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Looking ahead to an exciting 2014

Over the past 12 years, I have been diligent in making New Year’s resolutions. They tend to be similar from year to year: eat healthier, manage my spending or even run a marathon. I don’t always meet the goals I set, but I know that my efforts have a positive impact in breaking bad habits and making healthier choices. At CRNBC, our New Year’s resolutions are built into our new strategic plan: improving nurses’ experience with us, being a relational regulator and ensuring that public interest is put first. Through the work of our Board and staff, I know we will meet these goals. Already I can see our efforts paying off and I am excited about what we will likely achieve in 2014. For example, nurses renewing their registration this year will notice that our fees have stayed the same for a fourth year in a row.  In […]

You can’t stop an idea whose time has come

It has been said, you can’t stop an idea whose time has come.  If so, the time has come for regulators of health professionals to take a hard look at ways to harmonize standards across our healthcare system.    Admittedly, the current complexity and multiplicity of regulation can sometimes confound and confuse health professionals. Globally, there is growing agreement that regulators have to do more to streamline guidelines, standards, requirements and policies.  This was the central idea in a recent paper I read by Harry Cayton and Douglas Bilton (from the Professional Standards Authority in the UK):  Asymmetry of influence: the role of regulators in patient safety. The authors make the point that on a daily basis health professionals are continuously making simple as well as complex decisions about patient safety.  Within such an environment, we need consistent approaches to regulation that, wherever possible, find commonality among the multitude of […]
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    Is time travel possible? If so, what will self-regulation look like in the future?

Is time travel possible? If so, what will self-regulation look like in the future?

Is time travel possible?  The simple answer is yes. The more complex answer is it requires travelling close to the speed of light. And always going forward. When it comes to predicting the future of self-regulation, we are already seeing how collaborative service delivery models and shared scopes of practice will demand new thinking and new approaches. This was something highlighted at a recent Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR) conference I attended earlier this month.  The conference caters to regulators of all types around the world and there were many attendees from Canada, the UK and the USA. One of the conference’s keynote speakers, Steven Lewis, is a prominent Canadian health systems policy guru.  Steven challenged us all to think about the future of self-regulation and how that evolution will impact service delivery. He was particularly provocative in speaking about the changes in health service delivery […]

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 […]
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    Unauthorized practice: Public awareness may be one of our best defenses

Unauthorized practice: Public awareness may be one of our best defenses

Recent media attention about an unlicensed dentist practicing illegally in the Lower Mainland has shed light on one of the challenging aspects of self-regulation: taking action against unauthorized practitioners and ensuring they do no harm. Although relatively rare, nursing is not immune to such situations. Like all health regulators, we take these situations very seriously. CRNBC investigates and takes swift action against individuals impersonating nurses. To help combat unauthorized practice, we encourage employers, nurses and the public to always use our online nurse verification tool or call the College to ensure the nurses they employ, work with or from whom they receive care are registered and in good standing. This is an important and easy step to take. Nevertheless, we recognize that this is not always enough to prevent unauthorized practice. So, on September 16, 23 colleges that regulate health care professionals in BC will be launching a public awareness campaign called […]