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Thank You for Sharing your Voice in 2013

A huge thank you to all of the bloggers and commenters who shared your opinions, thoughts, frustrations, enthusiasm, and in some cases, anger, during the course of 2013.  We’ve heard from so many nurses across B.C., telling us how much you appreciate and value this blog, and the unique opportunity it gives to engage in […]

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Nursing Leaders Address the Need for Major Change in Health Policy, by Rob Calnan RN

On December 17, 2013, a small group of nurse leaders met in Vancouver to discuss the future of nursing in British Columbia, the challenges the profession is facing, and the need to have a stronger voice that represents the interests of the community of nursing. Much of the discussion during this meeting centred on the […]

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Flu Shots, Still the Healthy Choice, by Julie Fraser RN

Earlier today, ARNBC participated in the Ministry of Health’s launch of the Annual Provincial Flu Campaign and hope this event will remind all British Columbians to get an annual flu shot.  It’s certainly a great reminder to health professionals that we too need to protect ourselves from influenza. On October 24, 2013, an arbitrator dismissed […]

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Nursing Stereotypes: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, by Lori Campbell RN

There has been a lot of discussion about the image of nursing in the media lately – why all the buzz?  Well, on Thursday, October 24, MTV aired its new reality show Scrubbing In, which follows a group of 20-something travel nurses in Southern California. Based on the trailer, in which these nurses are shown […]

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Nurse Practitioners: Essential Health Care Professionals, by Carrie Murphy NP

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recently released a report entitled What’s Really Behind Canada’s Unemployed Specialists.  A subsequent Vancouver Sun article noted that the report doesn’t address whether there are too many specialists for the Canadian health care system, but does identify a number of possible reasons why newly certified specialists […]

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After the Error: How the Nursing Profession is Saving Lives, by Robin Wyndham and Susan McIver

Three years ago I began working with Susan McIver on a book about Canadians who had endured personal tragedy as a result of medical errors. After the Error: Speaking Out About Patient Safety to Save Lives (April 2013, ECW Press, Toronto) tells the stories of these patients and their efforts to prevent similar suffering of […]

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Nurses Are an Essential Resource When Making Staff Mix Decisions, by Paddy Rodney RN

During last June’s Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) Annual General Meeting in Vancouver, all 38 delegates from B.C. proudly put forth and supported an ARNBC Resolution to Promote the Dissemination and Uptake of the Staff Mix: Decision Making Framework for Quality Nursing Care (please see the full Resolution at the bottom of this post).  This Resolution […]

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Reflections on the Canadian Nurses Association 2013 Annual General Meeting, by Julie Fraser RN

As the days drew closer to the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) Annual General Meeting in Ottawa, the anticipation was palpable.  The annual meeting is a signature event where Registered Nurse representatives from across the country come together to discuss and make important decisions on historic policy and advocacy issues for Canadian Nursing. The B.C. delegation […]

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National Nursing Week 2013 – Nursing: A Leading Force for Change

ARNBC is pleased to extend our warmest greetings to all nurses in B.C. and across the country as we celebrate the achievements of our profession during National Nursing Week 2013.  This year’s theme, Nursing: A Leading Force for Change, reminds us that when nurses work together to provide innovative solutions, we can dramatically improve the […]

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Nurses Speak Up for Health: Election Tools for B.C. Nurses

After what seems like months of anticipation, B.C.’s Lieutenant Governor, Judith Guichon, has called for a provincial election to be held on May 14, 2013.  From today on, British Columbians will be inundated with TV ads, opportunities to attend candidate events, front-yard campaign signage and canvassers and candidates knocking on doors. Nursing is one of […]

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