A response to your fee increase feedback

By Cynthia Johansen and Rob Calnan Over the weekend, the College received messages from a number of nurses in B.C., and that message was clear: nurses are frustrated with the fee increase and decisions that led us to this point. The Board of the College and staff work hard to limit fee increases. We had hoped to sell our building before the Board met at the start of December, so we could have announced a lower fee increase for registration renewal. Government requires the College to submit a fee increase ahead of the renewal date, which was done on December 1, 2017. We are pleased to report that the building sale finalized on December 21, 2017. Due to this, registrants will pay an increase of $67.84, instead of $98.55 in 2018. CRNBC will cover the additional cost of professional liability insurance for the 2018 year, and are also reducing the cost of […]

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 […]