CONSTITUTION OF THE CAMEROON NURSING SOCIETY AMENDED IN 2000
Deposit Receipt of Declaration of Association N°. 005/RDDAlC19/BAPP of January 7, 1992.
Law N°. 90,053 of December 19, 1990 Focusing on freedom of association.
Cameroon Nursing Society, founded in 1992, in accordance with Law N°. 90-53 of 19 December 1990 on freedom of association, is a learned society, non-governmental, apolitical, consisting of nurses.
Article 1: Title and Headquarters
The association is called “Cameroon Nursing Society”, hereafter CNS. Its headquarters is in Douala Pox office Box 8743.
Article 2: Description
The CNS is an association of nurses who comply with these laws and adhere to a functional unit: the cell.
It operates without any discrimination, particularly with regard to sex, tribe or ethnic, religious, philosophical or political status.
PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES
Article 3: Purpose
The CNS aims to represent Cameroon’s nurses at national, regional and international levels, to be their spokesman and serve them as a framework for nursing research.
Article 4: Objectives
The CNS aims to:
- Regroup nurses from Cameroon to bring them to exert a positive influence on nursing and midwifery, health policy, professional standards and conditions of employment and occupation.
- Help members improve their skills and the quality of their services through the development of research in all its forms and organization of scientific forums.
- Create, receive and manage funds that will improve the quality of nursing care in order to more effectively achieve the objectives of the CNS.
Article 5: Languages of the CNS
The official and working languages of the CNS are English and French.
Article 6: Membership Categories
The CNS has two categories of members:
- Full members
- Associate Members
a) – Is called a full member any person holding a State Diploma of Nursing or any other qualification recognized as equivalent by the government to practice nursing.
b) – Associate Members consist of other components of the nursing staff such as Nurses and Assistants Help Caregivers.
Article 7: Criteria for membership
a) – To be admitted to the CNS as a full member, you must:
- Be listed to the board of the National Order of Nurses, Midwives and Medical-Sanitary Technicians of Cameroon
- Submit a membership application in which the applicant claims to have read the statutes, agrees to comply with them and to pay his membership fees.
b) – Each cell defines the conditions of admission of associate members and ensure that they fulfill the conditions laid down in Article 6 (b) above.
The temporary membership is granted by the cell and definitive membership by the Board of Directors of the CNS which is accountable to the National Coordination Committee.
Membership entitles you to a membership card of the CNS, signed by the President and countersigned by the head of the unit having jurisdiction over the member.
c) – Location of Membership: Membership in the CNS is only possible within a cell, a component of CNS.
Article 8: Rights and obligations of members
a) – Each member has the right to:
- vote during elections
- be eligible
- receive regular information and reports on the activities of the CNS
- submit applications for scholarships awarded by the CNS
- be representative of the CNS to the Government, Organizations with which the CNS maintains relationships
b) – Each member of the CNS must :
- promote the nursing profession and the objectives of the CNS to the public
- participate in the activities undertaken by the CNS
- pay contributions regularly and on time
- adhere to the code of ethics or professional conduct guidelines adopted by the National Association of Medico-Sanitary Professions or the CNS
- suggest amendments to the Constitution
Article 9: Resignation
Any member having paid its annual contributions may withdraw from the CNS. The Board of Directors shall be notified by the cell to which the person who resigned. belongs This member will then waive its rights and be released from all obligations arising from its membership to the CNS.
Article 10:Suspension and revocation
a) – Any member who fails to fulfill his contributions at the end of the year should be informed that his membership be suspended, unless he fulfills its owing within two months. The National Coordination Committee must be informed of any suspension of a member’s membership at its next meeting.
b) – The period of suspension is limited to one year, after which the member suspended for failure to pay his contributions must be removed from the CNS.
During the period of suspension, the member loses all his rights within the CNS.
c) – The Board of Directors on the recommendation of a cell may propose to the National Committee for coordination the suspension or expulsion of a member which he proves that violates the provisions of these bylaws or regulations made thereunder.
