posted July 12, 2013
The College moved from an association to a regulatory body in 2005. Since then, our work at the College has focused on regulating nurses in the public interest. Public safety and protection are our main concerns.
During the past eight years, we’ve strengthened our public interest activities. At the same time, it’s become increasingly difficult to provide nurses with the same services we provided as an association. We’ve pulled back many of our association-type activities.
As we’ve matured into our regulatory role, we’ve heard from nurses throughout the province who feel their voice is missing from nursing and health policy development. They have also told us there is no one promoting the nursing profession.
For these reasons, the CRNBC Board decided to provide a one-time $1.5 million grant to the Association of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (ARNBC). The money is to help with the Association’s start-up costs. Most importantly, these funds will allow the Association to begin offering services that fall outside the College’s mandate. The Association will be able to expand and enhance these services. We are delighted to help the Association bring a fresh nursing perspective to the province.
As we transfer some of our services to ARNBC over the coming months, we will provide ongoing updates. If you have questions or need more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The College cannot speak for BCNU or the Association, but what we can say is that as a regulator we look for ways, whenever it is appropriate, to collaborate with all stakeholders including the Union, government, the Association and employers. We see benefit in the College, BCNU and the Association working together—each playing a distinct, but complementary role that supports nurses and benefits the public.
It is important to understand the differences between the role of a College, an association and a union. The College carries out regulatory duties and acts in the public interest as set out in the Health Professions Act. An association promotes and advocates for the professional and personal interests of the profession and its members. A union protects and advances the health, social, and economic welfare of its members, and negotiates collective agreements that govern employees' conditions of employment.