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Our public interest mandate

CRNBC to provide funds and transfer services to Association of Registered Nurses of BC.

posted July 5, 2013

College increases focus on public interest mandate

Over the past year and a half, the College has concentrated on becoming a relational regulator, while increasing our focus on our core purpose of regulating nurses in the public interest. During this time, the College has been working towards shifting responsibilities to the Association of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (ARNBC) that we inherited from the former association, the Registered Nurses Association of British Columbia (RNABC).

To continue this transition, our Board recently made the decision to provide funding to ARNBC. These funds will provide the association with the start-up capital necessary to assume services outside the College’s role. This decision means little, if any, increase in fees to nurses over the next five years.

In the coming months, we will be transferring appropriate services to the association that we believe pose a conflict of interest for the College or fall outside our role as a regulator. ARNBC may also choose to deliver additional services. Some examples of services under consideration are:

  • Professional development,
  • Practice advice and counsel,
  • Networking opportunities, and
  • Promotion of the nursing profession.

In summary, the College will:

  • Immediately provide ARNBC with a one-time grant of $1.5 million to help cover some fundamental start-up costs;
  • Negotiate an agreement to collect an annual fee on behalf of ARNBC in place of the one currently collected on behalf of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), beginning in January 2015 and;
  • After successfully negotiating this agreement, end our financial agreement with CNA. B.C. nurses’ CNA membership will continue through ARNBC. 

The College is committed to communicating the process and changes as we move forward in the months ahead. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

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