2012 Awards of ExcellenceNominations due Sept. 30, 2011
2010/11 Annual Report
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CRNBC Board Highlights
The College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia and the Canadian Nurses Association sign AgreementThe College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) and the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) are pleased to announce a joint agreement which provides for CRNBC to assign its jurisdictional membership in CNA to CNA and maintain the voice of British Columbia registered nurses and nurse practitioners at the national level on health, nursing and social policy matters. The agreement is effective August 31, 2011.
The College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia and the Canadian Nurses Association sign Agreement
CRNBC registrants will continue to be represented on the CNA Board of Directors by a B.C. registered nurse and at the CNA Annual Meeting through voting delegate(s) from British Columbia. The process for this representation will be determined by CNA. In addition, all CRNBC registrants currently receiving CNA benefits will continue to do so; these include receiving the Canadian Nurse, access to the member only section of NurseOne, discounts on certification examinations, and eligibility for all other CNA member benefits.
CRNBC will continue to collect CNA fees from registrants at initial registration and registration renewal and will transfer these fees to CNA as is done now in accordance with CRNBC’s Bylaws.
The decision by the CRNBC Board in April 2010 to no longer be a member of CNA was not taken lightly. It was considered necessary in light of concerns about the incompatibility between CRNBC’s and CNA’s respective mandates and functions since 2005 when CRNBC was established as a health profession college under the British Columbia Health Professions Act.
CRNBC is proud of the work that CNA has done on behalf of Canadian nurses and is confident that B.C.’s registered nurses and nurse practitioners will continue to benefit from, and contribute to, CNA’s work in the years to come.Got Questions?CRNBC Registrar/CEO Laurel Brunke will be available by teleconference on the following dates and times to respond to questions from registrants about this agreement or you can send questions by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The following is a summary of decisions made by the CRNBC Board on June 9, 2011
Duty to Report Practice Standard revisedThe Board approved revisions to the Duty to Report Practice Standard, which includes registrants’ duty to report incompetent or impaired practice or unethical conduct of regulated health professionals. The revised practice standard:
The revised Duty to Report Practice Standard takes effect July 9, 2011.
Multisource feedback added to Quality Assurance Program
The QA Program for Registrants builds on CRNBC’s Continuing Competence Program. It is intended to promote high practice standards for registered nurses and nurse practitioners in B.C. and direct action when Standards of Practice are not met.
Implementation of Multisource Feedback is expected to begin in fiscal 2012/13. An implementation plan for this process is being developed and updates will be communicated regularly.
Proposed Bylaw AmendmentsThe following bylaw amendment proposed by the CRNBC Board is posted on the CRNBC website and requires government approval:
Quality AssuranceProposed amendments to authorize:
The following bylaw amendments have been filed with government:
The Board approved minor housekeeping changes to keep the CRNBC Bylaws consistent with recent changes to the name of the Ministry of Health Services, to update a reference to a specific Act (the Public Health Act) referred to in the CRNBC Bylaws and to rectify an omission of a specific section reference in section 4.15 of the Bylaws.
Assessment of Nursing Education Policy has been renamed Assessment of Canadian Applicants Including B.C. Graduates. Revisions include:
Assessment of Internationally Educated Nurses (Competence to practice as a registered nurse)Revised to clarify that the Registration Committee reviews written submissions from internationally educated nurse applicants who have been out of practice for greater than 10 years.
English Language Fluency RequirementRevised to incorporate work done by a national task force of nursing regulators looking at the issue of English fluency, including specifying which tests are accepted, the scores required and removing the option to mix and match test scores. The revised policy takes effect July 1, 2011.
FeesRevised to better direct decisions about how and when fees paid by registrants are either waived or refunded.
Recognition Award Eligibility and NominationsThe deadline date for nominations for CRNBC Awards of Excellence has been changed from the last Friday in October to the last Friday in September to better facilitate the Awards Committee work. Due to the increase in nominations in recent years, the committee requires more time to review the nominations. The benefit of this change for award nominators is that the names of award recipients will be announced following the December Board meeting instead of after the February Board meeting. The deadline for submitting nominations for the 2012 CRNBC Awards of Excellence is Friday, September 30, 2011.
Board DevelopmentTo contribute to the ongoing development of current and future board members, exiting board members will be asked to complete a self-assessment review form in preparation for a discussion with the Board Chair or Board Development Committee.
The Board Development Committee is responsible for board orientation and assisting the Board in evaluating its effectiveness and in identifying learning opportunities for board members.
Certified Practices Approval CommitteeDr. Shona Johansen
Education Program Review CommitteeElizabeth Elliot (Chair), Sandra Kioke (Vice-chair), Lois Felkar, Pamela Thorsteinsson
Inquiry CommitteeDonna Bentham, Michelle Grant, Michael MacDougall
Registration CommitteeShelly Evans, Jocelyn Stanton, Wei Li
CRNBC Captive Insurance CorporationAnne Gavey, Ana-Maria Hobrough, Sharry Hodgson
Earlier this year, CRNBC contracted with a consultant to develop of a draft regulatory philosophy and framework for CRNBC. In addition to doing an analysis of the literature, the consultant is meeting with key stakeholders.
In June, the consultant held a focus group with the CRNBC Board. Board members discussed trends that are having an impact on nursing and other professional regulation and how these might impact the work of CRNBC. They also considered where CRNBC ought to be in the “continuum of regulatory practice.” The consultant described this as “regulation in general along a continuum from one end that is more protection oriented – seeking to minimize if not eliminate all possible risks – to the other end which is more laissez-faire – relying on the parties to any given encounter to assess the risks and benefits and act accordingly.”
The Board is expected to consider the consultant’s final report in April 2012.
2011 Annual General Meeting and Annual Report
Annual General MeetingThe Annual General Meeting of CRNBC was held June 10, 2011 at the College’s offices in Vancouver. A total of 30 voting participants attended the AGM either in person or by audio webcast. The report from the Board was presented by CRNBC Board Chair Pam Ratner. No resolutions were put forward.
Annual Report CRNBC's Annual Report summarizes the College's performance and activities for 2010/11. It also describes CRNBC's regulatory role in public protection and provides the auditor's financial report.
© CRNBC 2011
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