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Together We Will Make 2018 a Year to Remember, by Tania Dick, RN, MN

I am always so thankful for the winter season.  This is a sacred time, full of tradition and protocol for my family and community. I have always enjoyed witnessing and participating in other traditions and protocols throughout the winter season, learning from and inspiring one another.   Although this is traditionally a time for family, holidays, and self – as nurses we often have to spend a lot of time away from our families during the season. So first of all, a big shout out to all health care staff, especially nurses, who will be away from their loved ones during the holiday season. I personally will have my family close by, but will be spending my holiday time at the bedside working, caring for and healing community members and their families. At the same time, I consider this a ‘down time’ and am planning and looking forward to the new year approaching and the busy days ahead.

As I write this, I am reflecting on how far the profession and association have come since we began the ARNBC journey in 2010, and how exciting the road ahead appears as we take additional steps to advance the profession in British Columbia. For the first time in many years, B.C. nurses are leading change that will resonate throughout Canada and give us opportunity to share our pride in the knowledge, talent and skills of the nurses who have had such a significant impact on building our province. We have laid a strong foundation through which future generations of nurses can look back and be proud of our struggles, our successes and how we managed both. I look forward to the challenges and the victories ahead with great excitement for what the profession can continue to become as we move ahead in the spirit of equity, collaboration and unity.

It is time for B.C. nurses to really consider what it means to be one nursing family, and how we might lift up every single nurse in the province, of every single designation, in a way that is meaningful and empowering. It is because of where we are in our history as a province and a profession that ARNBC has begun working towards building one strong nursing association for the province, in partnership with our colleagues who are LPNs and RPNs. I take great pride in watching all nursing designations in B.C. initiate the Truth and Reconciliation Recommendations and ensure that there is going to always be space and voice for the Indigenous nurse at all times.

I was truly honoured and inspired to represent the B.C. nursing family in Ottawa in November at my first Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) Board Meeting. This was a powerful moment that had all provinces and territories sitting in one room. I was both proud and moved to have Ontario and Quebec at the table. This was a pivotal meeting for us, and for the entire nursing family, as we grappled with the question of introducing new bylaws this spring that will allow CNA to embrace our licensed practical nurse and registered psychiatric nurse colleagues at the national level. I was proud that B.C. was helping to lead the campaign towards a more inclusive national body, and inspired at the words and thoughts of our colleagues from across the country, who voted unanimously that ‘now is the time’. Most Canadian provinces are watching B.C. closely – all of us are considering how to be more inclusive of the entire nursing family, but B.C. is on the forefront of this movement, and we are committed to moving forward in the best way possible.

Consultations on what this new organization will look like are taking place now. I hope to hear from as many of you as possible throughout this process, because it is your ideas and expertise that will result in the best possible path forward. Since 2013 we have been a proud and active member of the BC Coalition of Nursing Associations (BCCNA) and that group has already done so much to ensure that any proposed association will meet the needs of the whole of nursing while continuing to support the unique needs of individual nursing designations. While some of the conversations have been challenging, we believe we are now at a place to introduce a proposed governance structure that will respect and embrace the diversity and strengths of the nursing profession and the individual nursing designations, while honouring the principles of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and ensuring the patient voice remains at the centre of all we do.

Change is exciting but it can also be uncomfortable. I encourage all of you to reflect on what the future holds for us and to bring forward your thoughts and feedback at the consultations which are starting now and will continue well into the New Year. I am excited to hear from nurses across the province and look forward to working with the nurse regulators, the unions and other stakeholders, to see how we can collaborate to advance the profession and our relationship with patients.

I am extremely proud of the work that we are doing as an Association and as a member of the BCCNA. I urge every single nurse in the province to get involved. Be part of the conversation. You have the opportunity to help build a future for nursing that is unlike anything we have seen before in this province. I can’t wait to work with you as we embark on this incredible journey together. There is nothing more important to me than an empowered nurse with voice.

I send the warmest greeting to all nurses and nurse practitioners during this holiday season.



Tania Dick hails from the Dzawada’enuxw First Nations of Kingcome Inlet and has been a Registered Nurse in British Columbia for 12 years. Her entire career has been spent in rural and remote nursing, specializing in Emergency and Aboriginal health. She attained her Master of Nursing degree in the Nurse Practitioner program at UBC in 2010. She currently works full time as a general duty nurse in her Father’s rural village of Alert Bay, BC.  Tania became president of ARNBC in June 2017 and has been on the ARNBC Board since 2012.


President’s Update: Consultations Wind Up, by Susan Duncan RN PhD

Between February and May of this year, the ARNBC travelled around British Columbia and met with registered nurses in small towns, community health centres, urban areas and hospitals.  The resulting focus groups and conversations provided the Association with a wealth of information about the challenges nurses face, the pride they have in their profession and the belief we all share in the need for a strong policy voice for nursing in British Columbia.

