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.

  • Provides clear, well-communicated Nursing Standards and practice support to the profession
  • Offers important professional accountability
  • Provides advice and support for nurses grappling with Nursing Standards within complex work environments
  • Delivers helpful resources such as case studies, learning modules and newsletters
  • Gives nurses different ways to access services whether by phone, online or in-person
  • Strengthens the good reputation of nurses by supporting safe patient care

How do my CRNBC fees compare?
We also heard that nurses want to know more about how their fees are spent and how the amount compares with other jurisdictions and organizations.

Overall, total fees have remained stable over the past four years. CRNBC’s fees for RNs total $450.18. Of that amount, $351.36 stays with CRNBC and $98.82 goes to ARNBC (who provides $57.69 of that to the Canadian Nurses Association, who in turn provides a portion to the International Council of Nurses).

In comparison to other provinces, CRNBC’s fees are on the lower end of the spectrum:

 

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The obvious difference is Ontario where economies of scale can be truly realized given the large population of RNs and LPNs regulated by one organization, the College of Nurses of Ontario.

What is the value of a regulator, nursing union and professional association?
We also learned that there are things nurses value that the College is not able to provide, as it falls outside our purpose of regulating nurses in the public interest.  Some of the things nurses shared with us included advocacy and lobbying government, input on health policy at the provincial and federal level and advocating for changes in the workplace.

This brings to light the important and distinct role of each of the three nursing organizations—regulator, labour unions and professional associations.

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The regulatory college is responsible for regulating health professionals in the public interest under legislation. In B.C., it is the Health Professions Act. A professional association promotes and advocates for the professional interest of its members. A labour union protects and advances the health, social, and economic well-being of its members. Each organization plays an important role in the safe delivery of health care. When these three types of organisations work together, we can achieve even greater value as we build on each other’s strengths.