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After 10 Years, What's Next for Nurse Practitioners? by Mark Schultz, NP

The introduction of Nurse Practitioners in B.C has just recently passed the 10 year mark. Throughout this past decade, we have had some notable successes in NP integration - some large, some small. We're finally starting to see general acknowledgment by the Ministry of Health, the health authorities, and even some of our medical colleagues, that nurses with advanced practice education and the appropriate resources to support them can be… Read More »After 10 Years, What's Next for Nurse Practitioners? by Mark Schultz, NP

Nursing Day at the Legislature: Reflections from an RN and a Nursing Student, by Lisa Constable, RN and Jennifer Kanai

Reflections of an RN As a Registered Nurse practicing for almost 30 years Nursing Day at the Legislature on May 13th 2015 was a personal and professional highlight of my career. I have always prided myself in being someone who steps beyond their own practice setting, diving into less familiar worlds. As a nurse interacting with patients/families for most of my career I have come face-to-face with issues associated with… Read More »Nursing Day at the Legislature: Reflections from an RN and a Nursing Student, by Lisa Constable, RN and Jennifer Kanai

Back to the future – from evolution to devolution and back again, by Heather Mass, RN

As a granddaughter, daughter and mother of registered nurses (RNs) who, with me, have lived the history of nursing in B.C., and as a registered nurse who was privileged to be involved in the “Association” work of RNABC through the 1990’s and who was involved in the creation of ARNBC, it feels appropriate for me to share my thoughts on the history of nursing in this province at this time.… Read More »Back to the future – from evolution to devolution and back again, by Heather Mass, RN

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

Why We Need ARNBC: The Comox Valley Experience, By Betty Tate, Trish Sanvido and Jessie Shannon

We are saddened by the legal action BCNU has taken against ARNBC and CRNBC and have been reading with interest the comments nurses are making. We hear some nurses asking why we need three organizations to represent nursing and in particular why we need the ARNBC. The ARNBC was the impetus for us to develop a community of dedicated and passionate practicing, retired and student nurses in the Comox Valley… Read More »Why We Need ARNBC: The Comox Valley Experience, By Betty Tate, Trish Sanvido and Jessie Shannon

A Call to Cease Hostilities, by Paddy Rodney, RN

I love nursing. I loved it from the minute my feet ‘hit the ground’ as a nursing student 42 years ago and through all my clinical practice, teaching and research ever since. As I am sure is the case for most nurses reading this blog, my experiences caring for individuals, families and communities have taught me fundamental truths about what it means to be human, and I have treasured the… Read More »A Call to Cease Hostilities, by Paddy Rodney, RN

Advocacy and Unity in Action, by Pam Burton, RN

May 12, 2014 was a memorable day for nursing in British Columbia. For the first time in history, a group of 20 nurses travelled to the Legislature to launch nursing week. This was a celebratory event, bringing the family of nursing together to share our stories, and demonstrating our desire to work together with government and each other in a collaborative manner. Our group represented the whole nursing family -… Read More »Advocacy and Unity in Action, by Pam Burton, RN

Doctors Should not be a Business, by Hannah Varto, MN, NP(F)

I had a patient recently go to the Emergency Department (ED) for a pregnancy test!  It was a very expensive pregnancy test…not for her, but for our health care system.  The cost of this test came out of my pocket and yours.  I reflected about how and why our patients use the ED and the unfortunate state of our health care system. The ED has replaced general primary health care… Read More »Doctors Should not be a Business, by Hannah Varto, MN, NP(F)

Nursing Leaders Address the Need for Major Change in Health Policy, by Rob Calnan RN

On December 17, 2013, a small group of nurse leaders met in Vancouver to discuss the future of nursing in British Columbia, the challenges the profession is facing, and the need to have a stronger voice that represents the interests of the community of nursing. Much of the discussion during this meeting centred on the lack of cohesiveness among nursing groups and lack of respect that many leaders within the… Read More »Nursing Leaders Address the Need for Major Change in Health Policy, by Rob Calnan RN

Nurse Practitioners: Essential Health Care Professionals, by Carrie Murphy NP

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recently released a report entitled What’s Really Behind Canada’s Unemployed Specialists.  A subsequent Vancouver Sun article noted that the report doesn’t address whether there are too many specialists for the Canadian health care system, but does identify a number of possible reasons why newly certified specialists are having trouble finding work (i.e., competition for resources such as operating rooms, hospital beds… Read More »Nurse Practitioners: Essential Health Care Professionals, by Carrie Murphy NP