Canadian Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses
Société canadienne des infirmières et infirmiers en ophtalmologie

Our Mission

The mission of the Canadian Society of Registered Ophthalmic Nurses (CSORN) is to promote excellence and an optimal level of care in Ophthalmic Nursing.

CSORN supports individual development through continued professional education and research opportunities.

Our History

1986 - Expo in Vancouver, COS (Canadian Ophthalmological Society) Annual Meeting. Dr. Ron Jans asked the BC Ophthalmic nurses to set up a nursing component of special talks for the ophthalmology nurses attending the COS meeting. Under the direction of Margaret Bickford, an Ophthalmic Nursing Symposium was conducted. Approximately 79 nurses from across Canada attended and agreed to start individual Provincial interest groups that would support a National Group.

1987 - Montreal. The newly formed Montreal Interest Group hosted the symposium for nurses from across Canada and that is where the Canadian Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses was formalized. One goal of CSORN was for nurses to be visible and have a strong leadership in voicing nursing issues for the ophthalmic patient. The Annual Symposium allows nurses the opportunity to present papers and become knowledgeable on nursing issues as well as to learn new techniques, procedures and concepts. This proactive networking is vital for the development and survival of Ophthalmic nursing.

Executive positions were established (President, Secretary, Treasurer, Past President Vice President).

The constitution and bylaws were developed.

A yearly membership fee was established and due by January 31 of each year.

2015 - A redesign of the web site created the ability for members to easily register & renew online, as well as network with other members in a private discussion forum.

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