CANN Standards of Practice were first approved by the Board of Directors in 1983.
The development of these standards was critical to CANN’s recognition by CNA as
a specialty group. The CANN Standards were subsequently revised in 1988. The
current revisions of 2008 aim to address the scope of practice as defined by CNA,
as well as reflect the variety of practice areas and settings of neuroscience nurses in
this century and in this environment of health care reform. The revised standards
also reflect changes in neuroscience nursing practice and emphasize caring for
clients across the lifespan, in different health states and across the care continuum,
rather than on single episodes of illness requiring hospitalization. The intent of the
new scope of practice statement and revised standards is to describe neuroscience
nursing practice broadly enough to include all sub-specialty areas, but specific
enough to be remain useful.
The CANN standards task force of the Canadian Association of Neuroscience
Nurses gratefully acknowledges the standards work of the previous task forces of
the Specialization Committee of the Canadian Association of Neuroscience Nurses
in 1980, 1981, 1983, and 1988.
The Canadian Association of Neuroscience Nurses (CANN) Professional Practice
Task Force developed this document in late 2007.
Task Force Members included:
Debbie Holtom, RN, BNSc, MEd, ACNP, CNN(C), Task Force Chairperson
Nancy Thornton, RN, MScN, CNN(C)
Kathy Doerksen, RN, MN, CNN(C)
Heather Stoyles, RN, CNN(C), CNCC(C)
Linda Kelloway, RN, MN, CNN(C)
Previous Specialization Committee Chairpersons (for standards development and
1980 Eileen Edmonds
1981 Pauline Weldon
1983 Geraldine Fitzgerald
1988 Ann Wyness
Specialization Committee name was changed to: Professional Practice in