Article 11: Procedure for reinstatement or readmission
a) – A member whose membership has been suspended for non-payment of contributions may be reinstated once he has paid his contributions in full including the period of suspension. The national coordinating committee should be informed of the reinstatement of a member.
b) – After a voluntary resignation or removal, the readmission procedure is the same as for membership and subject to the following:
- A member who is not behind with the payment of contributions and who voluntarily resigns may apply for readmission if he continues to meet the criteria for admission
- When the termination of membership is due to non-payment of contributions, readmission occurs only after payment in advance for one year of contribution
a) – Financial resources include membership fees and annual contributions.
b) – Membership fees are 3000 FCFA distributed as follows:
- 1/3, 1000 F itself intended for the National Coordinating Committee
- 2/3 2000 F itself for the operation of the cell
c) – Annual contributions are staggered as follows :
- Full Member: 5000 F, 15% or 750 F for the International Council of Nurses. 25% or 1250 F for the National Coordinating Committee, 60% or 3000 F for the Cell.
- Nursing Assistant: 3000 of which 40% F 1200 F is for National Coordination Committee, 60% or 1800 F for the Cell.
- Carer: 1000 F of which 40% or 400 F for the National Coordinating Committee and 60% or 600 F for cell.
Article 13: Payment of contributions
a) – All contributions are payable within three (3) months after the beginning of the year they cover.
b) – For the year of membership of a new member, the payment of membership fees that serve as contributions takes place at the time of admission.
c) – The fiscal year of the CNS is from January 1st to December 31st inclusive.
STATUTORY ORGANS AND STRUCTURES OF THE CNS
Section 1: The General Assembly
Article 14: Definition
The General Assembly is neither a statutory nor a structure of the CNS, but simply an encounter allowing nurses to:
- exchange ideas on new knowledge in Nursing
- present the findings of their research work
- discuss technical, ethical and administrative matters
Article 15: Meeting of the General Assembly
The General Assembly of the CNS takes place every two (2) years. The National Coordination Committee selects the host province or region.
Article 16: Participation in the General Meeting of the CNS
Any person who pays the participation fee prescribed may take part in the work of the General Assembly of the CNS.
Section 2: The National Coordination Committee (NCC)
Article 17: Definition
The National Coordination Committee (NCC) is the governing body of the CNS.
Article 18: Composition
The NCC has two (2) representatives per cell. However, the Board of Directors of the CNS attend meetings of the NCC without voting rights, except for the President whose voice (outside of elections) is predominant in case of a tie vote.
Also attend meetings of the National Coordinating Committee in an advisory function, the former presidents of the CNS.
Article 19: Functions of the NCC
- Give political guidance to achieve the objectives of the CNS
- Admit within the CNS cells newly created on the recommendation of the board of Directors
- Receive and process reports of the Board of Directors on the activities of the CNS
- Collect the applications and elect both the Chairman and also the members of the Board of Directors
- Where appropriate, adopt proposals for the amendments to the Statutes of the CNS
- Decide on the dissolution of the CNS.
Article 20: NCC meetings
a) – The NCC meet in ordinary session once a year and its members are informed of the date and place of the meeting at least 45 days in advance.
b) – Special meetings of the NCC take place if the Board deems appropriate or upon invitation of the President of the CNS if at least 2/5 of its members from 50% of the regions of the CNS have made a request in writing.
The Executive Director of the CNS also takes part in the meetings but may not vote NCC.
The vote is positive at NCC when it includes more than half of the votes of the members present and voting.
Article 21: Regions of the CNS
a) – There shall be ten (10) regions for the appointment of members of the Board of Directors of the CNS
b) – The regions of the CNS correspond to the provinces or administrative regions of Cameroon.
c) – Decisions changing the number or composition of the regions of the CNS are made by the NCC on the proposal of the Board of Directors.
Section 3: The Board of Directors
Article 22: Definition
The Board of Directors is the management body of the CNS. It serves as a representative to the NCC within the period of its meetings.
Article 23: Composition
The Board of Directors of the CNS includes the President of the CNS and the members elected on the basis of the regions of the CNS.
The members of the Board of Directors including the Chairman of the CNS should be full members of the CNS.
Article 24: Executive Committee of the CNS
a) – The Board is administered by a committee composed of a President and three Vice-Presidents from all different sectors of the CNS.
b) – Chairman of the Board of Directors is the Chairman of the CNS. As such, he shall preside at all meetings of the NCC and of the Board of Directors. It works closely with the Executive Director to manage the affairs of the CNS. It participates in the work of all committees of the CNS.
