There are 26 regulated health professions in British Columbia. Can you name them all?

If not, you’re not alone. Many people are surprised to hear that over 100,000 health professionals are regulated in our province. The Colleges responsible for regulating these diverse health professionals play a critical role in protecting the public and ensuring safe, competent care.

It’s important that we build awareness about regulated professionals amongst British Columbians so they can choose their health providers carefully, and know that help is available if standards aren’t met. This can be important for Canada’s new immigrant community, who, in some cases, may not have had experience with professions that are regulated in their countries of origin.

That’s why I’m excited about the BC Health Regulators’ new public awareness campaign, “Saying you are one doesn’t make you one.” Using humour, the video campaign features children pretending to be health professionals with disastrous results and highlights the importance of receiving care from licensed professionals. As one of the member colleges of BC Health Regulators, CRNBC is a participant in the campaign – take a look at the registered nurse video below:

2015 awareness campaign from BC Health Regulators on Vimeo.

Just like the children in the videos, individuals who are practicing without a license are playing pretend – and their actions have very real consequences for those in their care. As a regulator, CRNBC is here to protect British Columbians by ensuring they receive the safe, ethical and professional care they are entitled to. This campaign is the first step in arming the public with the information they need to feel empowered to ask questions, have expectations about the care they receive and know what to do if those expectations aren’t met.

For more information about the “Saying you are one doesn’t make you one” campaign and to view the rest of the videos, visit www.bchealthregulators.ca.