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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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