ARNBC Specialty Groups Newsletter - Winter 2016   •   view as web page
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The Specialist

In this issue of The Specialist you will find a collection of articles written by some of your Specialty Network colleagues that provide a fulsome picture about the fantastic work they're doing. ARNBC thanks each of you for taking the time to share your work with us.

Having received feedback from many of you, we look forward to better connecting Specialty Groups to each other through a soon to be introduced dissemination platform that will benefit your communication with us, and each other. This platform will allow you to quickly share updates, ask questions and solicit advice. It will also allow us to provide you with more frequent and timely updates

Stay tuned as exciting changes are coming over the next few months!
  Your voice is our strength  
Breaking New Ground for Canada's Clinical Nurse Specialists
In June 2014, Pan-Canadian Core Competencies for the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) was launched at the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) biennial meeting, setting the foundation upon which academia could formally build a unified CNS curriculum. This publication empowered CNSs, as recognized advanced practice nurses, to move toward a designated protected title similar to our nurse practitioner colleagues. In collaboration with, and support from CNA, a group of CNS volunteers formed a steering committee in the spring of 2015 to develop an association that will provide a cohesive national strategy to support these goals.  Read more... "Forensic Nursing - bridging the gap between law and medicine"

What is Forensic Nursing?
The term forensic simply refers to anything related to the law. Forensic nursing therefore refers to nursing that intersects with the law.

The majority of forensic nurses work with sexual assault and domestic violence survivors. The most well-established and formal forensic nursing roles are specially trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE). However, forensic nurses work in many different settings. Forensic Nurse Examiners (FNE- formerly SANE) may also work in child maltreatment, elder abuse and with other victims of interpersonal violence. Forensic nurses work in psychiatric settings with mentally ill offenders, or in correctional nursing with suspects or offenders. In some provinces, forensic nurses have roles in death investigation such as medical examiner or coroner.  Read more... Introducing LookUp: Social Determinants of Health Community of Practice for B.C. Nurses
We'd like to introduce you to an emerging group of nurses who have come together to exchange resources that support nurses to address the social determinants of health (SDOH). We named this group, LookUp, as a way to call nurses to look up and beyond the immediate situations we face in our nursing practice to explore and address the root causes of the health challenges that people face in their day-to-day lives. We decided to develop this group as a community of practice (COP), as opposed to a specialty group, because addressing the SDOH is relevant to diverse nursing education, research, policy, and practice contexts, including diverse speciality areas.  Read more... The Neurosciences Nurses of British Columbia Acknowledge Outstanding Contributions of Members
The Neuroscience Nurses of British Columbia (NNBC), a chapter of the Canadian Association of Neuroscience Nurses (CANN), are a small but mighty group of enthusiastic nurses who have made considerable contributions to neuroscience nursing, patients and families and communities in British Columbia, across Canada and around the globe. CANN was established in 1970 and has become a well-respected international partner in the neuroscience nursing community. CANN was the first interest group to be awarded affiliate membership in the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), the first nursing speciality accepted for certification under CNA's program and published the first standards of practice for Neurological and Neurosurgical Nursing in the Canadian Journal of Neuroscience Nursing.  Read more... The Occupational Nurses Specialty Association of BC (ONSA BC) is setting up a Facebook page and are steadily increasing membership. The group communicates regularly with members about educational and other opportunities. The ONSA BC AGM will occur in October 2016.

ONSA BC seeks advice from other specialty groups about how to increase membership. Some ideas they are considering include: a 'Bring a buddy' program to events wherein one member invites another to an event as well as an opportunity to give gift certificates/awards to students and new Occupational Health Nurses attending events.

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  • The Gerontological Nurses Association of British Columbia (GNABC), will be hosting their annual conference April 7-8, 2016. Registration is open.
    Learn more here

  • LookUp will be hosting a workshop entitled "Addressing the Social Determinants of Health in Nursing Practice" on May 9th, 2016.
    Learn more here

  • The BC History of Nursing Society looks forward to hosting the Canadian Association of the History of Nursing Conference coming up in June 2016.
    Learn more here