There was a time when most of us might have believed valuable nuggets of knowledge primarily come from the insights of a few great minds. Galileo’s telescope, Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity and in our profession, Florence Nightingale’s efforts to modernize nursing care.

While brilliant individuals will continue to make their mark, the modern digital world has also ushered in new levels of collaboration and input. More and more, we are tapping into “the wisdom of crowds.”

Each year, CRNBC looks for both “high-tech and high-touch” ways to tap into the wisdom of nurses and our stakeholders. For example:

  • Our improved online registration and renewal application is the result of interactive user testing and interviews with B.C. nurses. Our efforts paid off. On average, nurses rated their renewal experience as 9 out of 10, due in part to nurses’ input.
  • More recently, we conducted a survey and series of focus groups to gather feedback from nurses about our multisource feedback program. What we learned was invaluable. Changes and improvements will be made as a direct result of nurses’ input.
  • Sometimes tapping into “the wisdom of crowds” is simply being ready and willing to listen to the needs of the broader community. This was the case when the nursing community asked if CRNBC could help tackle the troubling reality that a considerable number of people continue to die of opioid drug overdoses in B.C. As a result of feedback, CRNBC changed the RN scope of practice to enable nurse to dispense naloxone autonomously—the drug that can reverse the effects of an overdose from opioids.

The truth is, strong effective nursing regulation needs your input. That’s why this year CRNBC’s brief 60-second video invites nurses to join over 10,000 of their peers who have checked the box to stay connected, share their opinion and be involved.


Check the box! from CRNBC on Vimeo.

When you renew or update your communication preferences, check the box that says: “Ask me for my opinion and feedback on nursing regulatory issues and initiatives, e.g., Surveys, focus groups, pilot studies, consultations, committees or advisory panels etc.”

Throughout 2016 and beyond, look for invitations to participate in surveys, focus groups, user testing, and pilot studies—and perhaps some new and different ways to crowdsource great ideas.

And as always, we welcome your feedback.