Dear OFPN Members;
At our AGM in Ottawa on May 1, 2016 it was voted that the OFPN Executive could begin to review and deliberate on changing our interest group’s name. As step one of this process, I am submitting this article to you for your review. This article reviews the history and context of OFPN, and outlines the current political and health care climate and context in which we are considering a name change. I know that OFPN is rich in membership diversity, history and context. I also know that the current and future climate and context of our work has changed and will continue to evolve. It is with this in mind that I encourage you to consider how a name change will support our current members, student members and future members within this evolving context. As always, your Executive welcomes feedback, questions, and comments. If you have feedback, please ensure that we receive it by November 1, 2016.
With warm thanks,
Sheena Howard, RN, BScN, MA(c), OFPN President
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