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Strategic plan

2013–2015 strategic plan


Regulate registered nurses and nurse practitioners in the public interest.

What we want to be known for

  • Right-touch regulation in the public interest
  • Building and maintaining the credibility of the nursing profession
  • Leadership and influence 
  • Partnership and collaboration

How we do it

As a relational regulator, CRNBC builds positive relationships by being transparent, respectful, inclusive, and accessible.

CRNBC’s philosophy of relational regulation* is based on the following principles:


Right-touch Regulation: minimum regulatory force required to achieve a desired result


Just Culture: develop and deliver programs to help nurses make safe choices and learn from mistakes


Collaborative Self-regulation: enhance the individual professional and strengthen their contribution to the inter-professional team


Principles-based Approach: supports that encourage nurses to use their professional judgement


Continuing Professional Development: promote the enhancement of professional practice to benefit both the public and the nurse

*Relational regulation means that we believe it is possible to build genuine relationships with nurses and other stakeholders, while at the same time, regulate effectively in the public interest. Public protection and safety is our utmost concern, and we believe we can best achieve this through collaborative approaches with nurses and the health care community.

Relational regulation implies

  • We build strong relationships with nurses, the public and other stakeholders.
  • We keep things simple and communicate in easy-to-understand language.
  • We accept that mistakes happen and believe that open conversations with nurses and the health care community assists us in finding ways to promote safety and reduce risks. 
  • We use the right amount of regulation needed and only use it when necessary.
  • We use principles, rather than rules, to guide nursing regulation. 

Strategic t​hemes


CRNBC is a r​elational nursing regulator.

As a result, we maintain our right to self-regulation for RNs and NPs, relational regulation is reflected in our programs and services, and other regulators emulate us.


CRNBC puts​ the public interest first.

As a result, we focus on regulatory work and make decisions based on public needs and societal expectations


CRNBC delivers a positive stakeholder experience.

As a result, our stakeholders understand our role, staff deliver customer service that is timely and relevant, and stakeholders believe and trust that we are genuine in our relationships.

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