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Announcing our new Office Space
ARNBC is pleased to announce that as of December 1, we have moved into a new office space in Vancouver which will include offices and meeting rooms, and will provide B.C. R.N.s with better access to ARNBC staff and services.  This month we’re putting the finishing touches on the office, getting the systems up and running, and hiring additional staff to take on administrative duties, but we’ll be starting regular office hours in early January. All B.C. Nurses are welcome to drop by and check out the new space beginning in mid-January, or stay tuned for details about our upcoming “Open House” in early February.

100- 1450 Creekside Dr.
Vancouver, B.C. Canada
V6J 5B3

Our phone and email will remain the same
Phone: 604.737.1304
Media Phone: 604.730.7402
Email: admin@arnbc.ca

Strategic Planning 2013/2014
At ARNBC’s yearly strategic planning meeting, we identified three goals which we will focus our attention on over the next year:

Structure - Establish an efficient, effective, sustainable organizational structure for ARNBC.

Practice – Develop, implement and provide professional practice supports to B.C. R.N.s and NPs.

Policy - Develop a responsive and proactive policy vehicle in order to improve health and healthcare in B.C.

The Association is working closely with CRNBC to identify programs and services that will be transferred to ARNBC, while at the same time, determining which services the Association will launch as part of our mandate to provide professional supports to nurses. Stay tuned for more details as we roll out new services in 2014.

Connecting Through our Network Leads
The Network Leads Program continues to grow as new people join and participate actively in monthly webinars. The opportunity to be a Network Lead is open to nurses in all roles, including students, and from every region in the province. The Program supports networking around professional nursing practice and policy in the many different settings and communities that BC nurses live, learn, work, and volunteer in.  Click here to find the network that’s right for you, or volunteer to be a Network Lead by sending an email to admin@arnbc.ca.

Over the fall, several keen student groups around the province completed projects linked to the goals of the Network Leads Program which will be added as resources to our Student Engagement page. All have volunteered to continue serving as student Network Leads, and to help develop creative and sustainable connections between B.C.’s schools of nursing and the ARNBC. If you’re a nursing student or recent graduate who’s interested in being an ambassador for your school, let us know at admin@arnbc.ca.

ARNBC Connects with Nurses
ARNBC continues to travel the province, meeting with nurses in their places of work, schools of nursing, events and conferences.  We will be expanding our outreach in the next weeks and months, so if your community of practice, unit, institution, specialty group or conference is interested in hearing about our work, we would love to add you to our list! Contact admin@arnbc.ca for opportunities.

ARNBC on the Net
If you haven’t ‘liked’ our Facebook page yet, now is the time! Facebook is one of the best places to immediately get ARNBC news, view pictures or hear about interesting nursing or B.C. related articles and events.  Our website is also a great source of information and a place to join in the discussion on current policy or social issues on our blog. We encourage all R.N.s to submit blog posts on matters of health and public policy that are relevant to nurses in British Columbia. The guidelines for blog submission are outlined on the website. Recent blogs include After the Error: How the Nursing Profession is Saving Lives, Nurse Practitioners: Essential Health Care Professionals, Nursing Stereotypes: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, and Flu Shots- Still the Healthy Choice.

Issue of the Day: Staff Mix
Staff mix is a hot topic for all R.N.s in B.C. and ARNBC is continuously evaluating what we are hearing from nurses, government and health authorities, in order to get a clear and informed picture of where this issue is heading.  We have prioritized this issue as a policy focus for 2014 and we are in the process of planning a series of related strategic actions and activities. Meanwhile in June 2013, ARNBC published an Issue Statement on Staff Mix Decision Making and Nursing Practice which reflects  a national document Staff Mix: Decision Making Framework for Quality Nursing Care and we encourage all R.N.s to review these documents and consider the  application to their own practice. 

Collaborating with Government
ARNBC president, Julie Fraser, was invited by Health Minister Terry Lake and Provincial Health Officer Perry Kendall, to attend the news conference launching this year’s provincial flu campaign.  Check out our blog for pictures, video and the press release from this important event. We were pleased to meet with senior members of the Health Human Resource Division of the Ministry of Health in November, to introduce ourselves and discuss how ARNBC can and will collaborate and advise government on key policy issues in the future. 

Canadian Nurses Association
ARNBC Board member Christine Davidson participated in CNA’s Annual Lobbying Day in November when CNA representatives met with over 40 parliamentarians and senators on Parliament Hill.  CNA advocated for harm reduction by demanding a withdrawal of Bill C-2. CNA also recommended that the federal government launch a collaborative aging and seniors care commission of Canada (ASCCC).

CNA is now preparing for its upcoming R.N. Public Awareness Campaign to break through stereotypes and tell the real story of registered nurses. 

The CNA will hold a Special Meeting on January 29, 2014 to vote on governance motions necessary to complete preparations for Bylaw changes to be brought to the members at the 2014 AGM in June. We will be holding briefing sessions in January for our 38 voting delegates.

CNA Recognition Opportunities: Memorial Book and Awards
The CNA Memorial Book was established in 1988 to honour deceased nursing leaders. Please contact admin@arnbc.ca for nomination forms and information about submitting B.C. nominations through ARNBC. Our deadline to receive nominations is January 9, 2014.

CNA is also calling for nominations for the Jeanne Mance Award and the Order of Merit Award. The deadline for both awards is January 15, 2014.

On behalf of the Board and Staff of ARNBC, we would like to thank all B.C. nurses who have volunteered their time, shared their stories and welcomed us to their events. Whether individually, in the community, through our network and specialty leads groups, on school campuses or hospital meeting rooms, you have provided us with a wealth of information and direction that will clearly guide us as we collaborate with you to build a professional association that all R.N.s in the province can be proud of. Thank you for a great 2013 and see you in the New Year!