Understanding the organizations that support nursing

The Association of Registered Nurses of BC (ARNBC) posted an open letter to nurses May 1, 2015 about a lawsuit filed by the British Columbia Nurses Union (BCNU). I feel it would be helpful to provide a short history of the association, regulator and labour union in B.C. It is correct, BCNU is suing me, the College, the Association, and its president over the transfer of funds from the College to the Association. The nursing profession’s history in this province provides context for the current situation, and also allows us to differentiate and value each organization’s role. Today, in 2015, as it should be, the regulatory, labour and association functions for nurses in B.C. are separate. Both the union (in 1981) and the association (in 2013) received funding to help them on their way. Three organizations, three distinct roles, […]

What is the value of the College?

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. […]

Why should you trust the College?

What community policing can teach us about building trust “Trust is the glue of life,” writes Stephen Covey. “It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.” For organizations like CRNBC that work in the public interest, trust is everything. The importance of trust is no more evident than when it is questioned, compromised, or worse yet, broken. This became increasingly clear to me in the news headlines of this past year—particularly for organizations privileged with special authority. Not all of that coverage fostered trust. The fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri made news around the world. In New York, we heard the news of an unarmed black man who died after an officer reportedly used excessive force. Closer to home, the Law Society of Upper Canada recently took action after a Toronto […]

International licensure: Bold idea or common sense?

Voltaire once wrote that common sense isn’t so common. Indeed, sometimes bold ideas—the unconventional ones that pose the greatest challenges—also make the most sense. In October, I attended the first ever International Nurse Regulator Collaborative (INRC) Symposium. Made up of nurse regulators from Australia, Canada (British Columbia and Ontario), Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, United Kingdom and United States, the INRC works together to share knowledge and ultimately, to become better and more effective in our work. The symposium is just one of our efforts to increase connections and opportunities for collaboration across the globe. October’s conference focused on how models of public protection and regulation have evolved in recent years. It offered a great opportunity to explore common approaches to the regulation of nurses and nursing practice. Following one of the symposium sessions, participants were asked to share one or two “bold ideas” for doing things differently […]

Every Child Needs a Champion

Hilary Rodham Clinton declared that “every child needs a champion.” And so often, that champion is a caring, astute and committed health care professional, like a nurse. Nurses have a unique and important role in our health system when connecting with families in crisis. Being aware of your legal obligations and the important role you play in the lives of children is a profoundly important professional responsibility. In June of this year, the Ministry of Children and Family Development updated legislation to require the reporting of domestic violence when witnessed by children. The ministry updated its handbook Responding to Child Welfare Concerns: Your Role in Knowing When and What to Report. Familiarizing yourself with the handbook is important, but equally so is knowing what the changes mean to your practice. If you have reason to believe a child is (or is likely to be at risk […]