ARNBC Newsletter - April 2017   •   view as web page

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President's Message:
Use Your Voice! Use Your Vote!

I bet every nurse in the province is celebrating the return of warm weather, sunny days and the end of what was for many a frustrating and long winter. For me, one of the big changes coming in the next few months is the end of my presidency of ARNBC and all that comes with that - the election of a more...

If you'd like some tips and tricks on how to enact Zak's suggestion to engage in the politics of the provincial election, check out our 2017 Provincial Election Toolkit for ideas.

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Welcome ARNBC's Interim Executive Director
The ARNBC Board is pleased to announce that Andrea Burton has taken on the role of Interim Executive Director of the Association, effective April 14th, 2017. Andrea will lead the ARNBC team while also maintaining her role as Director of Communications and Government Relations. Meanwhile, the search for a permanent ED is ongoing.

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Be One of Canada's 150 Featured Nurses!
We are privileged to have an opportunity to nominate 25 B.C. nurses for CNA's 150th celebration of Canada, which will feature 150 nurses who are making a difference to the advancement of the nursing profession. Check out our 150 Nurses for Canada page to nominate yourself or a colleague who will showcase the best of B.C. nursing to the rest of the country.

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2017 Nursing Awards of Excellence
Nominations for the 2017 Nursing Awards of Excellence are underway. Consider nominating a deserving nurse from any designation for one of these prestigious awards. In collaboration with our Patient Advisory Committee, ARNBC also seeks to award the Quinn Fowlie Scholarship to a deserving young B.C. patient star who has benefited from the support and expert care provided by nurses throughout their young life. Consider nominating a young person in your life and give them a helping hand to the future.

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Meet B.C. Nurses
Take a look at some of our amazing nurse colleagues working throughout the province and learn what brought them to our attention by checking out our new Meet BC Nurses page and let us know if there are any B.C. nurses you would like to see featured.

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New Programs for Students and New Grads
ARNBC is pleased to announce that Dawn Tisdale, RN, has joined the Association full-time and will be handling all student and new grad programming under the umbrella of IGNITE! To check out the amazing resources and share your ideas on programs and services ARNBC should consider, visit the IGNITE page.

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Help Revise the CNA Code of Ethics
CNA is currently revising its Code of Ethics. ARNBC has been given the opportunity to review the draft and provide feedback and comments from B.C. nurses. Your voice is important. Review the proposed changes and provide your feedback using the webform provided or send us your comments via email to Deadline is 4:30pm, April 26, 2017.

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Celebrate Nursing Week with ARNBC
We would love to meet you! Come out to the ARNBC offices on May 12, 2017 between 11am and 4pm to meet some of the board and staff, see the office, have some snacks and even win prizes! Everyone is welcome.

Our Proud to Be... competition is also accepting entries until April 24th. You can write, sing, dance, videotape, draw, photograph - whatever your skill or hobby is, use it to tell us why you are proud to be a registered nurse or nurse practitioners. Prizes of $750 (first place), $500 (second place) and $350 (third place), will be awarded throughout nursing week.

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Nurse Practitioners - Funding is Available for Continuing Education
ARNBC, in partnership with the BC Coalition of Nursing Associations, has an ongoing education fund which provides one-time grants from the BC government to enable eligible BC nurse practitioners to complete education programs including local and distance courses and conferences; short term or long term programs; and group education sessions. Check out the NP Continuing Education Funding page and apply now!

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2017 AGM & Innovation Forum
Save the date! Our AGM will take place the evening of June 26 at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster. Preceding the business meeting will be our popular Innovation Forum. If you have a project or innovation you would like to present to BC nurses, submissions are open until May 5, 2017. We also have special opportunities for students and Aboriginal nurses.

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Get involved!
Check out some of our advocacy campaigns, volunteer on a committee or at an event, submit an Issues Report Form or write a blog. These are just a few ways to engage with ARNBC. If you have other ideas on how you would like to participate or programs and services you would like us to explore, email us at!

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Membership Options
ARNBC wants to engage as many nurses as possible in our programs, committees, services and consultations. If you are receiving this email directly from ARNBC, you are a member of the Association with the opportunity to participate fully as a voting member. We look forward to engaging with you. However, if you wish to cease to be a member (and waive your voting rights), please email

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