Announcing ARNBC’s Provincial Election Campaign
This spring, British Columbians will once again head to the polls to elect a new set of representatives to form government. ARNBC is pleased to launch a new “Election Page” on our website which will provide tools and suggestions for nurses who are interested in getting involved or talking to candidates throughout the campaign. The page will include some key messages on the issues we believe have significant impact on health care, ideas for how to attend events or engage candidates in conversation, a calendar of upcoming events, a list of candidates (and their contact information), and even opportunities to share your experiences throughout the campaign. Keep your eyes on www.arnbc.ca for the launch in late March!
B.C. Network of Nursing Specialty Groups
Representatives of provincial and national nursing specialties met on February 20 for the second meeting of our developing network. Jocelyn Reimer-Kent, who sits on the CNA Board as one of two representatives of national specialties, led a stimulating discussion about the CNA and the role of specialties in Canada. Participants shared information about their groups’ events and activities and discussed ideas for profiling the B.C. groups through the ARNBC website and social media channels. Meeting notes are posted on the BC Network of Nursing Specialty Groups.
Nursing: A Leading Force for Change is this year’s theme for National Nursing Week taking place from May 6-12 across Canada. Posters are available for a small fee from the CNA Website. We would love to hear what you are planning in your workplaces, nursing schools and communities.Visit us on Twitter,Facebook or LinkedIn to get the word out and share your plans with others around the province.
Save the Date – ARNBC AGM in June
Our AGM will be held on the evening of June 26 at the Paetzold Auditorium, Vancouver General Hospital and will be open to all B.C. registered nurses via webcasting. Registration details and information on the Board nomination and election process will be available in the coming months.
Last month, members of our Board were delighted to hold a joint meeting with executive members of the Licensed Practical Nurses Association of B.C. and the B.C. Nurse Practitioner Association and to commit to working together as provincial nursing associations. As a first collaborative initiative, we issued a media release on March 11, Nursing Associations Recommend Changes to Primary Care.
ARNBC continues to have positive meetings with BCNU and CRNBC on a regular basis to discuss common issues and future plans.
We were proud to have two Board Members, Susan Duncan and Julie Fraser, attend the recent Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Celebrations in Ottawa, in support of our B.C. recipients.The event was held in conjunction with the CNA board meeting, and was an enormous success. Congratulations again to our B.C. medal recipients!
ARNBC continues to seek short opinion pieces on key policy areas for inclusion in our blog (www.arnbc.ca/blog). Many of our blogs have been well-received within the nursing community and touch on a wide range of issues –from vaccinations for healthcare workers, to a nursing response to the Sandy Hook shooting, to the battle for Vancouver’s legal supervised injection site. Have a look at our blog submission guidelines,and email us if you have thoughts on something you would like to write about! All contributions are welcome.
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