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In this issue:
New Governance StructureBylaw amendments to provide for a new governance structure for CRNBC have been approved by government. The bylaw amendments, which came into effect April 1, 2010:
A process to allow for a smooth transition from the old structure to the new governance structure has been implemented.
NEW CALL FOR NOMINATIONSAs a result of the revised Bylaws, CRNBC is issuing a new call for nominations for the following positions on the Board:
These positions, elected by all registrants, are for a three-year term commencing Sept. 1, 2010. Candidates who submitted nomination forms in the previous call for 2010 nominations have the option of re-submitting a nomination form for these new positions.
Deadline for nominations is June 3, 2010 (1600 hours). Find out more
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CRNBC to Withdraw from CNAThe CRNBC Board has decided to initiate a measured and managed withdrawal from CNA as a jurisdictional member.
Registrants at the 2010 CRNBC AGM in June will be asked to vote on a resolution authorizing the College to submit a written resignation to the Canadian Nurses Association. CNA’s Bylaws require one year notice of withdrawal from CNA as a member. Read more
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RN Network of BC to Receive FundingRecognizing that there is an opportunity for a new RN association to establish itself to meet the professional needs and interests of B.C.’s registered nurses that are not currently being met in the province, the Board voted to provide one-time funding of up to $153,000 to the RN Network of BC to develop and implement a plan to establish an RN Association of B.C. Learn more about the RN Network
Standards of PracticeDispensing MedicationsThe Board has approved changes to the Dispensing Medications Practice Standard, which identifies the principles that RNs, nurse practitioners and licensed graduate nurses adhere to when they need to safely dispense medications to their clients. The changes provide clarification and direction for this activity. More
Nurse Practitioner Scope of PracticeThe Board has approved the addition of Hb F and Hb HPLC (high performance liquid chromatography) to the list of diagnostic tests that nurse practitioners (family) can order. The CRNBC Scope of Practice for Nurse Practitioners (Family) Standards, Limits and Conditions is being revised to reflect these additions.
Strategic Plan for 2011-2013The Board has approved some elements of a new strategic plan for the College for 2011-2013. The new strategic plan will be finalized at the June 2010 board meeting.
Competencies for Nurse PractitionersThe Board approved, with modifications, that the nurse practitioner definition, assumptions and competencies in the Canadian Nurse Practitioner Core Competency Framework (December 2009) be used in CRNBC’s Competencies Required for Nurse Practitioners in British Columbia, effective January 1, 2011.
The core competencies form part of the requirements for nurse practitioner registration with CRNBC and are used by CRNBC in the review and recognition of B.C. nurse practitioner education programs. The modifications to the core competencies and related assumptions ensure that the competencies used in B.C. are current and as well as consistent, where appropriate, with the competencies used in other Canadian nursing jurisdictions. The CRNBC publication is being updated to reflect the changes and will be available later this year from the CRNBC website. For more information, contact Joyce Black, CRNBC Education Consultant at email@example.com
Board PoliciesBoard Members as Voting Delegates to the AGMThis policy, which recommended that board members refrain from voting at CRNBC AGMs in order to avoid potential conflict and to enable them to fully carry out their responsibilities during the AGM, has been deleted. CRNBC's Bylaws specify that each registrant in good standing is entitled to vote at the AGM. There is no provision in the Bylaws overriding that entitlement for registrants who are board members. Board members who percieve a conflict of interest may still recuse themselves from voting on any matter that requires a vote at the AGM.
Board Authority for Registration, Inquiry and Discipline PoliciesThe Board has expressed concern regarding the policy-making authority of three standing committees: Registration, Inquiry and Discipline. The Health Professions Act gives these committees the authority to establish policies that the Board, as the governing body accountable for the stewardship of the College, does not have authority to approve. A review of other health profession colleges found that some colleges shared a similar concern. The Board requested staff to carry out a further review with those colleges before determining what action to take on the matter.
Accounting Practices and StandardsRevised to clarify depreciation on computer software.
Nurse Tutor CriteriaThe Board agreed that it would not reconsider a decision it made in February 2010 (and reported in the February 2010 Board Highlights) to delete its RN Tutor Criteria Policy. The Board had received an outside request to reconsider it's earlier decision.
Committee Annual ReportsThe Board received annual reports for 2009 from each of the College's standing committees. Summaries of these reports will be included in the CRNBC annual report for 2009, which will be available online before the 2010 AGM in June.
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