How do I join?
CONA is an organization of concerned nurses and other health care professionals who are involved in the field of orthopaedics.
It's easy to join! Choose either of two ways:
Click here to register online and follow the instructions for new membership OR renewals
If you do not see your chapter (esp. Manitoba) PLEASE pick Member at Large and then send me an email to correct it. I am waiting to have this corrected, as I am unable to do so. Thanks
What is the cost to join?
- $100.00 per year for registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and registered practical nurses.
- $75.00 per year for other members of the medical profession.
- $50.00 pr year for those working towards their INITIAL licensure
- $35.00 per year for retired members.
- Memberships run from June 1 to May 31.
- To receive discounted rates to CONA local and national events.
- 50% Discounted Online Subscription to Orthopaedic Nursing. Information to subscribe is on the members section of the website.
- 40% Discount on Annual Subscription to the International Journal of Orthopaedic & Trauma Nursing. Information on how to subscribe is on the members section of the website.
- 25% Discount on NAON Online Orthopaedic Review Course. Information to purchase is on the members section of the website.
- To encourage professional growth and development by attending monthly education sessions pertaining to orthopaedic issues.
- To share ideas and knowledge of advances in the treatment and rehabilitation of orthopaedic patients; locally, provincially, nationally and internationally.
- To participate in a local chapter event and or host a national conference.
- To receive Orthoscope, our national newsletter informing you of current happenings in orthopaedic nursing.
- To have a voice in the changing and challenging environment of orthopaedic nursing.
- To benefit from the alliances and friendships formed by networking with other individuals involved in orthopaedic nursing.
- To qualify for CONA Awards.
- Because we have a lot of fun!
Awards for Members
Our low cost membership enables you to apply for our many awards.
Philosophy of Awards
The Canadian Orthopaedic Nurses Association believes that nurses who provide care to individuals with neuromuscular and skeletal disorders require a specific body of knowledge and skills to deliver the highest standard of care.
CONA believes that this knowledge is acquired, maintained and advanced through basic knowledge, continuing education, practice and research. In support of this philosophy, awards have been provided to be used for the continuing education of CONA members and for the recognition of members contributions to the orthopaedic nursing and patient community.
2022 Available Awards
CONA Certification Bursaries
8 bursaries to help members with the cost of Orthopaedic certification / renewal. Amount of the bursary will be the fee or certification/renewal plus applicable taxes and consider CONA Vouchers if available. All applications and documents MUST be received by December 31 of the year in which the applicant received their certification/renewal. For information click here. For Bursary Application
CONA Conference Grant
These grants are to assist members to attend National Conference - Four awards of $400.00
CONA Excellence in Orthopaedic Nursing Practice Award
Candidate is nominated by colleagues to recognize and reward an individual's commitment and involvement in the specialty of Orthopaedic Nursing. - One award - includes free CONA membership for one year, $750 towards cost of attending National Conference.
Dr. Cy Frank Canadian Orthopaedic Association (COA) Literary Award
Awarded to a CONA member who is author or co-author of manuscript and published in the last year in the Orthoscope newsletter or health related journal - One award of $250.00
"Up and Coming" Orthopaedic Nurse Award
This award is to foster the development of continuing education in the field of orthopaedic nursing - One award of $500.00. This award is to be used for Educational purposes
CONA Speakers Award
These awards are sponsored by CONA to share their expertise and knowledge - Two awards of $500.00 These awards are to help cover the cost of registration, travel or accommodation for the CONA member to present.
Lifetime Achievement Award
To honour an individual in recognition of the nurses contributions to CONA. - One award per year. Includes Certificate of Achievement, lifetime CONA membership, and Conference Registration (starting the year followiing the members recognition)
Eligibility of Awards
- All applicants must be regular CONA members (Registered Nurse and Licensed Practical Nurse).
- All applications must be signed by a member of the local Chapter executive or by an immediate supervisor for members-at-large.
- All applications are sent to the Chairperson of Continuing Education on the National Board and must be received by the deadline date. The Board reserves the right to extend deadlines and to encourage members to apply for awards.
- All recipients are approved by the Board.
- To receive monetary award - you must be in attendance at National conference that year.