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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. 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 quality of health care locally, provincially and nationally.

ARNBC has been working hard to raise the voice of nursing with government and partners in B.C. and across Canada.  We have met with the Minister of Health and other key government leaders, to share our ideas about how to strengthen primary care services in B.C., increase collaboration between health professions, and reform some of the tools we need and use on a regular basis such as best practice guidelines.  We look forward to continuing to bring the voice of B.C. nurses forward at policy tables and with stakeholders in the months and years to come.

To assist nurses in speaking up for health and health care during the provincial election campaign, ARNBC has compiled resources for nurses to use during the campaign. As part of this innovative online toolkit, we have developed Issues Notes on topics including Primary Care, Rural Health, Seniors’ Care and Mental Health with background information and sample questions to pose to candidates during All Candidates’ Meetings in your communities.

Collaborating for Change
As your professional association, ARNBC has been engaged in exciting initiatives during the past few months. We were pleased to collaborate with the BC Nurse Practitioner Association and the Licensed Practical Nurses Association of B.C. to propose significant changes to primary care through the development of an interprofessional council of health professions to oversee these needed changes.  Recently ARNBC, BCNU and CRNBC developed a joint statement on the need for a Provincial Nursing Plan. ARNBC is revitalizing a network of professional practice groups in the province and providing opportunities for local groups of nurses to connect through our new Network Leads Project.  We continue to work with the Canadian Nurses Association to strengthen the voice of nursing in Canada.

Annual General Meeting
On June 26, 2013, we will be holding our second Annual General Meeting at the Paetzold Auditorium at Vancouver General Hospital.  All B.C. registered nurses, as well as students and retired RNs, are welcome to attend.  And if you can’t be in Vancouver on June 26, rest assured that we will make sure you can participate via webcast.  We look forward to seeing many of you there.To register for the AGM, and to sign up to vote in the Board election, please visit our AGM page where you will find registration forms and a call for nominations for four Board positions.

Social Media
Our social media platforms continue to thrive.  We are always interested in hearing from nurses who have a passion and want to share their opinion on a current public policy or advocacy issue by writing a post for our blog.  Feel free to be in touch to tell us what you and your colleagues are doing for Nursing Week and how you’ve been involved in raising health issues during the provincial election campaign.

It is a busy time for the nursing profession in British Columbia, and we are proud to be raising our collective voice in support of important changes to our healthcare system.  We are continuously reminded of how insightful, knowledgeable and passionate nurses are about providing quality, patient-centred health care.  You do an amazing job, each and every day, and we are so proud to support you in all of your efforts as a leading force for change.

Happy Nursing Week 2013!