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  Welcome to those of you who have joined our email list in the past few months. In the past year, ARNBC has had numerous opportunities to meet and connect with nurses from across B.C. and we look forward to meeting many more at networking events in 2012. We ended 2011 on a high note when representatives from the Canadian Nursing Association (CNA) brought their cross-Canada tour to B.C. This momentum will continue in 2012 as we begin province-wide consultations in February, host our first Annual Meeting in May and participate in the CNA Biennial Convention in June. We look forward to seeing many of you at these events.


CNA Tour

The CNA cross-country tour visited BC in mid-December and not only fulfilled but exceeded our expectations for positive member and government engagement. The tour to Kamloops, Victoria and Vancouver included site visits to acute care and community settings, meetings with students and new grads, informal gatherings and social events as well as meetings with senior Ministry of Health representatives. The visit culminated with a fruitful meeting of CNA and ARNBC leaders with the Minister of Heath, the Honourable Michael de Jong.

Some of the results of meetings with government are a commitment on ARNBC’s part to be actively involved in informing the strategies for future Ministry public health campaigns. The Ministry expressed strong interest in maintaining contact with ARNBC to cooperate on relevant heath and nursing policy issues.


Goals for 2012

In setting our goals for the New Year, we are guided by these statements found in the ARNBC Constitution that remind us of our overall purpose and aims:
  1. To establish a professional organization for registered nurses within British Columbia;

  2. To provide a provincial voice and forum for registered nurses to contribute to advancing the health of British Columbians through participation in the development of health and social policy;

  3. To establish a professional organization that supports and advances the role of the nursing profession in providing accessible, efficient and effective health care that meets the highest standards;

  4. To collaborate with other professional nursing organizations provincially and nationally; and

  5. To foster inter and intra professional consultation and collaboration among registered nurses and other health care providers.

Consultation

To meet our 2012 Goals, in the next few weeks, the ARNBC Board, in conjunction with the communications team, will be heading out on the road, hoping to meet with as many nurses across B.C. as possible to seek out ideas, opinions and suggestions for the type of organization you would like the ARNBC to become over the next months and years. Keep an eye on our website to add your voice to the ongoing discussion or learn when we will be visiting a town near you.


CNA Annual Meeting and Biennial Convention

We will be active in promoting the CNA Annual Meeting and Biennial Convention (www.cna-aiic.ca/CNA/news/events/convention) in Vancouver from June 18 to 20. We will have a display booth at the Convention and look forward to strong participation from the B.C. nursing .


Blog

The ARNBC Blog (www.arnbc.ca/blog) is gaining followers and generating great discussion. We are grateful to all those who have contributed thoughtful articles based on their expertise and perspectives and remind all nurses that the blog provides an opportunity to share your viewpoint on any relevant nursing issue. Please contact us at admin@arnbc.ca if you are interested in writing a short blog article, or have ideas on topics you’d like us to address.


Contact Us

Please send your comments, suggestions and questions about this update or the ARNBC to admin@arnbc.ca or call us at 604-737-1304.