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 you as this work evolves. You can look forward to reading our blog to learn more about:

  • The process established for the development of a new computer adaptive, on-line nursing exam (to be introduced in 2015)
    The introduction of our regulatory philosophy and the concepts of:

    • Just Culture
    • Right-touch Regulation
    • Collaborative Self-regulation
    • Principle-based Approach
    • Continuing Professional Development
  • Our commitment to relational regulation and all that means — from the language we use when we communicate with you to the customer service we strive to deliver
    Building on our relationship with the Association of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (ARNBC) and the BC Nurses’ Union
  • The introduction of newly revised Professional Standards in the Fall 2012
  • A Quality Assurance Program to support your professional needs
  • A new standard to support employed student nurses and those who work with them and provide regulatory supervision

I hope you will follow us on Twitter (@crnbc). We tweet information of interest to nurses and nursing organizations around the province, country and world. Over the summer, we will activate our Facebook page. We will make an announcement when that’s up and running. You can sign up any time for RSS feeds by going to the CRNBC website. This feed will notify you whenever something is posted to our Announcements page. It’s a great way to receive new information as it happens. We are also planning to develop apps (for iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, Androids devices, etc.) that will help you keep abreast of changes like updates to the Decision Support Tools for RNs with Certified Practice.

As you can tell, there’s a lot going on. There’s also a lot going on ‘behind the scenes’ in order to make sure that our systems and processes are in place to ensure outstanding delivery to you, the nurses of British Columbia. We’re in this together! We value the link you provide to the clients, patients and families who rely on us to make sure that nurses are delivering safe and appropriate care.

Let me know what you think of this first blog. I’d love to hear your comments, and I’d like to know what questions you would like addressed in my monthly blog to you. I would also appreciate your feedback on our use of social media to keep you connected to the College and informed about our efforts. What do you think? Is social media a good way for you to stay connected to the College and for the College to stay connected to you?

On behalf of us all here at the College, thank you for your amazing commitment to the patients and families of British Columbia. It is an honour and a privilege to work with and for you at the College.