Nurses’ association creates NurseONE online
SASKATOON – As part of its e-nursing strategy the
Canadian Nurses Association has launched NurseONE, the Canadian Nurses
NurseONE (INF-Fusion in French) is personalized and interactive to help
nurses in Canada and around the world care for their patients, manage
their careers and connect with colleagues and experts with the click of
a mouse. NurseONE supports the depth and breath of nursing in all
practice settings – clinical, education, administration and research.
NurseONE and INF-Fusion can be accessed by logging onto
NurseONE was developed in partnership with the First Nations and Inuit
Health Branch of Health Canada and in collaboration with nurses,
students, governments and employers.
The CNA’s chief executive officer, Lucille Auffrey, announced the
arrival of the new service at the association’s biennial convention,
held this year in Saskatoon.
She informed delegates of the quality information available to them
through NurseONE, including journals, online libraries and public health
advisories for increased emergency preparedness. “As knowledge workers
in this technological age,” she said, “it is essential that nurses have
access to the latest information at their fingertips. NurseONE meets
According to Auffrey, while technological advancements are here to stay,
they are useless if nurses can’t access them or don’t know how to use
“Access to computers and the Internet in some regions of the country is
either non-existent or slow and unreliable,” she says. “We need to find
ways to improve access because healthcare providers working in remote
settings need a wide range of knowledge and skills to deal with various
and complex cases.”
She adds, “Nurses can provide insights into how technology can enhance
care. It is essential that we play a greater role in the development of
information and communication technology solutions.”
CNA is the professional voice of registered nurses in Canada. It is a
federation of 11 provincial and territorial professional associations
and regulatory authorities for registered nurses. CNA believes that the
sustainability of a publicly funded, publicly administered,
not-for-profit health system rests upon a vibrant nursing workforce.
In a release, the Canadian Nurses Association noted that E-nursing, the
use of information and communication technology in nursing, is
revolutionizing the way nurses interact with patients, deliver care and
communicate with colleagues.
In June, over 1,000 delegates attending the Canadian Nurses Association
biennial convention and annual meeting in Saskatoon discussed the timely
theme Advancing Technology and Preserving Caring in Nursing.
“Equipment such as computer terminals on hospital units, laptops for
community health nurses and personal digital assistants for charting at
the bedside are as necessary as stethoscopes for health-care providers
to do their jobs,” says Deborah Tamlyn, president of CNA. “Information
and communications technology is an integrated and essential part of
Technology is considered key to addressing challenges to Canada’s
healthcare system such as geography, shortages of healthcare
professionals and increasing costs.
However, some experts believe that e-health is at least 10 years behind
other information management intense sectors such as banking.
To ensure nurses are part of the e-health revolution, CNA is leading an
e-nursing strategy aimed at bringing the nursing community up to speed
with other industries.
“Technological innovation has swept the globe, and nurses have accepted
the challenge this evolution brings,” says Auffrey. “Today, nurses work
in a variety of e-health programs such as tele-triage. They access
online libraries and databases of clinical practice guidelines in their
workplaces and interact with their peers in discussion groups over the
Internet. Nurses are also involved in developing standards to implement
electronic health records, and many nursing educational programs are now