ARNBC Looks Forward to 2015
Earlier this fall ARNBC completed its Strategic Planning and set goals for the next three years. Our commitment to B.C. nurses is to:
Under the direction of our Executive Director, ARNBC's three-year workplan highlights activities, services and programs that will help us meet our strategic goals. In 2015 as we host a series of Town Halls in communities across British Columbia – and we look forward to meeting as many of you as possible as we travel to small towns and urban centres. Keep an eye on our website for up-to-date information! We will also be hosting a number of innovative and interactive activities such as Tweetchats and webinars, which will provide nurses with opportunities to learn and/or teach. Additional programs and services will be announced in the coming days and weeks – we look forward to hearing your input and ideas.
- Engage effectively with RNs and NPs in B.C.
- Advocate for evidence informed policies to promote the health and healthcare of British Columbians.
- Develop and sustain professional practice support structures and services for all RNs and NPs in B.C.
MOU Signed with CNA
On November 27th, 2014 the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and ARNBC signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding, which establishes ARNBC as the B.C. jurisdictional member of CNA. The agreement enables ARNBC to identify a B.C. registered nurse or nurse practitioner to participate at the CNA board and appoint 15 registered nurses or nurse practitioners to be voting delegates at the CNA Annual General Meeting. Beginning in 2015, ARNBC will also be responsible for submitting membership fees to CNA on behalf of B.C. registered nurses and nurse practitioners, a responsibility previously held by CRNBC. This will ensure all RNs and NPs in the province continue to have access to the programs and services that CNA offers - including the Canadian Nurse magazine.
ARNBC on the Road
Whether through regular speaking engagements, teaching at nursing schools or attending conferences, ARNBC continues to support networks, events and groups across British Columbia. We were proud participants in the BC Nurse Practitioner Association's Town Hall in November where we explored key priorities for partnership and joint advocacy. We have launched an educational Issues Module, which is a half or full day workshop to teach concepts about issues management and advocacy. We have worked closely with the nursing program and nursing students from Kwantlen University to pilot and refine the program, with the goal of delivering the workshop to other educational institutions in 2015. We have continued to speak with groups of nurses across B.C. with several visits to the Interior, the Island and various locations in the Lower Mainland. Look for us in the north early in the New Year!
Beginning in 2015, CRNBC will collect fees for ARNBC and will continue to collect fees for CNA. This funding will enable us to provide programs and services which will support your professional practice and strengthen advocacy efforts that will improve the health of British Columbians. After consultation with many nurses, we have ensured that this will not cause an increase in 2015 registration fees. All RNs and NPs in British Columbia will have access to ARNBC programs and services. On the 2015 CRNBC registration form you will have the opportunity to indicate if you want to receive communications from ARNBC. Checking this box will ensure you continue to receive updates from the Association and remain eligible to participate in voting and running for board positions. We are also pleased to offer services and programs for students, retired, and non-practicing nurses. For more information about details related to membership please visit our membership web page.
National and International Nursing
ARNBC was pleased to send three registered nurses and one nursing student to participate in Canadian Nurses Association annual lobby day on parliament hill. The focus of this year's CNA advocacy efforts were on the establishment of national home care standards. Visit our blog to read more about these nurses' experience. The ARNBC NECBC student mentorship program sponsored four students to attend CNA over the course of the past year. This program has been selected as a concurrent presentation at the next International Nurses Council conference. Nursing students who are interested in participating in this program should watch for further opportunities in 2015.
ARNBC is committed to working with health authorities and provincial leadership about this important issue and will continue to use our resources and extensive networks to provide nurses with current information, best practices and materials that will help them understand the virus and how to protect themselves and the public. ARNBC has joined the other health professional organizations in the province and participated in the weekly ministry updates on EBOLA preparedness. Please visit www.arnbc.ca/news/ebola-awareness/ to view links to fact sheets, background information, best practices, and trends about managing Ebola.
CNA Resolutions Move Forward – A Focus on Aboriginal Health
Season's Greetings from ARNBC!
The resolutions brought forward by B.C. nurses at the June 2014 CNA AGM have been endorsed by the CNA board and will be part of CNA's national advocacy work. These resolutions were: 1) Equitable access to health care for First Nations children, 2) Death and health records of children in residential schools, 3) Addressing Racism and Discrimination to improve health equity for Aboriginal peoples, and 4) Aboriginal content in nursing curriculums and board exams. Aboriginal health continues to be a high priority policy area for ARNBC. Please visit our policy website for further details and updates about the advocacy work underway with B.C. Nurses.