Programs and Services: Regional Chapters

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn More About Regional Chapters

A Regional Chapter is a local hub where nurses of all different types of practice and designations can connect and work together along with community members to identify and address regional needs and issues. Regional Chapters also provide nurses with an opportunity to engage with BCCNA and member associations around local issues.

Learn More About the Role of Regional Chapter Chairs

Regional Chapter Chair is an excellent opportunity for professional development.

The role of Regional Chair will enhance leadership skills, group facilitation, problem identification and solving and networking skills. In addition, being a Regional Chair provides an opportunity to become actively engaged with the BCCNA and member associations.

BCCNA welcomes interest and participation from all B.C. nurses including current, retired, or student Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Licenced Practical Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses.

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What is a Regional Chapter?

Many B.C. nurses will remember the Chapters that existed years ago under the RNABC and the important role that they played in connecting nurses with each other and with the issues that impacted the health and well-being of people in their regions. A BCCNA Regional Chapter is the same type of local hub.

In keeping with the values of the BCCNA of inclusiveness and collaboration, a Regional Chapter is a space where nurses of all different types of practice and designations can connect and work together along with community members to identify and address regional needs and issues. A Regional Chapter is also a valuable space for nurses to relationship build, support one another, find their professional voice.
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Who can join a Regional Chapter?

Nurses from all designations as well as members of the community and other health professionals are welcome to join.
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What is the difference between a Regional Chapter and a Community of Practice and/or Speciality Groupr?

Regional Chapters are based in a specific region and are focused on connecting nurses and community members within that region to work together to identify and addrsess regional issues. Communities of Practice and Specialty Groups are focused on specific areas of practice (e.g. Contraceptive Management). These groups are not focused on a particular region.
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How do you join?

There are three ways to join a Regional Chapter:
  1. Become a Regional Chair or Co-Chair.
  2. Contact a Regional Chapter and ask to join.
  3. Send an email to regionalchapters@bccna.com and we can help direct you to a Regional Chapter.
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How often do Regional Chapters Meet?

Each Regional Chapter is unique. The number of meetings and how and where meetings take place will vary depending on how your Regional Chapter is set up. Regional Chairs, along with their memberrs can define the structure and terms of their Chapters (e.g. how many meetings, where to meet, how to identify local needs etc).
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How many members are in a Regional Chapter?

A Regional Chapter can be formed with a minimum of five nurses (including the Chair). There is no maximum number of members.
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What role do members of Regional Chapters have?

Members must live in the region they represent so as to speak fully to the issues impacting nursing and the health and well-being of that population.
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How will BCCNA support Regional Chapters?

The BCCNA may provide some social media and communication support such as a graphic for use on Facebook or Twitter and teleconference/GoToMeeting support as required. BCCNA will provide regular updates and new resources when available to Regional Chapters and may also provide some support with identifying and addressing local issues.
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I already belong to a Community of Practice/Specialty Group etc. Can I also join a Regional Chapter?

Absolutely! Regional Chairs and members can participate in as many activities as they wish.
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What happens if a Chapter member is asked to address the media or public?

Should you be asked to speak to the media or in a public event, please contact us at regionalchapters@bccna.com.
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Who can be a Regional Chair?

Any active practicing, student or retired LPN, NP, RN or RPN can be a regional chair.
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What is the Time Commitment for Regional Chairs?

The time commitment will vary depending on how your Chapter is set up.
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Can a Regional Chair and/or Chapter member also participate in speciality groups or communities of practice?

Absolutely! Regional Chairs and members can participate in as many activities as they wish.
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Is Regional Chair a paid position?

No, Regional Chair is not a paid position.
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What happens if a Regional Chair or Chapter member is asked to address the media or public?

Should you be asked to speak to the media or in a public event, please contact us at regionalchapters@bccna.com.