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Available Expert - Health Canada reinstates chief nursing officer for Canada

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Queen’s Erna Snelgrove Clark (Vice-Dean, Health Sciences and Director, School of Nursing) is available to speak to media about a recent announcement by the federal government that involves the reinstatement of the chief nursing officer of Canada position (CNO). 

According to the Canadian Nurses Association, the CNO will strengthen Canada’s health system by providing strategic policy advice from a nursing lens to Health Canada. It will also be essential in supporting a national response to the significant shortages in health human resources that exist across the country and in stabilizing the nursing workforce beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. While the position exists today in some Canadian jurisdictions at the provincial and territorial levels, and in many other nations, it was rescinded federally during former prime minister Stephen Harper’s government.

Dr. Snelgrove- Clarke can speak to how this role will draw on nursing expertise to better support Canadians through health policies and programs, and why CNOs are crucial to tackling the current issues facing Canada’s health system.

 A posting for the role is open to applications until February 28.


To arrange an interview, please contact media relations officer Julie Brown (343-363-2763 or julie.brown@queensu.ca)  or Victoria Klassen ( Victoria.klassen@queensu.ca  or 343-363-1794) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.  

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