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CRNBC withdrawal from CNA — Update

At the April 8, 2011 meeting, the CRNBC Board voted in favour of a motion indicating that it is not feasible at this time for CRNBC to assign its Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) membership to another B.C. organization.

On April 8, 2011, the CRNBC Board passed a motion indicating that it is not feasible at this time for CRNBC to assign its Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) membership to another British Columbia organization.

CRNBC is seeking to withdraw its membership from CNA because of the incompatibility between CRNBC’s and CNA’s respective mandates and functions. It is hoped CRNBC's withdrawal can be achieved through a consensual process between CRNBC and CNA.

This latest decision was made following discussions with CNA and the Association of Registered Nurses of BC (ARNBC). CRNBC remains committed to withdrawing from CNA and is exploring options to make this happen in a way that B.C. registered nurses will continue to be represented at CNA.

The complete resolution reads:

Whereas the CRNBC Board has determined that it will withdraw from the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) because it is inconsistent with the College’s legislative mandate to belong to CNA; and

Whereas the CRNBC Board agrees that a continued voice for B.C. registered nurses on nursing, health and social policy issues is desirable; and

Whereas the CRNBC Board agrees that it is desirable
that there be a jurisdictional representative to CNA from British Columbia; and

Whereas the CRNBC Board approved a one-time grant of $153,000 to the RN Network of B.C. for the express purpose of developing a provincial registered nurse association whose objects are not to be in conflict with the objects of
the College; and

Whereas the CRNBC Board has engaged in discussions, through its representatives, with the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and Association of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (ARNBC), regarding a mechanism for representation for B.C. registered nurses at CNA; and

Whereas the CRNBC Board is not satisfied that this can be accomplished within the conditions required by the CRNBC Board,

Be it resolved that the CRNBC Board agrees that it is not feasible at this time to assign its CNA membership to another British Columbia organization.

May 3, 2011 — CRNBC meeting with CNA

In follow-up to the CRNBC Board decision, April 8, 2011, that it is not feasible at this time to assign its CNA membership to another British Columbia organization, CRNBC and CNA have had a positive and constructive meeting on May 3, 2011.

At this meeting, we discussed possible options for ending CRNBC’s jurisdictional membership in CNA. No final decision has been made about these options, and there are various matters for further consideration and discussion by CRNBC and CNA.

We are committed to having further collaborative discussions on these issues and to attempting to find a way of continuing to have B.C. registered nurses voice heard at the national level.

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