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CNA Agreement

CRNBC and CNA are pleased to announce a joint agreement that allows CRNBC to assign its jurisdictional membership in CNA to CNA.

CRNBC and CNA Sign Agreement

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.

 Questions & Answers

Will I be able to choose not to belong to CNA?
The agreement between CRNBC and CNA provides registrants with ongoing membership in CNA. Fees will continue to be collected at registration and renewal. The fee is set by CNA and is determined by the number of registrants. For 2011, the fee is $54.95. The fee will be the same in 2012.
Will the Association of RNs of BC (ARNBC) be taking jurisdictional membership in CNA?
That question should be directed to ARNBC. CRNBC has assigned its jurisdictional membership to CNA with the requirement that 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.
Who will pick the B.C. registrant to be on the CNA board and the registrants who will be voting delegates for B.C?
Under the terms of the agreement, the process for this representation will be determined by CNA.
What happened to the $153,000 CRNBC gave to the RN Network to establish a new association to meet the professional needs and interests of B.C.’s registered nurses that are not currently being met in the province?
These funds were used by the RN Network, and subsequently ARNBC, to establish the Bylaws for ARNBC and incorporate ARNBC. They were also used to set up a website and support meetings of the interim Board and development of a communication plan. These activities were identified within the contract established between the RN Network (now ARNBC) and CRNBC.
What will be the relationship between CRNBC and CNA after August 31, 2011?
The agreement between CRNBC and CNA means that CRNBC is no longer a member of CNA. However, on behalf of CNA, CRNBC will continue to collect CNA membership fees from B.C. nurses and submit these fees to CNA.
How will the agreement affect B.C. registered nurses?
Because the agreement transfers CRNBC’s membership over to CNA, the agreement ensures that B.C. registered nurses will continue to be represented through CNA and continue to receive CNA benefits, such as the Canadian Nurse and access to the member only section of NurseOne. They will also be represented at the CNA Board table and Annual Meeting by a B.C. registered nurse.
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