What is the value of the College?

Price is what you pay, value is what you get. At CRNBC, we understand that every dollar counts, and we work hard to maximize the value of every dollar spent.  As part of our ongoing commitment to build and improve trust with nurses, we recently invited nurses to share their opinions through our online survey.  In this recent survey, we learned that more than 80% of respondents see the College as offering value to the nurses and the public.  At the same time, we asked for feedback during this year’s renewal. On average, nurses rated their renewal experience 8.8 out of 10. What do nurses value about the College? In our most recent survey, we asked nurses what they value about CRNBC. Here are the 6 most commonly shared reasons nurses value the College. […]

Why should you trust the College?

What community policing can teach us about building trust “Trust is the glue of life,” writes Stephen Covey. “It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.” For organizations like CRNBC that work in the public interest, trust is everything. The importance of trust is no more evident than when it is questioned, compromised, or worse yet, broken. This became increasingly clear to me in the news headlines of this past year—particularly for organizations privileged with special authority. Not all of that coverage fostered trust. The fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri made news around the world. In New York, we heard the news of an unarmed black man who died after an officer reportedly used excessive force. Closer to home, the Law Society of Upper Canada recently took action after a Toronto […]

International licensure: Bold idea or common sense?

Voltaire once wrote that common sense isn’t so common. Indeed, sometimes bold ideas—the unconventional ones that pose the greatest challenges—also make the most sense. In October, I attended the first ever International Nurse Regulator Collaborative (INRC) Symposium. Made up of nurse regulators from Australia, Canada (British Columbia and Ontario), Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, United Kingdom and United States, the INRC works together to share knowledge and ultimately, to become better and more effective in our work. The symposium is just one of our efforts to increase connections and opportunities for collaboration across the globe. October’s conference focused on how models of public protection and regulation have evolved in recent years. It offered a great opportunity to explore common approaches to the regulation of nurses and nursing practice. Following one of the symposium sessions, participants were asked to share one or two “bold ideas” for doing things differently […]

Every Child Needs a Champion

Hilary Rodham Clinton declared that “every child needs a champion.” And so often, that champion is a caring, astute and committed health care professional, like a nurse. Nurses have a unique and important role in our health system when connecting with families in crisis. Being aware of your legal obligations and the important role you play in the lives of children is a profoundly important professional responsibility. In June of this year, the Ministry of Children and Family Development updated legislation to require the reporting of domestic violence when witnessed by children. The ministry updated its handbook Responding to Child Welfare Concerns: Your Role in Knowing When and What to Report. Familiarizing yourself with the handbook is important, but equally so is knowing what the changes mean to your practice. If you have reason to believe a child is (or is likely to be at risk […]
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    Collaboration is not only important, but a duty for regulators of health professionals worldwide

Collaboration is not only important, but a duty for regulators of health professionals worldwide

Photo: Lisa Ashley, Senior Nurse Advisor, Canadian Nurses Association Barb Mildon, President, Canadian Nurses Association Cynthia Johansen, Registrar/CEO, CRNBC Christine Penney, Deputy Registrar and Director of Policy, Practice and QA, CRNBC This month, I travelled to Geneva to attend a meeting with the International Nurse Regulators Collaborative (INRC), of which CRNBC is a member. I was also privileged to attend the World Health Professions Regulators Conference and the International Council of Nurses’ meetings for nurse regulators, associations, unions, chief nursing officers and executives. There is something sobering about meeting with nurse leaders from around the globe. Whether in Canada, China, Zimbabwe, Croatia, United Arab Emirates, Cuba or the Philippines, the nursing profession worldwide is confronting remarkably similar issues. Nurses around the world are facing an aging population, increasing patient acuity, rapid changes in technologies, emerging diseases resistant to drugs and ongoing strains to human resources. Similarly, nurse and other health professional […]