are aware in May 2017, CAFCN released the National Competencies for Advanced Nursing Foot Care in Canada. This document has been shared with all nursing regulatory bodies, allied health professional groups, nursing foot care education programs, public health agencies, employers, reprocessing consultants, direct service providers and student foot care nurses. You will hear tomorrow what moving forward with these competencies means for our practice, collectively and individually.
Mindful of one of CAFCN’s goal, “a certification process for advanced nursing foot care”, in December of 2017 CAFCN advertised a request for proposal to develop education standards for nursing foot care programs in Canada. Two proposals were received and considered, Dr. John Collins proposal was selected to lead this project. These education standards will be used by CAFCN’s education committee as a tool to ensure the integrity of theory and practice for nursing foot care programs seeking CAFCN recognition. The purpose of education standard is to provide guidance to nursing foot care education programs (in Canada) preparing to submit a request for program recognition by CAFCN. This process will assure the public that graduates from a CAFCN recognized nursing foot care education program have achieved the National Competencies for Advanced Nursing Foot Care in Canada (2017). The education committee has been working with Dr. Collins and the project is on target and due to be completed by the end of June.
In March of this year CAFCN was the target of an email scam. As soon as we were aware of the issue and realized that our system was secure and had not been breached we advised recipients to delete the email without clicking on any links and that CAFCN did not take any unauthorized payments from their account. Throughout this situation, the CAFCN website remained secure, as has our PayPal account. We did our best to personally respond to anyone who had concerns and sent them to us. Thank you to Carol Tomalty of CarricDesign for staying on top of this situation and managing our day to day operations.
This conference is an opportunity to come together to discuss the challenges, opportunities, as well as to enjoy valuable networking opportunities.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my thanks to the volunteers on the Executive, the Provincial/Territorial Advisors and committee members who generously donate their time and expertise to CAFCN. Your contribution does not go unnoticed. It is your leadership, knowledge and inspiration that provide CAFCN with the credibility to keep moving forward.
YOU (the membership) are the power that provides the momentum to keep moving forward.
Interested in volunteering?
CAFCN is currently looking for an individual interested in working on and developing a newsletter for members. If this is something that interests you, please contact email@example.com for more information.
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Membership in the only national organization representing foot care nurses in Canada makes a powerful statement about you. Membership in a professional association shows employers, colleagues and clients your commitment to the profession as well as dedication about staying informed, educated and involved.