As the days drew closer to the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) Annual General Meeting in Ottawa, the anticipation was palpable. The annual meeting is a signature event where Registered Nurse representatives from across the country come together to discuss and make important decisions on historic policy and advocacy issues for Canadian Nursing. The B.C. delegation had prepared for the discussion through readings, tele–briefings, CNA webcasts, and engaging in a caucus… Read More »Reflections on the Canadian Nurses Association 2013 Annual General Meeting, by Julie Fraser RN
ARNBC is pleased to extend our warmest greetings to all nurses in B.C. and across the country as we celebrate the achievements of our profession during National Nursing Week 2013. This year’s theme, Nursing: A Leading Force for Change, reminds us that when nurses work together to provide innovative solutions, we can dramatically improve the quality of health care locally, provincially and nationally. ARNBC has been working hard to raise… Read More »National Nursing Week 2013 – Nursing: A Leading Force for Change
After what seems like months of anticipation, B.C.’s Lieutenant Governor, Judith Guichon, has called for a provincial election to be held on May 14, 2013. From today on, British Columbians will be inundated with TV ads, opportunities to attend candidate events, front-yard campaign signage and canvassers and candidates knocking on doors. Nursing is one of the most respected, valued and strong professions in B.C. with a long history of providing… Read More »Nurses Speak Up for Health: Election Tools for B.C. Nurses
Have you lost the plot? How we are writing the next chapter, by Callan Lansdowne, Leah Peters-Michaud & Trish Sanvido
On December 5th, 2012, student’s and nurses from the Comox Valley gathered together to discuss re-establishing a local ARNBC chapter. The meeting was full of enthusiasm and energy as members shared a sense of excitement to be reconnecting with each other and strengthening the professional presence of nursing in the region. The group was comprised of students, retired, and practicing nurses from a variety of agencies in the community. Many… Read More »Have you lost the plot? How we are writing the next chapter, by Callan Lansdowne, Leah Peters-Michaud & Trish Sanvido
Happy New Year to all B.C. nurses. As we move into 2013, I hope all of you had opportunity to enjoy some rest and relaxation over the holiday season and appreciate time with your family and friends. I am excited about 2013 and the many opportunities that are ahead of ARNBC in the coming months. We experienced significant successes in 2012 and the Association has gained support from nurses in… Read More »President’s Update: Happy New Year, by Susan Duncan RN PhD
Between February and May of this year, the ARNBC travelled around British Columbia and met with registered nurses in small towns, community health centres, urban areas and hospitals. The resulting focus groups and conversations provided the Association with a wealth of information about the challenges nurses face, the pride they have in their profession and the belief we all share in the need for a strong policy voice for nursing… Read More »President’s Update: Consultations Wind Up, by Susan Duncan RN PhD
President’s Update: BC Nurses host Canadian nurses and take an active role in CNA Biennium, by Susan Duncan RN
It is my privilege and pride to write my first blogpost as ARNBC President. I hope all B.C. nurses have heard the strong praise and congratulations that have been received from nurses across Canada for our co-hosting of the 2012 CNA Biennium Convention. The Convention was an enormous success and an appropriate place to recognize and celebrate 100 years of our professional nursing association in B.C. We shared a sense of… Read More »President’s Update: BC Nurses host Canadian nurses and take an active role in CNA Biennium, by Susan Duncan RN
We have just finished our fifth week of consultations, and have been inspired to meet with nurses across B.C. By the time we wrap up these consultations, we will have met with nurses from every specialty in every part of the province. One thing we have heard from nurses over and over is how much they value having an opportunity to get together and talk about the future of the… Read More »Consultations Gain Momentum Across B.C.
Recently I met a young nursing student and was asked to give her one piece of salient information with regards to becoming a nurse.
Nursing is a profession, though occasionally it does not feel like it. We obtain a specialized body of knowledge, we make a commitment to the provision of that knowledge, we promise to uphold what that specialized body of knowledge requires of us without causing harm to others and we accept all the associated responsibilities. But somehow the reality of a profession often gets lost along the way. Read More »We the nurses... by Wendy Bowles NP
Beginning the week of February 19th, 2012, ARNBC will set out to consult with as many nurses as possible across the province. This is your opportunity to join a face-to-face meeting in your area, participate in a videoconference, or send your ideas and thoughts to our dedicated consultations website. Now is the time for RNs across B.C. to come together and share your ideas of what you’d like the ARNBC to do and be. How can we help you? Your voice is our strength!