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 Eligibility criteria

In good standing
Registered nurse registrants or nurse practitioner registrants, in good standing, and who ordinarily reside in B.C.
Signed declaration
Board candidates are required to sign a declaration certifying that he or she elects to stand for election for the position.
Overlapping term
An elected Board member is not eligible to be elected to another position on the Board with an overlapping term of office, unless he or she resigns his or her existing office as an elected Board member at the time he or she submits his or her nomination for the other office.
Consecutive terms
An elected Board member who has held office for a consecutive period of six years or more is not eligible to be elected until at least one year has passed since expiry of the member’s most recent term of office.
College employee
A registrant is not eligible to be elected if he or she is employed by the College, unless he or she files with the Registrar a written agreement to resign his or her employment with the College if elected to the Board.

 Roles & responsibilities

Under the Health Professions Act "the Board must govern, control and administer the affairs of the College in accordance with the Act, regulations, and bylaws and must submit to the minister (of health) an annual report."

The College Bylaws require the Board to annually approve an operating expense and revenue budget, appoint the auditor and hold an annual general meeting to report on the financial statements; the report of the board; and the report of the auditor, if any.

In addition, Board members:

  • Are appointed to a number of the College's statutory committees and special committees of the Board.
  • May participate in public relations activities, i.e., opening remarks/greetings at conferences, presenting awards;
  • Participate in the mentorship of new board members.
  • May be asked to be part of a quorum of the Board for the purpose of hearing appeals regarding various regulatory decisions;
  • Attend the annual general meeting; and
  • Participate in evaluation of the registrar/chief executive officer's performance.


Seven principles of public life
  • Selflessness: Act solely in terms of the public interest
  • Integrity: Avoid inappropriate influences 
  • Objectivity: Fair and impartial decisions
  • Accountability: To public with necessary scrutiny 
  • Openness: Open and transparent decisions
  • Honesty: Truthful​
  • Leadership: Use above principles in own behavior and challenge poor behavior

 Board candidate expectations/competencies

Public focus

Demonstrates a commitment to protecting the public by effectively regulating registered nurses and nurse practitioners:

  • At all times carries out responsibilities in the public interest.
  • Works to understand the needs and requirements of the public in relation to the College.
  • Demonstrates dedication to meeting expectations of the public and gaining the public’s trust and support.
Strategic intent

Actively participates in establishing, supporting and monitoring the strategic direction for the College in collaboration with senior leadership:

  • Maintains focus on long-term goals and objectives. - Focuses on governance of the College, not on management of operations.
  • Takes a broad perspective towards emerging opportunities and challenges.
  • Encourages the use of performance measurement to drive improvement.

Uses a systematic approach to problem-solving and decision-making:

  • Bases decisions on best available information.
  • Assesses issues based on short and long-term impacts on the College.
  • Makes decisions that are congruent with the College’s Vision, Purpose and Principles.
  • Stands behind Board decisions even if they are not his/her primary choice.
  • Is aware of and declares conflict(s) of interest.
  • Works towards consensus decision-making whenever possible but is willing to express an oppositional view.
Effective working relationships

Builds and maintains rapport with others to enhance working relationships and to improve overall organizational effectiveness:

  • Creates an environment of trust where people feel encouraged to actively communicate and contribute.
  • Welcomes and respects differing perspectives and opinions.
  • Actively seeks input from others.
  • Adapts personal style to match differing situations.
  • Willingly collaborates with others to build an effective team and achieve desired results.  
Communication skills

Effectively communicates with others to fulfill Board responsibilities:

  • Actively listens to others’ opinions and ideas.
  • Able and willing to raise potentially controversial or difficult issues in a manner that encourages dialogue.
  • Shares knowledge and expertise to strengthen Board performance.
  • Communicates key issues and concerns in a timely fashion.
  • Uses a communication style and method that is most effective for the situation.
  • Communicates in a coherent and concise manner.
Personal effectiveness

Works to improve personal effectiveness and performance:

  • Invests time to understand the Health Professions Act, Nurses (Registered) and Nurse Practitioners Regulation and CRNBC Bylaws.
  • Commits the time required to prepare appropriately for and attend Board and committee meetings.
  • Actively contributes personal perspective to important issues.
  • Clearly demonstrates the CRNBC Principles in professional and personal interactions.
  • Solicits feedback regarding personal performance from mentor and others and reflects and acts on feedback to improve contribution to the College.
  • Delivers on personal commitments.
  • Maintains confidentiality.
  • Demonstrates a sense of humour.


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