Article 25: Functions of the Board of Directors
- Develop and take measures for the implementation of policies CNS, adopted by the NCC
- Recommend to NCC the admission of cells, membership or readmission of members
- Suspend, terminate or reinstate members of the CNS and report to the NCC
- Examine and present to NCC the proposals to amend the Constitution of the CNS
- Appoint members of committees of the CNS or of the Board of Directors
- Provide headquaters to the CNS
- Appoint the Executive Director and determine the conditions of employment
- Decide regarding the host cell and place of the meetings of the NCC and the General Assembly of the CNS
- Determine the financial policy, approve the budget and monitor its implementation
- Recommend to NCC the amount of the contribution payable to any organization which the CNS is affiliated to including :
- The International Council of Nurses
- The Commonwealth Nurse Federation
- Federation of National Associations of Nurses in Francophone Africa.
- and ensure that the latter be effective within the prescribed period.
Article 26: Vacancies
In case of a vacancy or inability to perform the duties, the position will be reoccupied as follows:
- If this is the Chairman, the First Vice-Chairman shall preside until the next elections
- If it is the vice-presidents, the Board shall elect a member from among its members from the same area to ensure the position of Vice-President until the next election
- If it is a member of the Board of Directors, the position will be reoccupied only if the vacancy occurs in the first half of the mandate of the Board of Directors, the candidate not elected from the same region and having obtained the highest number of votes will be appointed to fill the vacancy by the Board of Directors. However, when there is no unelected candidate from the same region, the Board of Directors after consultation with and written notice of the incumbent cell members of the region fills the vacancy The Board then proceeds with elections in case of plurality of candidacy.
Article 27: Meetings
– The Board holds two regular meetings per year.
– Special meetings of the Board may be convened by decision of the President or at the written request of at least one third of the Board members. Any board member who, during a mandate fails to attend two (2) meetings of the Board is deemed to have resigned from the Board and shall be notified in writing.
urgent issues or those that require immediate action may be settled by correspondence addressed to the Board members.
Article 28: Committees of the Board
There is hereby established with the Board of Directors of the CNS, a Scientific and Technical Committee entitled “Committee on Services and Research in Nursing” (CSRN).
Article 29: Mission of the CSRN
CSRN missions are:
- The organization and conduct of scientific forums
- Participation in any event of scientific character relating to health in collaboration with other partners in the health
- Contribution to the popularization of the national health policy
- Involvement in national policy of basic education , specialization and permanent and continuous training
- Operational Research in Nursing and Public Health.
The organization and operation of the Committee on Services and Research in Nursing are subject to a particular text of the NCC.
On the recommendation of the Board, the NCC can also create other technical or specialized committees with the Board
Article 30: The Executive Director
The General Directorate of the CNS as well as the Secretariat of the Board are placed under the responsibility of an Executive Director, a full member of the CNS, appointed by the Board.
The Executive Director (ED) reports to the Board. He is responsible for the general administration, for permanent or temporary staff, archives of the CNS, the implementation of projects and programs of the CNS in accordance with policies to be followed established by the NCC.
Article 31: Nomination and elections
a) Any cell, member of the CNS may propose a candidate from the sector to the position of President or Vice-President and a candidate from the region for a seat in the Board.
b) – Any member of the CNS may be a candidate for a post of the Executive Committee or of the Board.
c) – No candidate may be nominated for more than one post during the same election.
At least one year before the end of the mandate, the Executive Director shall send to each cell of the CNS application forms.
Note.: For the purposes of the CNS, it is established four (4) sectors called as follows :
– Southern area encompassing the current provinces of the Centre and the East and South ;
– Northern sector comprising the provinces of Adamawa, North and Far North;
– Western Sector with the provinces of North West and West;
– Maritime sector including the Littoral and South West.
However there are neither provincial or regional structures nor sectoral bodies within the CNS.
d) – The Chair of the CSN is rotating at the level of sectors of the CNS.
e) – The NCC elects the President of the CNS from among the candidates nominated of the beneficiary sector.
f) – Board members are elected by the NCC depending on how many seats are allocated to each region in accordance with the following criteria::
– each region has at least one seat on the Board ;
– a region in which there is the biggest number of cells, members of the CNS are entitled to an additional seat in the Board;
– A region with the cell having the biggest number of members within the CNS, is entitled to an additional seat in the Board ;
However, no region can have more than three (3) seats on the Board, provided that the president who can come from any region is not taken into account in the calculations.