College Life

Longest way round is the shortest way home

When it comes to good healthcare, what do your family and friends need? What do our loved ones, who require care, truly need from BC’s healthcare system? Those were the questions Minister Terry Lake asked of participants taking part in a recent forum about the Ministry of Health’s policy papers and how to turn good ideas into action. If home is where the heart is, then perhaps there is no better way to start a conversation about community and health care than by thinking about our loved ones. The minister encouraged us to take off our industry “hat” and think about our role as members of a community who want to meet the needs of those we care about. CRNBC was asked to join this discussion and share our perspective as a regulating body for nurses. The session was excellent. It brought forward ideas about […]

A community celebration: You don’t have to be a nurse to celebrate nursing week

I have to admit, I am an odd duck. A fish out of water. An outlier. As the first and currently only non-nurse registrar in Canada, I feel the weight of responsibility in ensuring that I understand and appreciate the profession in its entirety. I also recognize that my non-nurse status affords me the ability to see things through a different lens and offer a unique perspective to nursing regulation. Don’t get me wrong, I could never succeed without the highly knowledgeable nursing staff who help lead this organization each and every day. I often get asked about why I decided to get involved in regulating nurses, especially when I am not one. My answer is always the same–as a citizen of Canada and of B.C., I value the contribution nurses make to our health care system and our status as one of the healthiest countries in […]

The Road of Collaboration

Collaboration is a challenging word – many people think it means cooperation or consultation. But really, it is about people and organizations working together to achieve shared goals–goals that require genuine partnership and hard work. I am proud of the strong collaborative relationships we’ve built with the Association of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (ARNBC), the British Columbia Nurses Union (BCNU) and BC Health Regulators across the province. Together we’ve made excellent progress. Earlier this year, the College, ARNBC and BCNU met jointly with the Minister of Health about the need for a provincial nursing plan. Together with BCNU the College successfully launched the Early Intervention Program (Health). Working closely with ARNBC, we are carefully considering what services are a good fit with their strengths and purpose.  Through this collaboration, the College can begin to transfer some services better suited to a professional association.  Most […]

What does the College do for nurses?

In talking with nurses, sometimes discussions turn toward the value of CRNBC. Nurses want to know where fees go* and how the existence of the College makes a difference in their lives. My answer is always the same — the College is a foundational piece in establishing and maintaining the credibility of the nursing profession. The College does this by setting standards, supporting nurses to meet those standards, and acting when standards are not met. In framing the credibility of the profession through standards, the College effectively protects the public. And to be frank, it is continuously exciting and interesting work. Just like the profession, the College continues to evolve and find better and more appropriate ways to meet our mandate. Through it all, we are committed to ensuring the engagement of nurses in the development and maintenance of standards. The College cannot meet its mandate without the input of […]

What’s happening at the College

I am so happy to connect with you through the College’s first blog entry. For those who don’t know me, my name is Cynthia Johansen. I began working at the College almost six years ago as the Director of Registration, Inquiry and Discipline. In April, your Board appointed me as Registrar/Chief Executive Officer. Over the next several weeks and months I hope to be able to meet a lot of you in your workplace, at conferences and meetings or at the College. It is such a privilege for me to be in this position. I am committed to the nursing profession and all we can do together to meet the College mandate: protect the public by setting standards, supporting nurses to meet standards, and acting when standards aren’t met. The College is involved in a number of very important projects right now and I look forward to being able to report to […]