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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

“It’s Okay to Feel This”: Meditation and Mindfulness in Uncertain Times

"It's Okay to Feel This": Meditation and Mindfulness in Uncertain Times By Elisabeth Bailey, RN, DNP My path to mediation was a fairly well-worn one - I was suffering. My father had passed away and while grieving this loss, I was challenged by my work as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at a clinic called The Trauma Center in Boston, MA, USA. As the name implies, this clinic serves people… Read More »“It’s Okay to Feel This”: Meditation and Mindfulness in Uncertain Times

I’m Bargaining for Courage: A Director of Care’s Thoughts on Leadership in Hospice

I'm Bargaining for Courage: A Director of Care’s Thoughts on Leadership in Hospice by Jane Slemon, RN Where am I these days of global pandemic, of a virus coming towards us that may kill off those I love? Where am I as a director of care, running a hospice whose 10 beds are filled with vulnerable people, people who desperately need their own people to be close at this time… Read More »I’m Bargaining for Courage: A Director of Care’s Thoughts on Leadership in Hospice

Shining a light on nursing during COVID-19

Shining a light on nursing during COVID-19 by Scott Ramsay, RN "Health is not only to be well, but to be able to use well every power we have to use." -Florence Nightingale  Yesterday I was writing about Generalizability Theory for a term paper in a class that I am currently taking on reliability and psychometrics as part of my Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing program at the University of… Read More »Shining a light on nursing during COVID-19

Implementing Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment in BC

Implementing Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment in B.C. by Maja Kolar, RPN MSN The Mental Health Act (MHA) mandates the involuntary treatment of people with mental health issues (MHI) in British Columbia (BC). As per the Guide to the Mental Health Act, involuntary treatment is deemed essential for circumstances involving people with MHIs experiencing impaired insight and an unwillingness to accept voluntary treatment to mitigate substantial risk of deterioration, as well as… Read More »Implementing Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment in BC

Why Canada needs a Chief Nursing Officer - Now

Why Canada needs a Chief Nursing Officer - Now by Sonya Grypma, PhD, RN   (#CanadaCNO) As a nurse historian I love the fact that my tenure as President of the Canadian Association for Schools of Nursing runs through 2019 and 2020 – two years of historical significance for Canadian nurses.  First, the year 2019 marks 100 years of baccalaureate nursing in Canada, with the offering of the first university… Read More »Why Canada needs a Chief Nursing Officer - Now

Aligning our Public Policy Influence with the International Nursing Community

Aligning our Public Policy Influence with the International Nursing Community by Susan Duncan, RN, BSN, MScN, PhD and Nora Whyte, RN   Beyond Healthcare to Health was the theme of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) Congress held in Singapore from June 27 to July 1, 2019. We were pleased to be among the diverse group of over 5,300 nurses from 120 countries to gain inspiration from plenary speakers and… Read More »Aligning our Public Policy Influence with the International Nursing Community

What BC Nurses Need to Know About "Death by a Million Paper Cuts"

What BC Nurses Need to Know About "Death by a Million Paper Cuts" by Sally Thorne, PhD, RN, DSc (Hon), FAAN, FCAHS   When the Canadian National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) released its Final Report in June 2019, it referenced Canadian Indigenous peoples as “victims of a race-based genocide empowered by colonial structures.” Immediately, as Indigenous Issues columnist Tanya Talaga reported in the Vancouver… Read More »What BC Nurses Need to Know About "Death by a Million Paper Cuts"

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