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Advancing Foot Care Nursing in B.C. One Step at a Time, by Sandra Tetrault, RN

  When Judy R.N. moved from Ontario to B.C. in the late 1990’s, she had taken a foot care course from a Podiatrist there. Judy had been practicing as a foot care nurse for 10 years in Ontario before moving to B.C. On her arrival to register with the then RNABC, they told her they had never heard of a foot care nurse working for herself. Judy set out to… Read More »Advancing Foot Care Nursing in B.C. One Step at a Time, by Sandra Tetrault, RN

Suicide Awareness Month & World Suicide Prevention Day

Suicide Awareness Month & World Suicide Prevention Day Shaely Ritchey, RN   September is Suicide Awareness Month with the 10th being World Suicide Prevention Day. During this month people typically share numbers for crisis lines, reminders to check on one's friends, and similar sentiments. While these are important messages, they barely touch the surface of real and meaningful suicide prevention strategies.  The Basics Like many things, suicidal ideation exists upon… Read More »Suicide Awareness Month & World Suicide Prevention Day

Canadian Nurses Welcome the Global Nursing Community to the ICN Congress in July

Canadian Nurses Welcome the Global Nursing Community to the ICN Congress in July By Nora Whyte RN, MSN   The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) is hosting the 2023 ICN Congress in Montreal this summer from July 1 to 5. This will be the fourth time that Canada hosts a congress: the previous locations and dates were Vancouver in 1997 and Montreal in 1929 and 1969. The theme - Nurses Together:… Read More »Canadian Nurses Welcome the Global Nursing Community to the ICN Congress in July

Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2023 – Transforming the Narrative: From Asks to Action

Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2023 – Transforming the Narrative: From Asks to Action By Shaely Ritchey RN, BScN   Eating Disorders Awareness Week (EDAW) is a nationally-recognized week in Canada, from February 1st-7th. This week serves to bring awareness and understanding to the devastating impact of eating disorders on individuals and families across this country. Beyond awareness, we need action, that is why this year’s theme for EDAW 2023 is… Read More »Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2023 – Transforming the Narrative: From Asks to Action

Learning and Collaborating on Behalf of Patient Centred Care

"Learning and Collaborating on Behalf of Patient Centred Care" By Sherri Kensall, MSN, C Neph (c), CDE, C Gen (c) Clinical Nurse Specialist NNPBC Board Chair, RN Council President   It was 'go-live' On November 5th at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) as the team worked to implement Cerner as part of our broader Clinical & Systems Transformation (CST) project. Cerner is a cloud-based electronic health record that will help us… Read More »Learning and Collaborating on Behalf of Patient Centred Care

Gender-Affirming Care - Exploring Inclusive Terminology

Gender-Affirming Care - Exploring Inclusive Terminology Shaely Ritchey (RN, BScN) and Kalina Hunter (UVNS 3)   Language has the power to shape how we see the world as well as imagine ourselves and others within it. While words might seem insignificant at times, especially in busy practice settings, language can foster agency and hope amongst ourselves, the people we work with, and patients and clients. Language can also perpetuate harmful… Read More »Gender-Affirming Care - Exploring Inclusive Terminology

Climate Emergency: The Time to Act is Now

Climate Emergency: The Time to Act is Now Helen Boyd RN, MA & Raluca Radu RN, MSN November 2021 In the summer of 2021, British Columbia experienced extreme heat between June 25th and July 1st (longer in some areas) where recorded temperatures reached about 40 degrees. Records were set on June 28th in Squamish which reached a temperature of 43 degrees, Port Alberni at 42.7 degrees, Victoria at 39.8 degrees… Read More »Climate Emergency: The Time to Act is Now

Nursing During A Climate Emergency

Nursing During A Climate Emergency Sherri Kensall, RN, CNS, NNPBC Board Chair November 2021 Starting on November 14, 2021, British Columbia was hit by a rain event that broke many records. According to reports, total rain fall was estimated to be roughly 300 percent above normal for the month of November[i]Global News. B.C.'s record-breaking rainfall generates 'mind-boggling' data: Environment Canada. This rain fall event, coupled with fire scorched hillsides from… Read More »Nursing During A Climate Emergency

Hearing Our Voices - Nurse Advocacy In Action

"Hearing Our Voices - Nurse Advocacy In Action" Michelle Danda PhD(c) RN CPMHN(C), Claire Pitcher MSN RN (C), Jessica Key BSN RN September 2021 Recently, there has been an increased focus within North American media and society at large on racism in health care. As trusted and ethically-guided professional practitioners, nurses play an essential role in these conversations and thus it is imperative we understand the historical, social, economic and… Read More »Hearing Our Voices - Nurse Advocacy In Action

Collaboration Matters: Nursing and Oral Health

Collaboration Matters: Nursing and Oral Health Afifa Lahbabi Eidher, RDH April 2021 April is oral health month in B.C. and dental hygienists are exploring ways to help the public understand the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene and how it could even save their life! One of our goals is to engage more effectively with the nursing profession because no one knows patients better than nurses. Dental hygienists believe that… Read More »Collaboration Matters: Nursing and Oral Health