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 […]

A course every nurse should take: Indigenous Cultural Competency

The establishment of the First Nations Health Authority, the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and most recently, the appointment of two indigenous MPs to the federal cabinet, are all examples of efforts to acknowledge the history of colonization in this country and collaborate with Aboriginal leadership to address its legacy. However, amongst this progress a hard truth remains: statistically significant health disparities exist for aboriginal people both here in BC and across Canada. As a nurse, you have the power to help make a change. In fact, CRNBC’s entry-level RN competencies require nurses to consider how their practice can help achieve positive health outcomes for Aboriginal Peoples. Your actions are key to the promotion and delivery of culturally safe, appropriate and ethical care to aboriginal peoples. The first step is awareness, and that’s where the Indigenous Cultural Competency […]

Lost in the shadows: How a lack of help meant a loss of hope for one First Nations girl

In early February, the Representative for Children and Youth released her report, “Lost in the shadows: How a lack of help meant a loss of hope for one First Nations girl”. The report detailed the suicide of a young aboriginal girl and the failings of the system to intervene effectively in her care. The report recommends that within 30 days of its release, that the College of Registered Nurses of BC inform our registrants of the findings of the investigation with respect to reporting a child in need of protection and remind nurses of their statutory responsibility to report pursuance to section 14 of the Child, Family and Community Service Act. CRNBC already works with nurses to ensure that they understand that they have a legal and ethical duty to report suspected child abuse and neglect to the Ministry of Children and Family Development. Our Professional Standard […]