The National Society of Critical Care Nurses (NSCCN) based in Toronto, a Chapter of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), was established in 1975.
On February 27, 1979, a group known as the Niagara Association of Critical Care Nurses (NACCN) was formed. The NACCN changed its name in 1981 to the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses (CACCN).
In 1983, the NSCCN and CACCN existed as separate associations. During 1983, the two groups merged into one as the Canadian Assocation of Critical Care Nurses (CACCN), adopting the logo of the NSCCN.
During the first year, a Co-President structure existed consisting of the Presidents of the NSCCN and the original CACCN. While membership began with a heavy base in Ontario, national representation took off with the merger of a strong Manitoba critical care group and the introduction of additional chapters across the country.
In 2008, CACCN celebrated "25 Years of Critical Care Advocacy".
The National Board of Directors consists of seven (7) Directors: two (2) Directors from each of the three (3) Canadian regions, Eastern, Central and Western, and one Director at Large (who may be from any of the three regions) elected by CACCN members.
The Board appoints two (2) of these Directors to positions of Vice-President and President. Our eleven (11) Chapter Presidents report to a Board Director appointed as their Chapter Laison.
All memberships are collected nationally; the annual fee is $75.00 (includes GST) for a one year membership and $140.00 (includes GST) for a two year membership (a savings of $10.00). We also offer a student membership fee of $50.00 (includes GST) per year.
Chapters are reimbursed $15.00 per active/associate member and $7.50 per student member to assist with their operations.
The fee includes a subscription to the only Canadian peer reviewed critical care nursing journal - Dynamics: The Journal of the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses.