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CRNBC to Withdraw from CNA

CRNBC-CNA Relationship

 CRNBC to Withdraw from CNA

The CRNBC Board has decided to “initiate a measured and managed withdrawal from CNA as a jurisdictional member.”

Registrants at the 2010 CRNBC AGM in June will be asked to vote on a resolution authorizing the College to submit a written resignation to the Canadian Nurses Association. CNA’s Bylaws require one year notice of withdrawal from CNA as a member.

As with all health profession colleges that come under the Health Professions Act, CRNBC functions within legislation established by the provincial government and is required to work within its regulatory mandate. 


Unlike its predecessor, the Registered Nurses Association of B.C., CRNBC does not have a dual role as a professional association and a regulatory body. CRNBC’s singular mandate is regulation. Since its inception in 2005, CRNBC has faced considerable challenges in balancing a relationship with an organization that advocates on behalf of nurses and health and social policy issues while simultaneously meeting the requirements of a regulator.

CRNBC engaged in an extensive review and consultation to inform the Board’s concern that the compatibility of the mandates and functions of CNA and CRNBC have diminished since the establishment of the College.

CRNBC recognizes that this decision will be of concern to many registrants and is committed to implementing a withdrawal plan that will be transparent to CNA and other stakeholders. CRNBC will continue to provide information as the transition plans are developed.

Read the overview of the Evaluation of CRNBC's Relationship with CNA (PDF)

Read the full extensive review and consultation


CRNBC recognizes that there is an opportunity for a new professional organization to establish itself to meet the professional needs and interests of B.C.’s registered nurses that are not currently being met in the province.

To this end, the CRNBC Board voted to provide one-time funding to the RN Network of BC to build a business case to inform this need. The Board is pleased to have been able to support this group in its effort and hopes that the result of this initiative will mean that B.C. nurses will continue to be represented at the CNA board table.

CRNBC is proud of the work that CNA has done on behalf of Canadian nurses and expects that B.C.’s registered nurses and nurse practitioners will continue to benefit from CNA’s work in the years to come.

If you have any questions about this matter, please do not hesitate to contact Laurel Brunke, Registrar/CEO.

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