ARNBC Newsletter - October 2016   •   view as web page

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President's Editorial:
Breaking Down Barriers for Transgender British Columbians

Transgender British Columbians often struggle to access healthcare services that are caring and non-judgemental. Click here for Zak's reflections on how nursing can help shift towards better accessibility and understanding for all British Columbians.

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ARNBC New Board
ARNBC welcomed a number of new and returning faces to the Board table for our orientation meeting in September. Check out our webpage to learn more about the individuals who have taken a leadership role on the ARNBC Board of Directors. Welcome to new Board Members Julie Cinel, Damen DeLeenheer, Sherri Kensall, Mark Schultz and Marcia Carr (re-elected).

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Nursing Practice Advisory Council
Meet the members of ARNBC's new Nursing Practice Advisory Council (NPAC) which is comprised of direct care nurses from all over British Columbia. The NPAC's primary role is to guide the Board of Directors on policy issues that direct nursing care.

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Quinn Fowlie Scholarship - Time is running out
Don't forget to nominate a deserving young person for the Quinn Fowlie Scholarship! The scholarship is awarded yearly at the Nursing Awards of Excellence to a deserving young patient star who has benefited from the support and expert care provided by nurses throughout their young life. Read more...

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Webinars and Blogs
On October 5, 2016 ARNBC welcomed Danielle Cousineau who presented a Webinar entitled "Harm Reduction 101". The topic was so popular we had take a waiting list - so anticipate that we will be running this Webinar again. In the meantime, check out the archived version, watch for other webinars coming up in the next few months or use the form to suggest a future webinar topic. Read more...

If you're a writer or want to share an idea or express an opinion on a nursing policy issue, consider writing a guest post for the ARNBC blog. Whether you're practicing, a student or a retired nurse, we'd love to hear from you. Check it out and get inspired at

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Policy and Positions
There are many new articles, blogs and interviews posted in the policy area of our website. Whether your interest is the nursing perspective on refuge health, social determinants, team based care or many more - you can find information to read and opportunities to share your ideas and opinions. Read more...

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Fraser Health Recognizes Outstanding Nurses
Recently, Fraser Health celebrated three outstanding registered nurses who go above and beyond in their patient care and service during their 11th annual Above & Beyond Awards. Congratulations to Lifetime Achievement Award winner Brenda Poulton (NP) and Fraser Health Hero Award winners Misty Dawn Stephens, RN and Ruth Kerr, RN. Read more...

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Comox Valley Issues Workshop
ARNBC had the honour of meeting with 40 nurses, community members and other healthcare providers in the Comox Valley, to talk about seniors issues at an Issues Workshop led by ARNBC staff. If you are interested in booking an Issues Workshop for your group or class, click here to fill out the request form.

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Visioning Healthcare in 2026 Forum
On July 19th, the BC Coalition of Nursing Associations hosted a day-long forum grappling with questions around what healthcare will look like in 2026, and what nursing needs to do to adapt to the changes that are coming. RNs, NPs, RPNs and LPNs joined together with government, health authority representatives, students and patients for a day of discussion and learning.

Click here to view pictures from the day.
Click here to read the 'leading questions' that were discussed throughout the day.
Click here to read the Forum Summary Report.

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CNA Biennium/AGM
In June 2016, a delegation of nurses travelled to Saint John, New Brunswick to participate in the CNA Biennium Conference and AGM. ARNBC delegates brought forward resolutions, participated in debates on the floor, presented a number of panels, and gave pecha kucha presentations. Click here for pictures and video.

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