posted July 6, 2011
The College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) and the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) are pleased to announce a joint agreement which provides for CRNBC to assign its jurisdictional membership in CNA to CNA and maintain the voice of British Columbia registered nurses and nurse practitioners at the national level on health, nursing and social policy matters. The agreement is effective August 31, 2011.
CRNBC registrants will continue to be represented on the CNA Board of Directors by a B.C. registered nurse and at the CNA Annual Meeting through voting delegate(s) from British Columbia. The process for this representation will be determined by CNA. In addition, all CRNBC registrants currently receiving CNA benefits will continue to do so; these include receiving the Canadian Nurse, access to the member only section of NurseOne, discounts on certification examinations, and eligibility for all other CNA member benefits.
CRNBC will continue to collect CNA fees from registrants at initial registration and registration renewal and will transfer these fees to CNA as is done now in accordance with CRNBC’s Bylaws.
The decision by the CRNBC Board in April 2010 to no longer be a member of CNA was not taken lightly. It was considered necessary in light of concerns about the incompatibility between CRNBC’s and CNA’s respective mandates and functions since 2005 when CRNBC was established as a health profession college under the British Columbia Health Professions Act.
CRNBC is proud of the work that CNA has done on behalf of Canadian nurses and is confident that B.C.’s registered nurses and nurse practitioners will continue to benefit from, and contribute to, CNA’s work in the years to come.