Dear CABN Members,
I would like to take a moment to reflect back on the creation of CABN:
In 1986, a small group of dedicated burn nurses brought forward the idea to establish a national nursing organization. It was recognized that the care of burn patients is unique, and burn nurses across the country would benefit from sharing their knowledge and expertise with each other at biennial meetings. The first meeting was held in Toronto and was attended by 5 burn nurses representing 4 provinces. The mission of the Canadian Association of Burn Nurses (CABN) was to promote the support of nurses and other care providers, enabling them to provide the best standard of care to burn survivors and their families. The Founding Visionaries of the CABN Executive Board were: President: Nora-Gene Goodwin; Vice President: Catherine McAndie; Secretary /Newsletter Editor: Deanna Paulson; Treasurer: Judy Knighton.
Burn care has come a long way, and while we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Association, we are faced with many challenges and difficult decisions related to our steadily declining numbers in CABN membership. With improved fire prevention measures, we have seen a decline in burn patient population numbers within most burn centers. This has resulted in challenges to maintain and advance our specialty of burn nursing and thus has contributed to a steady decline in CABN Membership. Upon careful analysis of all financial documents and available resources, CABN Executive and Council came to the difficult realization that we can no longer meet the minimum criteria for association status through the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA). We have struggled for the past several years and can no longer sustain or continue on as an independent association. It is with sincere regret that I must inform membership about the upcoming dissolution of CABN following the 2017 September Conference. This was a very difficult decision; however, we have an exciting opportunity to partner with the Canadian Burn Symposium (CBS).
The Canadian Burn Symposium (CBS) is multidisciplinary and has grown substantially over the past 3 years with each conference. Originally based out of Sunnybrook, the Canadian Burn Symposium has grown from a one day annual conference in Toronto, to a highly regarded 2.5 day conference, hosted in different provinces across Canada. We hope to continue to have a strong burn nursing presence, and transition our CABN to a Canadian Burn Nursing Special Interest Group within the CBS. CABN executive have met with the CBS chairs to discuss the future partnership and are happy to announce the upcoming conference in Winnipeg will be our first joint venture. All Burn Centers across Canada are in support of this merger. The CBS is very excited with this partnership, as it is one step toward the goal of creating a multidisciplinary Canadian Burn Association. This allows for a larger membership and a sustainable association. We have strong nursing leaders in burn care, and want to continue to network and lead burn practice nationally. The Burn Care Canada Website will be unveiled soon, allowing us to have yet another forum for networking. This transition will allow us to become part of a strong multidisciplinary burn group who will work to highlight and advance burn care for our complex population.
On behalf of the Association, I want to thank all past and current members, executive and council; we appreciate your support of CABN throughout the past 30 years. We should be proud of our many accomplishments, including the fantastic CABN conferences hosted throughout Canada over the years! We have done great work together to advance burn nursing. We look forward to hearing your ideas and questions, and I invite your comments and feedback. Although we will no longer have the association, we will continue to advance the mission set forth by CABN: To promote the highest standards of practice in the field of burn nursing, and to promote educational programs to achieve these standards.
September 24-26th 2017, we are proud to host the final CABN Conference and first joint (CABN and Canadian Burn Symposium) conference in Winnipeg. Planning is well underway after a recent all-day meeting held in Vancouver. The upcoming multidisciplinary 2017 conference in Winnipeg is very special, as we will be celebrating the 30th Anniversary of CABN with specific topics dedicated to nursing and key nursing speakers, including Judy Knighton and Gretchen Carroughers. We will be hosting a special dinner to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of CABN. If you have ideas to make our upcoming conference even better, I would love to hear from you!
As more information becomes available, we will send out further communication to you.
CABN Executive 2015-2017
Tricia Carta, President
Karen Smith, Vice President
Lindsay Burnett, Past President & Newsletter Editor
Amelia Potter, Website Manager & Secretary
Judy Sleith, Treasurer/Membership