CNA Certification Workshops

CNA certification is a voluntary, nationally recognized credential for registered nurses (RNs) who meet specific nursing practice criteria, continuous learning and exam-based testing requirements (CNA, 2014).

Register Online Congratulations on taking this step in your professional development. Becoming CNA certified is one of the most positive and powerful achievements for a nursing professional. As a certified RN, you will have:

  • the only nationally recognized RN credential for nursing specialties
  • an advanced level of knowledge, expertise and commitment to show patients, colleagues and employers
  • a stronger sense of accomplishment and personal confidence in your practice
  • greater opportunities for career advancement
  • a broader network of nursing peers and more ways to showcase your knowledge, skills and experience
  • a more focused continuous learning and continuing competence plan
  • (CNA, 2014)
To support you on your certification journey, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) has developed two-day CNA Certification Preparatory Workshops in Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing and Gerontological Nursing specialties.

About the Workshops:

In the course of the preparatory workshop, participants will:
  • Understand the structure of the CNA certification exam and be provided with strategies for successful studying for and writing the certification exam in both Mental Health/Psychiatric and Gerontological Nursing
  • Identify potential gaps in their knowledge of understanding as it relates to the competency areas covered in the exam
  • Gain a further understanding through facilitated presentations of competencies covered in both the Psychiatric/Mental Nursing and Gerontological certification exams through comprehensive nursing based review of major mental health diagnoses, psychopharmacology, the therapeutic relationship and therapeutic interventions with presentations facilitated by Ontario Shores psychiatrists, pharmacists and CPMH (C) and GNC(C) certified nurses. (Note: participants will also receive a link to workshop material)
  • Review practice exam questions and participate in group discussions
  • Learn from recent, successful CNA certified nurses who will share their experience and strategies for success
The following competencies will be covered in the two day workshops:
  • Trauma & Crisis
  • Eating Disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Suicide Risk
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Special Populations
  • Mood Disorders
  • The 3 Ds
  • Mental Status Assessment
  • Personality Disorders
  • Concurrent Disorders


Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Certification Workshop
When: September 12 and 13, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4: 30 p.m.*
Location: The Conference Place, Ontario Shores, Conference Room A and D&E
*Includes 15 min. morning and afternoon break; 1 hour lunch break.

Gerontological Nursing Certification Workshop
When: September 12 and 13, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.*
Location: The Conference Place, Ontario Shores, Conference Room A and D&E
*Includes 15 min. morning and afternoon break; 1 hour lunch break.

Information Sessions

  • Thursday, May 30th 1:00pm to 2:00pm
    - Psychiatric and Mental Health (Confirmed) Conference Room A
    - Gerontology ,Conference Room B
  • Tuesday, June 4th 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    - Psychiatry and Mental health - Cafeteria Boardroom (B5 L1)
    - Gerontology - IT Boardroom, 5-1010, (B5 L1)

Drop-in session

  • Thursday, October 3, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Conference Room B

What's included in the Workshops?

  • Lunch on both workshop days (all participants)
  • Workshop material including presentation content (all participants) 
  • Ontario Shores employees - Complimentary Registration (no fee)
  • Non-Ontario Shores employees - $160.00 (+HST) Registration Fee
    • Registration fee includes: lunch on both days, workshop material
    • Not included: Ontario Shores Parking Fee - parking details
  • Materials Only option: Non-Ontario Shores Employees - $80.00 (+HST)
    • For this materials-only option, the documents will be provided 1 week prior to the workshop dates.


Registration will open on Tuesday, May 14th 2019.

Registration Deadline: Friday, August 23, 2019.

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If you have any questions, please contact Paula McGrath (

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