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 fact, you may have noticed that the overall cost has gone down thanks to a change in taxation rates (HST to GST).  This is not because our work and efforts haven’t shifted much; in fact we have changed immensely in the last 4 years. (To learn more check out how fees are spent in our annual report on page 17.)

What is different is how we are doing our work. For example, we are eliminating costs from large paper-based mailings through better use of technology.  We are also looking for opportunities to share costs with other regulators, as we did in our public awareness campaign we launched in partnership with our health profession regulator colleagues this past fall (www.bchealthregulators.ca).  We are working towards cost sharing arrangements with other Colleges for services like information technology systems. We see the value in sharing with other organizations doing the same or similar work. We believe that this not only improves what we can offer nurses and the public, but helps ensure we spend our resources as wisely as possible.

As I reflect on my own goals for this coming year as well as CRNBC’s, I know that at times it may feel like we signed up for a marathon, but the rewards of completing the race are what keep us motivated and focussed. All the very best to you for a happy and healthy 2014.