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February 2011



College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia

A summary of decisions made by the CRNBC Board on February 11, 2011

CRNBC Board Highlights 


Nurse Practitioner Scope of

Practice Revised

Following a full five-year review, the Board approved a revised Scope of Practice for Nurse Practitioners: Standards, Limits and Conditions, effective March 13, 2011. It replaces the three scope of practice documents that were developed in 2005 for each of the three streams of nurse practitioner practice (family, adult, pediatric). Find out More

The Board also approved adding Additional Views for Chest X-rays and Nuchal Translucency Ultrasound to the list of imaging services that nurse practitioners can order as of March 15, 2011.

Nursing Excellence Awards

On the recommendation of the Awards Committee, the CRNBC Board approved the names of 33 registrants who will receive CRNBC Nursing Excellence Awards at a ceremony in Vancouver on April 7, 2011. Awards will be presented in seven categories.

CNA Memorial Book Nomination

CRNBC has nominated former B.C. minister of health planning Sindi Hawkins for inclusion in the Canadian Nurses Association Memorial Book. Before entering provincial politics as a Liberal MLA for Okanagan West in 1996 (and later Kelowna-Mission), Hawkins was a registered nurse, working in general duty, intensive care and education. She was one of the first RNs in Canada to be certified in neuroscience nursing by the CNA. She later became a lawyer with an interest in medical-legal issues. During her tenure as minister of health planning, Hawkins was responsible for a long term strategy to educate more nurses and doctors. In 2004, Hawkins was diagnosed with leukemia. She retired from politics in 2008 and died in 2010 at age 52.

Bylaw Amendments

Electoral District Boundaries
As CRNBC no longer has electoral district boundaries, Schedule A: Electoral District Boundaries has been repealed from the College’s Bylaws.

The following bylaw amendment proposed by the CRNBC Board requires government approval. The proposed amendment is posted on the CRNBC website.

Removal of an Elected Board Member
In order to be consistent with the Health Professions Act, the Board approved an amendment to Section 1.09(2) of the CRNBC Bylaws to enable the Board to remove an elected board member from office by "at least a two-thirds vote of the board members voting on the resolution." Registrants can remove an elected board member at an annual or special general meeting through a special resolution (three-quarters vote of those persons present and eligible to vote).

Board Policies

Board Review Panel
The Board Review Panel, composed of members of the CRNBC Board, is responsible for reviewing
requests from applicants regarding decisions on certified practice designation (Bylaw 4.21), examination writings after three failures (Bylaw 4.23.4) and nurse practitioner examination results (Bylaw 4.24). In 2010, the size of the CRNBC Board was reduced to 14 members and an amendment to section 1.14 (15) of the CRNBC Bylaws changed the number of board members required for a panel from six to three. Accordingly, the Board has revised the Board Review Panel’s terms of reference to reflect this change in the size of a panel. More on the Board Review Panel can be found in the CRNBC 2009 Annual Report.

Education Program Review Committee
On the recommendation of the Education Program Review Committee, the Board approved revisions to the nursing education standards with related indicators used to review and recognize entry-level and re-entry registered nurse and nurse practitioner education programs, as well as qualifying courses. The committee completed extensive consultation and document analysis to recommend significant changes that align with CRNBC authority to review and recognize nursing educations programs and courses for the purposes of registration. Graduates of nursing education programs recognized by CRNBC are eligible to proceed in the registration process. The revised nursing education standards and indicators come into effect on May 1, 2011.

Recognition Awards
On the recommendation of the Awards Committee, the Board approved revisions to the Award Eligibility and Nominations Policy that set parameters for the amount of supporting material that may be submitted for a candidate who is nominated for a CRNBC Nursing Excellence Award. The Awards Committee is responsible for reviewing all award nominations packages, which can each contain 20-60 pages of content. In 2009 and 2010, the committee reviewed 40 and 37 nomination packages respectively. The committee felt that establishing minimum and maximum requirements for supporting materials would reduce the number of pages that needed to be reviewed, but would still provide enough information on which to make a decision.

A housekeeping revision to the criteria for the Award of Excellence in Nursing Education was also approved by the Board to improve clarity.

Recognitions Plaques
Recognition Plaques may be presented to any CRNBC registrant deemed worthy of recognition by their peers or colleagues. Plaques are available from CRNBC upon request. The Board approved the following changes in policy:

  • By signing a nomination form those supporting the nomination of an individual for a recognition plaque would attest that the individual practised or practises according the CRNBC Standards of Practice.
  • That recognition plaques no longer be awarded to groups of registrants as in doing so the plaque becomes a CRNBC endorsement of an entity.

Strategic Plan

A "dashboard" provides an "at-a-glance" perspective on the current status of an organization in relation to predetermined metrics, such as cost, time, requirements, risks and customer satisfaction. As reported in December 2010, the Board approved key performance indicators for the Board's dashboard, which facilitates an at-a-glance assessment of compliance with legislative and board requirements as well as areas of risk and success. At its February 2011 meeting, the Board approved key performance indicators for a strategic plan dashboard, which will be used in evaluating progress towards the goals of the College's strategic plan.

Education Programs Recognized

  • Masters of Science in Nursing-Nurse Practitioner (Family) Program offered by the University of Northern British Columbia.
  • Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Program offered by Vancouver Community College.
  • Graduate Nurse Internationally Educated (GNIE) Re-entry Program offered by Kwantlen Polytechnic University.


  • Education Program Review Committee: Lois Felkar and Pamela Thorsteinsson
  • 2011 CRNBC Awards Ceremony Co-chairs: Chilwin Cheng and Ana-Maria Hobrough

© CRNBC 2011

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