Many of the councils and committees in which CANNT participates is through our involvement with the Kidney Foundation, either provincially or nationally. CANNT is represented on the Medical Advisory Committee of the Kidney Foundation of Canada. Their purpose is to give advice and guidance to the KFC Board of Directors on medical and technical matters within the competence and expertise of its membership. In turn, the Kidney Foundation tirelessly lobby government in respect to requirements to improve quality of care for this ever growing segment of the population.
CANNT is one of three professional associations represented on this council which was formed in 1979 by the Medical Advisory Board of the Kidney Foundation of Canada. Their purpose is to evaluate grant applications, recommend funding of deserving applications to the Medical Advisory Board, and to publicize and encourage application for grant funds by increasing professional awareness of the Allied Health Scientific Council. Each year, in excess of $150,000 in grants for scholarships, research projects and special projects are awarded. CANNT representatives on the council are recruited from the nursing membership, Master's preparation preferred but not required, for a two year appointment.
There have been advisory committees at various times in which CANNT has participated. Some of these groups have acted in the capacity of advisor to federal and provincial governments. CANNT's involvement in these committees allows us to be active participants in the decisions that shape the nephrology healthcare environment. The CANNT Board of Directors actively recruits representatives for these committees from the membership.
CANNT is an Associate Member of the Canadian Nurses Association. Our involvement with the CNA precedes CANNT's significant contribution to the development of the Nephrology Nursing certification exam and criteria. Certification has undoubtedly been a major thrust of our association. The CNeph(C) designation allows Registered Nurses, practicing in Nephrology to achieve personal and professional goals, become competitive in the marketplace and demonstrate to clients and peers that the national standard in the specialty is met. CANNT continues to lobby with employers on behalf of those certified, for recognition. Currently, certification is often cited as a preferred requirement or as an expectation in many programs. In some organizations, it is tracked as a quality indicator. Through the
CNA, CANNT is also involved with other specialty associations in lobbying federal and provincial governments on key issues in healthcare. While recognizing the value of CANNT's specialty contribution, the CNA provides an important link for us to the nursing professional and the issues common to all.
The CSN participates as a member on many of the Kidney Foundation committees, as does CANNT. As such, the collegial relationship has brought about opportunities for CANNT to provide comment and input on the various guidelines which they have developed to establish standards of care. CSN members have responded positively to invitations to educate our members in a variety of forums. We anticipate and will encourage development and growth in this relationship.
CANSW has joined forces with CANNT to promote and encourage Nephrology Healthcare Professionals Day. CANSW also participates on many of the same committees as CANNT through the Kidney Foundation. It is through these activities that both associations are able to share and work together in addressing common concerns and issues.
Members of CAND have attended and presented at CANNT symposia intermittently over the years. Like CANSW and CANNT, AND participates on various Kidney Foundation committees which foster interdisciplinary communication and a unified approach to Nephrology health care issues. CAND was is also integral in Nephrology Healthcare Professionals Day.
RPN members have been involved with CANNT over the past years through the CANNT symposia and writing articles for the CANNT Journal. RPN also on the team for Nephrology Healthcare Professionals Day.
CANNT has enjoyed a long-term reciprocal relationship with ANNA. CANNT is represented at the annual ANNA conference by our President while we play host to their President-Elect at ours. There is much that we can learn from each other as both associations grow and attempt to meet the needs of their memberships.
CANNT's relationship with EDTNA, provides an opportunity for an international exchange of ideas. Our Past-President represents CANNT at their annual meeting with their President participating in our symposium. Through this relationship, opportunities for collaborative initiatives are discussed.
The CANNT Technical Member at Large attends the annual NANT conference every second year with a reciprocal offer for participation for a NANT representative at our symposium. This provides an excellent venue for discussion of mutual concerns, collaboration and learning for both associations.