About

The Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association is an organization that represents gerontological nurses and promotes gerontological nursing practice across national and international boundaries.

The vision of CGNA is to promote excellence in gerontological nursing through leadership, knowledge, and scholarship

The CGNA’s mission is to address the health concerns of older Canadians and the nurses who participate with them in health care.

Objectives:

  • To promote high standards of gerontological nursing practice.
  • To promote educational programs in gerontological nursing.
  • To participate in affairs which promote the health of older adults.
  • To promote networking opportunities for nurses. 
  • To promote and disseminate gerontological nursing research.
  • To present the views of the Association to government, education, professional and other appropriate bodies.

History:

The first gerontological nursing conference was held in Victoria, BC in 1983 where plans for the development of a national association began. These plans were further developed at the second conference in Winnipeg, MB in 1984 when an Executive was elected to develop a Constitution and By-Laws. The CGNA was formally constituted at the third meeting of interested nurses from across the country, held in Hamilton, ON in 1985. It was determined that the CGNA would have an annual meeting with alternate ones being held in conjunction with a biennial scientific and educational conference. The 4th National Conference, the first sponsored by CGNA was held in Halifax, NS in 1987.

CGNA is a federation of conjoint and non-conjoint provincial gerontological nursing associations. Membership runs from April 1 - March 31 of each year (with the exception of GNA Ontario which runs fromNovember 1 - October 31).

CGNA is an associate member of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) as a national nursing group. Please note that CGNA individual members are not members of CNA.  
Please note that you do not need to be certified in gerontological nursing in order to become a member of CGNA.

Conjoint Membership

In conjoint provinces members belong to both the provincial association and CGNA


Our conjoint provincial gerontological nursing associations include:

Gerontological Nursing Association of British Columbia (GNABC)
Alberta Gerontological Nurses Association (AGNA)
Manitoba Gerontological Nursing Association (MGNA)
Nova Scotia Gerontological Nurses Association (NSGNA)
New Brunswick Gerontological Nursing Association (NBGNA)
Newfoundland and Labrador Gerontological Nurses Association (NLGNA)
Gerontological Nursing Association Ontario (GNAO)
Prince Edward Island Gerontological Nurses Association (PEIGNA)

Non-conjoint Membership

These are members in locations where there is no provincial gerontological nursing association.

Saskatchewan, Quebec, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon, USA.


CGNA Non-conjoint Membership Categories

In 2007, a resolution was put forward to expand categories of membership.  The bylaws were approved by the membership at the 2010 AGM.  These bylaws have received formal approval from Industry Canada in March, 2011.

Below is a description of each membership category according to the new bylaws:

(a) Regular membership, which shall consist of Registered Nurses or Licensed or Registered Practical Nurses or Registered Psychiatric Nurses who shall be voting members of the Association and are eligible to hold office in the Association. 

(b) Student membership, which shall consist of Registered Nurses or Licensed or Registered Practical Nurses or Registered Psychiatric Nurses enrolled full-time in educational institutions, who shall be voting members of the Association, and who shall pay fifty (50%) percent of the regular membership fee of CGNA.  

(c) Associate membership which shall consist of Registered Nurses or Licensed or Registered Practical Nurses or Registered Psychiatric Nurses not currently employed in nursing, other nursing personnel, and others who have an interest in the health care of elderly persons, who shall be non-voting members of the Association, and who shall pay fifty (50%) percent of the regular membership of CGNA. 

(d) Student associate membership, which shall consist of any undergraduate nursing students enrolled at an recognized institution in a province or territory in Canada studying toward Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Practical Nurse, or Registered Psychiatric Nurse designation with the provincial or territorial regulatory body may become an associate of the Association upon payment of an annual fee of such an amount or amounts as may, from time to time, be fixed by resolution of the Board and ratified by members voting at the Annual General Meeting.    

Associates shall be entitled only to those rights and privileges of the Association as may, from time to time, be determined by resolution of the Board of Directors and shall receive a certificate identifying such person as an associate thereof.  

(e) Retired membership, which shall consist of any member of the Association who is not in paid employment and who has
(i) reached the age of 60; or
(ii) reached the age of 55 and maintained regular membership in the Association or other provincial gerontological nursing association for a total of 15 years, may become a retired member. A retired member shall have all the rights and privileges of regular members
 
(f) Honourary life membership, which may be conferred on members of the Association as recognized by the Association for their contribution to the field of gerontological nursing, who shall be voting members of the Association and who shall pay no regular membership fees to CGNA.  

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