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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 […]

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 […]
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    Understanding and improving the internationally educated nurse experience

Understanding and improving the internationally educated nurse experience

In August of this year, the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) will launch a portal that will enable Internationally Educated Nurses (IENS) to initiate their application for registration in Canada using a single integrated service. This is just the beginning of a more collaborative and streamlined effort among nurse regulators to create a more efficient and responsive registration process for IENs. I believe this lays the foundation for further improvements to the IEN experience. BC has one of the highest per-capita numbers of IENs registered in Canada. As a result BC nurses represent a wide range of backgrounds and expertise from around the globe. While each IEN’s experience in coming to Canada is unique, there are common challenges and opportunities for those seeking registration as a nurse. At the end of January, I attended a roundtable discussion hosted by Health Canada to discuss some of these common issues […]