NNPBC Guiding Principles
- How can I join NNPBC?
To assist with the transition to our new membership model, NNPBC has entered into a short-term agreement with the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) to enable nurse practitioners (NPs), registered nurses (RNs) and registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs) to join NNPBC and pay for their membership when completing their 2020 registration renewal. We encourage all NPs, RNs and RPNs to take advantage of this opportunity. If you choose to join outside of the registration renewal window, you may purchase NNPBC membership by going here.
LPNs, while we were unable to make the above change due to the timing of LPN renewal, we welcome LPN members. Join here.
- What does NNPBC cost?
Annual Membership Fee NNPBC $60.00 Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) $63.65 Sub-total $123.65 GST 5% $129.83
- Can retired and student nurses be part of NNPBC?
Yes! Students will pay $30.00 + GST annually for the NNPBC fee (CNA does not allow for student membership so there will be no CNA fee) and retired members will pay $30.00 annually for NNPBC and the full CNA fee of $63.65 for a total of $93.65 + GST. To learn more, please go here.
- Can I join NNPBC and not CNA (or vice-versa)?
No, NNPBC and CNA membership are linked and we think this is a very good thing. Together NNPBC and CNA are vital linkages from your provincial to your national association. Keep in mind as well that it is through CNA that you are connected to the International Council of Nurses (ICN).
- How are the union, association and college different?
A professional association fulfills a role quite distinct from the other nursing organizations that exist in B.C. The mandates of each of the organizations is as follows:
- The regulatory college, the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM), acts on behalf of the public to ensure safe care and public safety.
- The union acts on behalf of workers primarily to secure salary, benefits and working conditions.
- The professional association, NNPBC, acts on behalf of nursing in order to advance the profession and influence health and social policy. NNPBC is also developing a suite of services for our members to utilize practice support, gain access to educational opportunities and to tap into discounts on the everyday items that nurses need in order to get their jobs done.
- If I was part of ARNBC am I automatically part of NNPBC?
No, NNPBC and ARNBC are distinct organizations. To be part of NNPBC, and to take advantage of our programs and services, you must join NNPBC directly. Not yet a member, join here.
- How do I login to the membership section of the website?
To login to the members only pages, simply click the 'login' button located at the far right of the main menu bar. Login with your email address. If this is your first login, please sign in with the temporary password you were sent. Upon singing in you’ll be able to change the password.
- How can I get access to Perkopolis?
We're glad you asked. This is a great service that offers huge savings for anyone who joins. The savings are so great that your yearly NNPBC membership is paid just through using a few deals! That said, in order to access Perkopolis you must first join NNPBC. Once you have joined, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for your perks passcode..
- Why does B.C. have a single nursing association when other provinces don't?
B.C.'s four nursing designations, RNs, LPNs, NPs and RPNs, have been collaborating closely since 2013 on the BC Coalition of Nursing Associations (BCCNA or the Coalition). This collaboration has been ground-breaking in demonstrating the importance of collaboration and nursing unity to strengthen the profession. B.C. is leading this change and in fact inspired our Canadian Nurses Association colleagues to change their bylaws to allow for all nursing designations.
- How does a single professional association benefit the profession?
There are approximately 55,000 nurses in the province right now. This represents the largest group of healthcare providers in the province (and in fact nurses represent the largest healthcare workforce in the world). Working together, nurses can achieve systemic change and NNPBC is in the best position to ensure this happens. Working collaboratively, with integrity and transparency, NNPBC focuses on making sure that the nursing voice is heard in all matters of health and public policy. Because we represent the interests and needs of all nurses, NNPBC ensures that a united nursing voice is presented.
- Why do each of the four organizations have equal representation on the board when the numbers of nurses in each designation are so different? Why not proportional representation?
Equal representation, regardless of the numbers of nurses working in each designation, is a very important part of an effective and fair Board and is based on having a strong voice. Whether there are 500 NPs or 40,000 RNs, it is so important to the smooth running of the organization, that each designation has an equal and valued voice at the table and in our decision-making processes.
It's also important to note that the representatives from each of the councils who sit at the NNPBC Board table bring forward issues and ideas from their respective councils. When the Board sits at the NNPBC ‘table’ they hear all issues and ensure that the response that goes forward is based on a united nursing voice. This in turn strengthens the position of the designation that has brought forward the issue by allowing all of nursing to provide a collective response on the issue.
- Why do we need any professional associations if the BC Nurses' Union effectively represents all nurses and advocates for us?
Although there is some overlap, professional associations differ from unions in that they provide guidance to the professional members and to government on issues relevant to the profession such as use of evidence-based initiatives, policies and advancement of the profession as a whole.
Important to note that not all nurses are represented by BCNU. For example, nurse practitioners, most nurses in management, administration, education, government, or nurses who belong to other unions (e.g. RPNs in the Health Sciences Association) and independent business owners (e.g. foot care nurses) are not BCNU members.
- What role do the Councils play in comparison to the role of the NNPBC Board of Directors?
Each of the four Councils plays an important role in supporting, advocating and setting strategic policy direction for their designations. Councils consist of elected representatives from their relevant designations and have autonomy over how many elected representatives sit on the council and which regions/areas they represent. The Councils communicate and work with each of the other Councils on a routine basis around shared issues and opportunities through the NNPBC Board of Directors and staff. The four Councils will also work together, with the NNPBC Board and staff to address issues and support their designation through NNPBC initiatives, programs and services.
- Has there been any consideration to adding Care Aides to the organization?
This has absolutely been considered and is on our radar. Discussions will continue.
- How do I become part of my designation Council or the NNPBC Board?
Elections will be held every spring for Council positions (staggered by year). Each Council term is for a two-year period. The call for nominations typically goes out in the early spring and we welcome all nurses, of every designation, to run for a position on their Council. Each Council may also decide to include additional Councillors, such as public reps, students, etc. (up to a maximum 15 per Council). Keep your eye open for the election call and be sure to submit your nomination. Every single Councillor is welcome to seek appointment to the Board (two per Council), following the terms of reference of their Council.