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“It’s Okay to Feel This”: Meditation and Mindfulness in Uncertain Times

"It's Okay to Feel This": Meditation and Mindfulness in Uncertain Times By Elisabeth Bailey, RN, DNP My path to mediation was a fairly well-worn one - I was suffering. My father had passed away and while grieving this loss, I was challenged by my work as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at a clinic called The Trauma Center in Boston, MA, USA. As the name implies, this clinic serves people… Read More »“It’s Okay to Feel This”: Meditation and Mindfulness in Uncertain Times

I’m Bargaining for Courage: A Director of Care’s Thoughts on Leadership in Hospice

I'm Bargaining for Courage: A Director of Care’s Thoughts on Leadership in Hospice by Jane Slemon, RN Where am I these days of global pandemic, of a virus coming towards us that may kill off those I love? Where am I as a director of care, running a hospice whose 10 beds are filled with vulnerable people, people who desperately need their own people to be close at this time… Read More »I’m Bargaining for Courage: A Director of Care’s Thoughts on Leadership in Hospice

Shining a light on nursing during COVID-19

Shining a light on nursing during COVID-19 by Scott Ramsay, RN "Health is not only to be well, but to be able to use well every power we have to use." -Florence Nightingale  Yesterday I was writing about Generalizability Theory for a term paper in a class that I am currently taking on reliability and psychometrics as part of my Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing program at the University of… Read More »Shining a light on nursing during COVID-19

Implementing Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment in BC

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Implementing Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment in B.C. by Maja Kolar, RPN MSN The Mental Health Act (MHA) mandates the involuntary treatment of people with mental health issues (MHI) in British Columbia (BC). As per the Guide to the Mental Health Act, involuntary treatment is deemed essential for circumstances involving people with MHIs experiencing impaired insight and an unwillingness to accept voluntary treatment to mitigate substantial risk of deterioration, as well as… Read More »Implementing Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment in BC

Why Canada needs a Chief Nursing Officer - Now

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Why Canada needs a Chief Nursing Officer - Now by Sonya Grypma, PhD, RN   (#CanadaCNO) As a nurse historian I love the fact that my tenure as President of the Canadian Association for Schools of Nursing runs through 2019 and 2020 – two years of historical significance for Canadian nurses.  First, the year 2019 marks 100 years of baccalaureate nursing in Canada, with the offering of the first university… Read More »Why Canada needs a Chief Nursing Officer - Now

Aligning our Public Policy Influence with the International Nursing Community

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Aligning our Public Policy Influence with the International Nursing Community by Susan Duncan, RN, BSN, MScN, PhD and Nora Whyte, RN   Beyond Healthcare to Health was the theme of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) Congress held in Singapore from June 27 to July 1, 2019. We were pleased to be among the diverse group of over 5,300 nurses from 120 countries to gain inspiration from plenary speakers and… Read More »Aligning our Public Policy Influence with the International Nursing Community

What BC Nurses Need to Know About "Death by a Million Paper Cuts"

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What BC Nurses Need to Know About "Death by a Million Paper Cuts" by Sally Thorne, PhD, RN, DSc (Hon), FAAN, FCAHS   When the Canadian National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) released its Final Report in June 2019, it referenced Canadian Indigenous peoples as “victims of a race-based genocide empowered by colonial structures.” Immediately, as Indigenous Issues columnist Tanya Talaga reported in the Vancouver… Read More »What BC Nurses Need to Know About "Death by a Million Paper Cuts"

Embracing Compassion and the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing

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Embracing Compassion and the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing by Michelle Danda, RN Being a nurse in the lower mainland of British Columbia can be tough. We are increasingly confronted with fewer resources, coupled with an expectation that somehow we will be able to do more. An important piece of providing excellent nursing care is approaching all of our patients from a place of compassion. Compassion exists in simple actions like… Read More »Embracing Compassion and the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing

Seniors Advocate Takes a Strong Stance on Housing for Seniors, by Kathryn Seely

Seniors Housing in B.C.: Affordable, Appropriate, Available is a new report launched May 21, 2015 by the Office of the Seniors Advocate. This document makes progressive and bold recommendations that will enable better care for seniors and should be reviewed, discussed and acted upon by all B.C. nurses. I was pleased to join Julie Fraser, President of ARNBC, and Patrick Chiu, RN/MPH Student and ARNBC Intern, at the release of… Read More »Seniors Advocate Takes a Strong Stance on Housing for Seniors, by Kathryn Seely