CNSA Referendum, 2013

The Ingram School of Nursing is currently a member of the Canadian Nursing Students Association (CNSA). In 2011, the board members voted that the annual membership fees be increase from 5$ to 10$ for full-time students and from 3$ to 6$ for part-time students. It is now our duty as nursing students of the Ingram School of Nursing to approve this fee increase. If you accept the fee increase, you are supporting that the Ingram School of Nursing remain a school member of CNSA.  It would also mean that an extra 3$ or 5$ per year would be charged to your tuition fees. If you do not accept this increase, you acknowledge that this decision could potentially terminate McGill’s membership with CNSA.

To make an informed decision, we have provided you with more information on CNSA.

McGill has demonstrated much leadership within CNSA and we sincerely hope to see as much enthusiasm for years to come.


Stephanie Gourdeau

CNSA Official Delegate for McGill University

The Canadian Nursing Students Association (CNSA) is the voice of nursing students in Canada. For over thirty years, CNSA has represented the interests of nursing students to federal, provincial, and international governments and to other nursing and health care organizations.

As a member of CNSA, you have the opportunity to interact with other nursing students on educational, professional, and social levels. CNSA holds annual national and regional conferences and offers lively discussion forums through their website.

CNSA, with nearly 30,000 members, is an affiliate member of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and is an associate member of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU). CNSA has a reciprocal relationship with Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) and the Canadian Nurses Foundation (CNF).


CNSA’s Mission

CNSA is the national voice of nursing students. We are a bilingual and pan-Canadian organization advocating for the needs of all nursing students.


CNSA’s Vision

CNSA fosters leadership and advocates for the evolving interests of nursing students.


CNSA’s Values

Education and Research


Diversity and Inclusiveness

Accountability and Transparency


CNSA Strategic Objectives

In 2011 CNSA’s National Assembly approved the 2011 – 2016 Strategic Plan for the Association. The Strategic Plan set out three main objectives to drive CNSA towards 2016:

A. To be the primary resource for nursing students

B. Influence and advance innovation in nursing curriculum and research

C. Strengthening linkages and creating new partnerships

To find the full Strategic Plan and see the associations vision for the next four years, please visit

Why is it important the Ingram School of Nursing remain a member of CNSA


Provides opportunities for participating members to acquire and demonstrate leadership and organizational skills;

Increases students’ awareness of relevant political and ethical issues and advocates on behalf of nursing students on the national stage;

Provides professional development opportunities through workshops and conferences;

Provides networking opportunities with fellow nursing students and employers;

Provides opportunities for involvement in health care issues and health promotion; and

Offers exposure to changing nursing philosophies and specialty areas of nursing.

By joining as a chapter member your school will have access to a number of membership services and networking opportunities, some of the current benefits are listed below.

Membership services include access to:

The Nursing Portal “NurseOne” (an online community where nursing students can have access to many organizations, discussions, etc.).

Membership in the Canadian Nurses Association.

CNSA publications.

Awards and grants that are only available to CNSA members.

Free subscriptions and access to professional materials such as the Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership.

Career development workshops and publications for students in conjunction with DonnerWheeler.

Opportunities to participate in committees at the regional and national levels.

Assistance / suggestions with fundraising for member schools.

Opportunities to advocate for student issues at local, regional, national and international levels, and set policy.

Networking opportunities include:

Meeting other nursing students and other health professionals at the regional, national and international level.

Education and professional growth though attendance at the national and regional annual conferences (CNSA members get a discount).

Ability to network with nursing students, nurses and other health care professionals in both official languages.

Affiliation with the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN), the Canadian Nurses Association, and the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions with active participation in their meetings.

Information on other conferences and activities held by students, nurses, and other health professionals.

Do you accept the Canadian Nursing Student Association membership fee increase; and therefore, that the Ingram School of Nursing remain a member of the Canadian Nursing Students Association?
I accept
I do not accept


Registration to 2012 CNSA Regional Conference is now OPEN!

This year’s Quebec Regional Conference hosted by McGill University is aimed at discovering our own passion in the diverse field of contemporary Nursing, featuring guest speakers, wine and cheese, career fair (bring your CV), and dinner banquet. Our guest speakers will be discussing how they developed their professional interests in Aboriginal and global health initiatives, Nursing research, community health, women’s health, and in internal medicine. Join us in our quest to explore all the potential that Nursing has to offer!

Registration forms can be found on the Facebook group or from your Class Rep, and can be mailed to the NUS office or given to your Class Rep.

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National conference information to come.