Road Map

Playing pretend has real consequences

There are 26 regulated health professions in British Columbia. Can you name them all? If not, you’re not alone. Many people are surprised to hear that over 100,000 health professionals are regulated in our province. The Colleges responsible for regulating these diverse health professionals play a critical role in protecting the public and ensuring safe, competent care. It’s important that we build awareness about regulated professionals amongst British Columbians so they can choose their health providers carefully, and know that help is available if standards aren’t met. This can be important for Canada’s new immigrant community, who, in some cases, may not have had experience with professions that are regulated in their countries of origin. That’s why I’m excited about the BC Health Regulators’ new public awareness campaign, “Saying you are one doesn’t make you one.” Using humour, the video campaign features children […]

Fentanyl and opioid overdoses: Can responsive regulation help save lives?

It all started with a discussion in late 2013 between the College, the B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) Professional Practice Office and others involved in harm reduction. How could we work together to tackle the troubling reality that a considerable number of people continue to die of opioid drug overdoses in British Columbia? Many opioid overdoses are preventable through the administration of naloxone. This medication, also known by the trade name Narcan, reverses the effects of an overdose from opioids such as heroin, methadone, morphine and even fentanyl. At the College we understand that health professionals, including registered nurses, are an important lifeline and resource for people at risk for drug overdoses. In some cases, a registered nurse is their first point of contact for health concerns and information. To help […]

Understanding the organizations that support nursing

The Association of Registered Nurses of BC (ARNBC) posted an open letter to nurses May 1, 2015 about a lawsuit filed by the British Columbia Nurses Union (BCNU). I feel it would be helpful to provide a short history of the association, regulator and labour union in B.C. It is correct, BCNU is suing me, the College, the Association, and its president over the transfer of funds from the College to the Association. The nursing profession’s history in this province provides context for the current situation, and also allows us to differentiate and value each organization’s role. Today, in 2015, as it should be, the regulatory, labour and association functions for nurses in B.C. are separate. Both the union (in 1981) and the association (in 2013) received funding to help them on their way. Three organizations, three distinct roles, […]

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 […]