UPDATE, January 13, 2013: The discussion around nurse practitioners in B.C. continues to evolve on the Globe and Mail Website. On January 11, 2013, Dr. Ross submitted a Letter to the Editor [Click here to view] querying whether or not the 'numbers add up'. Subsequentlly, Rosemary Graham, BCNPA President, has shared the following message with ARNBC [Click here to view]. The BCNPA would like to hear the views of nurses, colleagues and the public about nurse practitioners in British Columbia. We welcome your thoughts and views in the comment section of this blog.
On January 5, 2013, the Globe & Mail published an excellent article by Rod Mickleburgh entitled “Are Nurse Practitioners the cure for B.C.'s family doctor shortage”. [Click here to view]
This timely and informative article included comments from Rosemary Graham, President of the BC Nurse Practitioner Association (BCNPA) as well as Shelley Ross, President of the British Columbia Medical Association (BCMA). In great part due to Dr. Ross' comments, the article has received more than 80 comments and sparked broad discussion in British Columbia and across Canada. ARNBC chose to write a Letter to the Editor to highlight our concerns over the comments attributed to Shelley Ross and the BCMA. To read ARNBC's Letter to the Editor, click here.
To further the discussion, on January 7, 2013, Rosemary Graham and Shelley Ross were interviewed on CKNW's Simi Sara Show. Click here to listen to the full audio of both interviews, and the comments made by callers. [Listen to mp3.]
ARNBC is proud to be a partner and friend of the BC Nurse Practitioner Association, and we encourage all nurses and all British Columbians to learn more about the important role nurse practitioners can play in improving the health of individuals and communities across the province. Recently ARNBC partnered with the BCNPA and the Canadian Nurses Association on the www.npnow.ca campaign to raise awareness of NPs in the province. Visit our NP Page to view materials and information from the campaign.
Visit the BCNPA website for more information on nurse practitioners, or to download their Position Statement on Nurse Practitioners in Primary Care.
ARNBC will continue to advocate in support of strong, collaborative healthcare teams that are led by the most appropriate healthcare professional - whether that is a nurse practitioner, a physician, a registered nurse, a physiotherapist, an LPN, a midwife or another health provider.
The Association of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (ARNBC) is a professional organization that provides a unified voice for registered nurses and nurse practitioners in the development of health, nursing and public policy that advances the health of British Columbians.
We welcome comments on this or any other blogpost!