Who We Are

The Canadian Federation of Mental Health Nurses (CFMHN) is a national voice for psychiatric and mental health (PMH) nursing in Canada. It is an associate group of the Canadian Nurses’ Association (CNA), for which it provides expertise for the specialty in matters relating to mental health nursing.

CFMHN is by psychiatric and mental health nurses for psychiatric and mental health nurses and strives to ensure a national voice in matters relevant to psychiatric and mental health nursing.

CFMHN’s national body empowers psychiatric and mental health (PMH) nursing professionals as they pursue positive outcomes for themselves and for clients. Join Today!

Professional Practice
Visit the Professional Practice menu and check out CFMHN’s Standards of Practice and the Position Papers available from CFMHN and partners.

CFMHN Webinars
CFMHN runs a series of webinars open to both members and non members.  Keep an eye on the latest topics and speakers.


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Hearing the patient voice: why nurses must document the side effects of antipsychotics

by Michelle Danda Symptom reduction must not be the only goal of medication Psychopharmacological interventions are a large part of the mental health nurse’s role in the inpatient setting. Acute inpatient mental health admission is often focused on the stabilization of a person’s acute crisis and symptoms, necessitating consideration ...
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Changes to the CNA Certification Program

There are some changes for the Certification Program that pertain to the eligibility criteria to apply to write an initial nursing specialty certification exam. No changes were made to the eligibility criteria for the nurses who will be renewing their nursing specialty credential either by submitting 100 CL hours or ...
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Webinar link: COVID-19’s impact on Canada’s health care systems

On November 19, CIHI released data and insights exploring COVID-19’s impact on Canada’s health care systems from March to June 2020. This analysis looked at the impact on Canadians’ access to emergency departments and physicians, hospital care (including surgery cancellations, intensive care unit stays and ventilator use) and home care. Thank ...
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Innovation in Primary Care: Integrating mental health services in primary care

November 2020 The College of Family Physicians of Canada, in collaboration with the Canadian Psychiatric Association and the Canadian Psychological Association, released a new resource in the Innovation in Primary Care (IPC) series, Integrating Mental Health Services in Primary Care. It features case examples from British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, Nova ...
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CNA Substance Abuse

CNA – When I encounter people who use substances, my practice is….

Access a practical quick information sheet on professional practice surrounding substance abuse. Accédez à une fiche d'information rapide et pratique sur la pratique professionnelle en matière de toxicomanie ...
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Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) – Feedback request

While many online resources claim to improve mental wellness, which ones actually deliver? To help you make better decisions and feel confident in the tools and supports you choose, @mhcc_ offers these questions to consider: https://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/English/media/4385 Alors que de nombreuses ressources en ligne prétendent améliorer le bien-être mental, comment savoir lesquelles ...
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