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April 2011

 

 

College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia

A summary of decisions made by the
CRNBC Board on April 8, 2011

CRNBC Board Highlights


Limits and Conditions on Emergency Cardiac Care

The Board has approved limits and conditions for defibrillation and administration of Schedule 1 drugs by registered nurses providing emergency cardiac care. The limits and conditions require registered nurses to possess the competencies and follow the decision support tools established by Providence Health Care. CRNBC’s Scope of Practice for Registered Nurses: Standards. Limits and Conditions will be updated with the new limits and conditions and posted on the College’s website www.crnbc.ca Employers will be implementing changes to relevant organization policies to incorporate these changes in practice.


Anne Gavey Appointed to Board

The Board has appointed Anne Gavey of Nanaimo to fill the vacancy on the Board created by the resignation of Christina Hutchinson. Gavey, who is Interim Manager – Home and Community Care for Parksville/Qualicum and a former member of the Board, will complete Hutchinson’s term which ends August 31, 2011. Gavey was recently elected by acclamation to a three-year term as an urban board member, commencing September 1, 2011.


CNA Membership

The Board passed a motion indicating that it is not feasible at this time for CRNBC to assign its membership in the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) to another B.C. organization. This decision was made following discussions with CNA and the Association of Registered Nurses of B.C. regarding a mechanism for representation for B.C. registered nurses at CNA.

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.

Following this latest decision, 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. Read the complete motion


CRNBC No Longer Seeking CNPS Membership

THE FOLLOWING NOTICE WAS REVISED FEB. 2012

The Board has agreed to withdraw its application for membership in the Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS), a national non-profit society that provides professional liability protection for its members. The decision to withdraw the College’s application for membership was based on financial considerations. 

In B.C., the CRNBC Captive Insurance Corporation (CIC), a subsidiary of CRNBC currently provides for professional liability and commercial general liability insurance for practising registrants of the College. The CIC Board determined that the cost of joining CNPS at this time is prohibitive. The CRNBC Board concurred and withdrew its CNPS application. Learn more about liability insurance for CRNBC registrants

ORIGINAL NOTICE — POSTED APRIL 2011

The Board has agreed to withdraw its application for membership in the Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS), a national non-profit society that provides professional liability protection for its members. In 2009, CRNBC applied and was accepted for membership with CNPS. To be accepted as a member of CNPS, CNPS would require CRNBC to pay $4.96 million as a proportional contribution in addition to the annual membership fee.

In B.C., the CRNBC Captive Insurance Corporation (CIC), a subsidiary of CRNBC currently provides for professional liability and commercial general liability insurance for practising registrants of the College. The CIC Board determined that the cost of joining CNPS at this time is prohibitive. The CRNBC Board concurred and withdrew its CNPS application. Learn more about liability insurance for CRNBC registrants


Policies

Investment 
This policy provides direction to the investment manager contacted by CRNBC to manage its investment portfolio. Investment income contributes to CRNBC’s operating fund. The policy has been revised to include the amount of core funds available for investment. This amount is reviewed annually.

Accounting Practices and Standards
This policy outlines accounting practices and standards for CRNBC. In December 2010, the Board requested the Finance and Audit Committee to review the criteria for reporting variances in the quarterly financial statements. The committee recommended and the Board approved that program budget variances shall be reported when the variance is +/- $30,000.

Registration Committee Terms of Reference
Revised to provide greater clarity about the committee’s role in approving policy for review by the Board and the role of the staff liaison. Information that is duplicated in the CRNBC Bylaws has been removed from the terms of reference.

Registration Renewal and Reinstatement
Housekeeping changes and revisions to clarify continuing competence requirements and consequences for registrants who fail to meet continuing competence requirements.

Supervised Practice Experience
New policy that describes what constitutes a supervised practice experience and for whom this option is available.


Board Candidate Expectations

Expectations/competencies for registrants considering seeking election to the Board have been approved. These will assist registrants to assess their suitability for a position on the Board.


Education Program Recognized

  • Okanagan College with University of British Columbia-Okanagan Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Program. Programs recognized by CRNBC are listed in Schedule C of the CRNBC Bylaws. Because this is a new nursing education program, the Board resolved to amend Schedule C (subject to government approval) to add this program.


Committee Annual Reports

The Board received annual reports for 2010 from each of the College's statutory committees and the Awards Committee. Summaries of these reports will be included in the CRNBC annual report for 2010, which will be available online before the 2011 AGM.


Committees

Quality Assurance Committee
Colleen Regehr (Chair), Prab Gill, Carolyn Iker, Marilyn Kelly, Ed Kry, Barbara Nielsen, Janet Ray, Denise Thomas, Barb Thompson, Pat Witty

Finance and Audit Committee
Donna Murphy (Chair), Ana-Maria Hobrough (Vice-chair), Stephanie Buckingham

© CRNBC 2011

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