Beginning the week of February 19th, 2012, ARNBC will set out to consult with as many nurses as possible across the province. This is your opportunity to join a face-to-face meeting in your area, participate in a videoconference, or send your ideas and thoughts to our dedicated consultations website. Now is the time for RNs across B.C. to come together and share your ideas of what you’d like the ARNBC to do and be. How can we help you? Your voice is our strength!
By ARNBC Consultations' Facilitator Barb Reece, RN
My name is Barb (Findlay) Reece, and I’m writing to welcome you to the ARNBC consultation process and tell you a bit about myself. I hope to meet many of you face to face and over the next few months, or hear your voices through email, blog entries and ‘tweets’ if we don’t manage to connect in person. Working as a member of the Monkeytree Creative consulting team who is supporting the Association with this initiative, my main role is to facilitate respectful and productive conversations with groups of you across the province, during consultation sessions scheduled for the communities where you live and work.
A registered nurse for 30+ years, I have worn several hats in the course of my career – clinician, educator, administrator, and researcher. I have worked mostly in B.C. and for shorter periods in Alberta and Virginia. My jobs have included working as an ER staff nurse, as an educator in a community hospital, and as executive director for a non-profit organization committed to developing a model for integrative health care delivery, as a nurse-leader for a provincial telenursing service, and as director of a research program on creating ‘optimal healing environments’. Multidisciplinary teamwork, interprofessional relationships, and ‘integrative health care’ have been strong threads through much of my career, and recurrent themes through my speaking, teaching and publications.
I have worked both ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ of our health care system and have learned to value diversity through some wonderful real-world experiences (and through the notorious ‘school of hard knocks’!) I recognize that despite sharing certain common ground, health professionals can hold a vast range of perspectives on a single issue. As a seasoned change agent, I am drawn to lead initiatives designed to improve the patient experience, and believe that innovation is often born out of hardship. I am hopeful that our society has already begun the difficult transformation from a disease-based orientation to care and services, towards a prevention-based, whole person approach to health and healing, and that nursing, as a profession, is getting ready to lead the way.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Barb Findlay Reece has worn several hats in the course of her healthcare career – registered nurse, educator, administrator and researcher/writer. From 2005 through 2007, she was a vice president at the Samueli Institute in Alexandria, Virginia, providing leadership for a research program on ‘optimal healing environments’. She held a senior leadership position with the BC NurseLine (now HealthLink BC), a BC Ministry of Health telenursing initiative and served as executive director at the Tzu Chi Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Barb’s background also includes 20+ years as a staff nurse in a variety of settings, including inner-city emergency rooms, and as an educator for patients and health professionals in a community hospital setting. She has been an adjunct professor in the School of Nursing at the University of BC, is a frequent presenter on the issues surrounding integrative health care in Canada, and has co-authored a number of reports and peer-reviewed articles on this topic.
NOTE: We thank everyone for your interest and comments on this blog. Keep them coming and remember to check out the Consultations webpage at http://www.arnbc.ca/consultations/. The FAQs and other documents may help to answer some of these important questions.