The consultations revealed how B.C. nurses are feeling about their practice, their profession and the health care system.  In all sessions, nurses shared insights in honest and respectful conversations that point to concerns about directions in the profession and the health system along with hope that the voice of the profession can make a difference to their experience of nursing and the health and safety of the public they serve.

ARNBC is proud to share the outcomes of these consultations in the report now posted on our website ARNBC 2012 Consultations Report(  The consultations showed us what matters to nurses and gave us clear understanding of how to move forward.  As a result, the elected Board of the ARNBC has defined the following three strategic directions as our focus for this year:

  1. Build an effective and affordable professional nursing association;
  2. Develop strong influential  partnerships with government, nursing and professional organizations – provincially, nationally and internationally; and,
  3. Continue to engage nurses’ active participation in professional issues.

The formal consultations may be over for now, but we know that the best conversation and the best sharing happens when nurses sit down and talk face-to-face.  Our newly formed engagement committee will soon be launching a plan for connecting nurses and facilitating local and regional networks. We encourage RNs to continue to share their thoughts on the future of BC nursing by posting comments on this blog, joining our Facebook or Twitter conversations, emailing us at or coming to one of our events.

Many thanks to all nurses who have contributed to the ongoing dialogue about the future of the Association.  Your voice really is our strength.


Dr. Susan Duncan is a faculty member at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. She has over 30 years of experience in nursing practice, education and leadership roles. Susan has represented nursing on regional health and hospital boards and completed a term on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing in 2011.

Consultations Gain Momentum Across B.C.

We have just finished our fifth week of consultations, and have been inspired to meet with nurses across B.C.  By the time we wrap up these consultations, we will have met with nurses from every specialty in every part of the province.

One thing we have heard from nurses over and over is how much they value having an opportunity to get together and talk about the future of the nursing profession.  We are honoured and privileged to be able to help provide opportunities for nurses to do just that!

We have heard a vast range of ideas and recommendations about how nurses want the Association to develop in the coming months and years.  We have learned:

  • Most nurses believe an Association would provide a much-needed voice in advocating for the profession in policy discussions.
  • Most nurses feel that the ARNBC must work with the College and the Union to establish clear roles for each organization.
  • Most believe that the ARNBC needs to discuss the fee issue further with both the College and the CNA, to ensure the best approach is taken to supporting the Association with dollars that are already being paid by nurses.
  • Nurses across the province are facing very similar challenges: confusion around skill-mix and scope of practice; increased workload; job uncertainty for nurse practitioners; loss of specialty practice groups; lack of understanding amongst the public of the role of nursing, etc.

Please visit the Consultations Page( to review other comments and ideas that have been raised throughout this process, to view videos featuring board members, see a map and calendar for sessions near you, or review and download resource materials so you can hold your own consultation session.

One of the common questions we’ve heard has been “What can a provincial nursing association do for me?” Our response:

  1. Connect you with other registered nurses across BC
  2. Include your voice in influencing change on social and health issues
  3. Link you with national and international nursing and interprofessional      organizations
  4. Support your professional practice and advance the profession of nursing

Thank you to all of those who have participated in one of our sessions.  Your wisdom, knowledge and understanding of the nursing profession have been a pleasure to observe and share.  We look forward to meeting more of you in the next weeks and, ultimately, in pulling together all of your thoughts and ideas into the ‘marching orders’ for the new Association.  Your voices will result in a powerful, united Association advocating for the nursing profession in British Columbia.

Best wishes to all BC nurses who are working full-out to deliver exceptional and safe care to all British Columbians.  More than ever we recognize that nurses are the heart and soul of our healthcare system.

Barbara Findlay-Reece and Andrea Burton of Monkeytree Creative Inc. have been travelling the province on behalf of the ARNBC, and along with Board Members, have met with many nurses to discuss the future of the Association, the burning issues and challenges that nurses face and how to build a stronger policy voice for nurses.  By the end of April, ARNBC will have met in person, or by phone, with nurses in Castlegar, Duncan, Hazelton, Kamloops, Kelowna, Kitimat, Nelson, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Parksville, Penticton, Port Alberni, Port Hardy, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Revelstoke, Richmond, Salmon Arm, Surrey, Terrace, Vancouver, Victoria and White Rock.


Take Part in ARNBC’s Province-Wide Consultations, by Barb Reece RN

Beginning the week of February 19th, 2012, ARNBC will set out to consult with as many nurses as possible across the province.  This is your opportunity to join a face-to-face meeting in your area, participate in a videoconference, or send your ideas and thoughts to our dedicated consultations website.  Now is the time for RNs across B.C. to come together and share your ideas of what you’d like the ARNBC to do and be.  How can we help you?  Your voice is our strength! 

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