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CHN Connections
Community Health Nurses across Alberta have told us that there is a need now more than ever to connect with one another. After the success of the 2009 National CHN Conference in Calgary, we are pleased to offer you CHN Connections  - a new and unique way to virtually share your experiences and connect with other CHNAlberta members.

Here's how CHN Connections works - As part of your CHNAlberta membership, every few months you'll receive a special CHN Connections email like this one. In it you'll find:

  • A Link to a thought-provoking online video clip, audio file, news story or short paper about a timely topic relevant to community health nursing. 
  • A series of questions to help you Think through your thoughts and feelings about the video topic. 
  • An opportunity to Share your responses through an online poll and then to instantly see how other CHNs responded.
  • Suggestions on ways to Act such as where to find additional resources, ways to have conversations with colleagues, and other opportunities. 
We encourage you to take a few minutes out of your busy schedule and join us as we create our first CHN Connections. There is no time limit/due date and the activities are now open. Get ready to Link, Think, Share, Act around some of the most important issues facing CHNs today whether we're in public or home health. 

Link 
The purpose of the following 30-second TV public service advertisements (PSAs), produced in 2003 was to highlight domestic abuse by putting domestic violence situations in public places where it would not be tolerated. As a note, these TV PSAs were never aired on Canadian television stations, even though the advertising agency consulted with the Industry Standards Committee during production. In the end, the Industry Standards Committee said that these TV PSAs were too violent.
WARNING: Violence & Coarse Language, Parental Discretion Advised.   
CLICK HERE to view the Online Video
 

Think
For many of you, the online video clip may have brought up strong feelings and thoughts. Here are some questions to help you think through this issue:
  1. When I viewed this video clip, I felt__________________.
  2. Where do these feelings come from (e.g. personal/professional experiences such as the family I grew up in, my current family, conversations with friends, conversations with colleagues, my nursing education, my work setting, other)?
  3. What do you think you have in common with any of the people in this video clip?
  4. If you could help change this situation, what do you think you could do? 
Share
Please consider sharing some, part or all of your responses through the link below. Plus by responding, you'll add your voice to the responses of other CHNs from across Alberta and receive a password to view the collected responses. 
CLICK HERE to share your responses
CLICK HERE to see how other CHNs responded 


Act

Here are some ideas on ways that you can take action as a CHN on this issue.
Future CHN Connections
We hope you have found this first CHN Connections interesting and relevant. We are planning to send CHNAlberta members a new CHN Connections about 4 times a year. We are looking forward to your reactions, feedback, suggestions, and ideas for future topics.
CLICK HERE to tell us what you thought about CHN Connections

If you have any specific questions or concerns about CHN Connections, please email Lynn Corcoran/Roxie Thompson Isherwood, CHNAlberta Online Coordinators at
chnalberta@shaw.ca
Creating Connections for CHNAlberta Members. If you are not a CHNAlberta member, join today at chnalberta.ca

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