NNPBC Blog

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

Unintended Equity Consequences of Canadian Cannabis Policy: Reflections on Implications of Medical Cannabis Taxation

Unintended Equity Consequences of Canadian Cannabis Policy: Reflections on Implications of Medical Cannabis Taxation by Emily Jenkins RN, MPH, PHD   One of my proudest moments as a nurse came during the Senate study of the Cannabis Act when both the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) provided testimony positioning the voice of their respective professional bodies. During this proceeding, the CNA stood out for endorsing… Read More »Unintended Equity Consequences of Canadian Cannabis Policy: Reflections on Implications of Medical Cannabis Taxation

Healthy Baby Feeding Initiative for Vulnerable Populations

Healthy Baby Feeding Initiative for Vulnerable Populations by Shauna Mc Goldrick and Viktorija Glambinskaite, BSN Students As nursing students with a passion for public health and health promotion, we were incredibly fortunate to work with Sheway during our public health promotion clinical placement at Vancouver Community College. Sheway is a Pregnancy Outreach Program located in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver (DTES) that provides health and social service supports to pregnant… Read More »Healthy Baby Feeding Initiative for Vulnerable Populations

The Opioid Crisis Can’t Be Just a Headline for the Nursing Profession

Please note, this post originally appeared on the ARNBC Blog in December 2016. It is shared with permission.  The Opioid Crisis Can't Be Just a Headline for the Nursing Profession by Zak Matieschyn, BSN, MN, RN, NP(Family) I've had some great experiences during my year and a half as ARNBC president, but one will stand out for me long after my presidency ends. This week, I and a group of… Read More »The Opioid Crisis Can’t Be Just a Headline for the Nursing Profession

Overdose Deaths in B.C. - Time to Scale up Supervised Consumption Services, by Dr. Bernie Pauly, RN

In the first six months of this year, 371 British Columbians died due to an overdose. This is a 74.2% increase from the previous year. Almost one quarter of these deaths are people in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opiod was detected alone or in combination with other drugs in up to 60% of overdose deaths. Frequently, people consume Fentanyl unknowingly. Overdose deaths are now the… Read More »Overdose Deaths in B.C. - Time to Scale up Supervised Consumption Services, by Dr. Bernie Pauly, RN

The role of street nurses in increasing access to health care for marginalized populations

Please note, this post originally appeared on the ARNBC Blog in June 2016. It is shared with permission.  The role of street nurses in increasing access to health care for marginalized populations By Meaghan Thumath, RN, BScN, MSc PH The downtown eastside is a fascinating place to practice nursing with a rich history, diverse population and artistic flair. It is also a place where many people struggle daily without adequate… Read More »The role of street nurses in increasing access to health care for marginalized populations