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Standing Together in a Time of Uncertainty

Standing Together in a Time of Uncertainty by Tania Dick, RN, MN My first President’s update comes at a time when our province is in a great deal of turmoil, which makes sitting down to gather my thoughts, emotions, and reflections a struggle - my nursing self wants to constantly be doing something to help. As nurses we need to almost be a CTAS 1 before we’re still, which is… Read More »Standing Together in a Time of Uncertainty

Innovation Series: The Nancy Chan Palliative Care Ambulatory Clinic

Innovation Series: The Nancy Chan Palliative Care Ambulatory Clinic by Ingrid See, RN A legacy. Something that will benefit patients and families who are living at home with a life limiting illness." These were the thoughts of Erica Chan, daughter of Nancy Chan, and a member of a prominent Vancouver family who has made significant donations throughout the city to support arts, healthcare, and education. When Erica approached the Vancouver… Read More »Innovation Series: The Nancy Chan Palliative Care Ambulatory Clinic

The Opioid Crisis Can’t Be Just a Headline for the Nursing Profession

Please note, this post originally appeared on the ARNBC Blog in December 2016. It is shared with permission.  The Opioid Crisis Can't Be Just a Headline for the Nursing Profession by Zak Matieschyn, BSN, MN, RN, NP(Family) I've had some great experiences during my year and a half as ARNBC president, but one will stand out for me long after my presidency ends. This week, I and a group of… Read More »The Opioid Crisis Can’t Be Just a Headline for the Nursing Profession

The Challenges of Working in Rural Health, by Michael Sandler, RN

Approximately eighty five percent of British Columbians live and work in a city or within a short distance of a town that has a population of at least 1,000 residents. This has an important impact on healthcare as certain services can only be found in cities and towns with a large population base. If you live in a large or even moderate sized city, and you need to navigate through… Read More »The Challenges of Working in Rural Health, by Michael Sandler, RN

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 Stepping up to Support New Syrian-Canadians, by Maylene Fong, RN

The last report from the United Nation Refugee Agency estimates that 4.3 million Syrians have been externally displaced as a result of civil war in their homeland. That is roughly the population of B.C. Media coverage of the refugee crisis gives us the tiniest glimpse into the desperation faced by Syrian families who have been forced to leave their homes, families and friends in search of safety. For many Canadians,… Read More »Nursing Stepping up to Support New Syrian-Canadians, by Maylene Fong, RN

Tools of the Trade, by Lori Campbell, RN

If Michelle Collins and Joy Behar of The View have learned anything in the last two days, I hope it’s that their flippant comments were misinformed and hurtful – not to mention targeted to a group of professionals who have committed their lives, passion, knowledge and skills to caring for people just like them. If you haven’t seen it yet, these two hostesses of The View were commenting on Miss… Read More »Tools of the Trade, by Lori Campbell, RN

President's Message: Looking Forward, by Zak Matieschyn, BSN, MN, RN, NP(Family)

I am honoured to write my first President’s Message to the registered nurses and nurse practitioners of British Columbia who have entrusted me to lead the Association over the next two years. I look forward to the challenge ahead with excitement at the potential that exists for the Association and nursing to make transformative changes in the healthcare system, the nursing profession and the lives of individual RNs and NPs. The… Read More »President's Message: Looking Forward, by Zak Matieschyn, BSN, MN, RN, NP(Family)

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