Bridging the divide

As Canadians, we believe in recognizing and supporting the regional differences of our vast country. It is a value that contributes to our national character. But in the case of nursing regulation, have we let regional differences go too far? Our jurisdictional approach to nursing regulation has led to a multitude of solutions to the same problems. This, in turn has created unnecessary barriers to the free movement of nurses across the country. Do we really need a different approach to regulation in Timmins, ON from the one we have in Dawson Creek, BC or Charlottetown, PEI? As someone who has been deeply involved in the regulation of health professions for over 15 years, my answer has slowly evolved to “no.” I believe that continuing to work in silos, and the absence of common standards across Canada is inefficient, expensive and most importantly, impedes our ability to deliver on our mandate […]

Guest post: CRNBC goes to Ottawa

Christine Penney RN, MPA, PhD is CRNBC’s Deputy Registrar and Chief Officer, Policy, Practice & Quality Assurance. When I became a nurse, Parliament Hill was the furthest thing from my mind. My career has been dedicated to improving the health system, but I never assumed that work would include testifying to the Senate!  Nevertheless, that’s where I found myself on May 10, when I presented on behalf of the college to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs on Assisted Dying (Bill C-14). The process to get MAiD legislation and regulation in place by the June 6 deadline set by the Supreme Court has been a […]

4 ways NCLEX helps ensure safe, competent nurses enter the profession

Our role at the College is to protect the public through the regulation of nurses. One way we do this is by setting the entry-to-practice requirements for nurses in B.C. to help ensure nurses working in the health care system are safe, competent practitioners. The NCLEX-RN plays an essential role in this. It strengthens our evaluation of a nurse’s ability to deliver safe competent care before entering the profession. Nursing is an incredibly complex profession that requires knowledge, judgment, skill, and self-reflection, as well as continual professional development. When a nurse starts their first job in Canada, both clients and the healthcare team need to feel confident in that individual’s ability to deliver safe competent care. Nursing practice requires a significant knowledge base with the skills and ability to perform complex and technical procedures safely. The standard for entry into the profession must be rigorous. The NCLEX is a critical […]

Strong, effective nursing regulation needs you! Have you checked the box?

There was a time when most of us might have believed valuable nuggets of knowledge primarily come from the insights of a few great minds. Galileo’s telescope, Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity and in our profession, Florence Nightingale’s efforts to modernize nursing care. While brilliant individuals will continue to make their mark, the modern digital world has also ushered in new levels of collaboration and input. More and more, we are tapping into “the wisdom of crowds.” Each year, CRNBC looks for both “high-tech and high-touch” ways to tap into the wisdom of nurses and our stakeholders. For example: Our improved online registration and renewal application is the result of interactive user testing and interviews with B.C. nurses. Our efforts paid off. On average, nurses rated their renewal experience as 9 out of 10, due in part to nurses’ input. More recently, we conducted […]

Bye bye Ebola: Sierra Leone ends the year on a (musical) high note

As we approach the holiday season, a marked decline in Ebola cases gives cause to celebrate. The 2014/15 outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa is the largest since the virus was discovered in 1976 . In our own province, the healthcare community came together to establish resources and an Ebola preparedness plan. Gratefully, to date, Ebola is not a significant concern for us in B.C. Since the outbreak, there has been 11,300 confirmed deaths due to EVD worldwide. In spite of these statistics, as 2015 comes to a close there is good reason to celebrate. And what better time, as we approach the holiday season. On Nov. 2, Sierra Leone, one of the countries hardest hit by the epidemic, was declared free of Ebola virus transmission in the human population . To reach this milestone a country must go 42 days, or two 21 incubation periods, without an […]