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    Is time travel possible? If so, what will self-regulation look like in the future?

Is time travel possible? If so, what will self-regulation look like in the future?

Is time travel possible?  The simple answer is yes. The more complex answer is it requires travelling close to the speed of light. And always going forward. When it comes to predicting the future of self-regulation, we are already seeing how collaborative service delivery models and shared scopes of practice will demand new thinking and new approaches. This was something highlighted at a recent Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR) conference I attended earlier this month.  The conference caters to regulators of all types around the world and there were many attendees from Canada, the UK and the USA. One of the conference’s keynote speakers, Steven Lewis, is a prominent Canadian health systems policy guru.  Steven challenged us all to think about the future of self-regulation and how that evolution will impact service delivery. He was particularly provocative in speaking about the changes in health service delivery […]

The Road of Collaboration

Collaboration is a challenging word – many people think it means cooperation or consultation. But really, it is about people and organizations working together to achieve shared goals–goals that require genuine partnership and hard work. I am proud of the strong collaborative relationships we’ve built with the Association of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (ARNBC), the British Columbia Nurses Union (BCNU) and BC Health Regulators across the province. Together we’ve made excellent progress. Earlier this year, the College, ARNBC and BCNU met jointly with the Minister of Health about the need for a provincial nursing plan. Together with BCNU the College successfully launched the Early Intervention Program (Health). Working closely with ARNBC, we are carefully considering what services are a good fit with their strengths and purpose.  Through this collaboration, the College can begin to transfer some services better suited to a professional association.  Most […]
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    Unauthorized practice: Public awareness may be one of our best defenses

Unauthorized practice: Public awareness may be one of our best defenses

Recent media attention about an unlicensed dentist practicing illegally in the Lower Mainland has shed light on one of the challenging aspects of self-regulation: taking action against unauthorized practitioners and ensuring they do no harm. Although relatively rare, nursing is not immune to such situations. Like all health regulators, we take these situations very seriously. CRNBC investigates and takes swift action against individuals impersonating nurses. To help combat unauthorized practice, we encourage employers, nurses and the public to always use our online nurse verification tool or call the College to ensure the nurses they employ, work with or from whom they receive care are registered and in good standing. This is an important and easy step to take. Nevertheless, we recognize that this is not always enough to prevent unauthorized practice. So, on September 16, 23 colleges that regulate health care professionals in BC will be launching a public awareness campaign called […]

Becoming a relational regulator

I recently came across a proverb that reads, “The man who moved a mountain was the one who began carrying away small stones.” It reminded me that change often happens in increments, and what might feel like a small effort or contribution can have a huge impact as time passes. The College’s legislative mandate is to regulate the profession of nursing. As a regulator, we are charged with protecting the public. In fulfilling that mandate, we think how we do our work really defines our culture, and in turn supports the role we play within the health care system. We are working hard to shift our culture to a more relational style. This leads to collaborative relationships, conversations with nurses and communicating in plain and accessible words. It means using the right amount of regulatory force and using it only when needed. And ultimately, it calls us to be a proactive […]

Collaboration: From Principle to Practice

Collaboration is one of the guiding principles in our approach to regulating in the public interest. When I hear others talk about being collaborative, I always think of a bunch of jigsaw puzzle pieces popping into place to depict a picture of success — each piece contributing to the end result. Here are a few examples of the touch points the College has with its many partners and stakeholders. I am thrilled that our organization is connecting and collaborating with so many leaders in nursing, regulation and health care. With every relationship and collaborative effort, we benefit from the experience and wisdom of our nursing colleagues. Together, we are creating the picture of success. The College is working with leaders from ARNBC, BCNU and other nursing organizations to identify and collaborate on issues of joint interest and concern, such as nursing policy and practice questions. [title size=”2 to […]