Using Nursing Insights to Inform the MAiD Conversation by Barb Pesut, RN Since federal legislation in June 2016 made Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) a legal health care option in Canada, patients and health care systems have been learning a lot about what this new practice implies, and what we need to know as a society to ensure that it is managed well. As of the most recent interim report,… Read More »Using Nursing Insights to Inform the MAiD Conversation
Nursing at the Policy Table: Are we at the Table or on the Menu? by Patrick Chiu MPH, BScN, RN Nursing has a long and proud history of promoting health, preventing disease and injury, and addressing the social determinants of health that are so influential to the health and well-being of individuals and communities. However, as we reflect on the past and present, and recognize the tremendous history and contributions… Read More »Nursing at the Policy Table: Are we at the Table or on the Menu?
My Experiences and Recommendations for supporting IENs by Laxmi Regmi Kaphle, RN Canada has been welcoming immigrants for centuries, and as a result, millions of people from around the globe get to live, work, and play in a diverse, inclusive and vibrant multicultural society, where the whole world can be experienced in one place. Canada also has a long history of attracting and recruiting internationally educated nurses (IENs). During the… Read More »My Experiences and Recommendations for supporting IENs
Use Your Voice! Use Your Vote! by Zak Matieschyn, BSN, MN, RN, NP(Family) I bet every nurse in the province is celebrating the return of warm weather, sunny days and the end of what was for many a frustrating and long winter. For me, one of the big changes coming in the next few months is the end of my presidency of ARNBC and all that comes with that –… Read More »Use Your Voice! Use Your Vote!
Healthy Baby Feeding Initiative for Vulnerable Populations by Shauna Mc Goldrick and Viktorija Glambinskaite, BSN Students As nursing students with a passion for public health and health promotion, we were incredibly fortunate to work with Sheway during our public health promotion clinical placement at Vancouver Community College. Sheway is a Pregnancy Outreach Program located in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver (DTES) that provides health and social service supports to pregnant… Read More »Healthy Baby Feeding Initiative for Vulnerable Populations
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
During my four years in the Kwantlen BSN program, I have had placements in various clinical areas which have enabled me to work with different populations in multiple specialities. While these learning opportunities have been invaluable, until my final preceptorship, it never really occurred to me how necessary it was for nursing schools to offer learning opportunities outside of the clinical setting. In my final semester, I was given an… Read More »Nurses Aren’t Just Clinicians, by Katherine Villegas, RN
When Judy, a registered nurse, moved to B.C. in the late 1990’s, she arrived having taken a foot care course from a Podiatrist in Ontario. In fact, she had been practicing in Ontario as a foot care nurse for 10 years before moving to B.C. On her arrival to register with what was then the RNABC, they told her they had never heard of a foot care nurse working for… Read More »Innovation Series: Advancing Foot Care Nursing in B.C. One Step at a Time, by Sandra Tetrault, RN
My Experience with SNAP: Political Engagement and Keeping Perspective, by Cedar McMechan BSN Student
As students, we are fed many different messages about nursing. Entering the profession, we’re told it is going to be hard and push our limits. We’re told that school will overwhelm us (but don’t forget self-care!). It’ll be a catalyst for transformation and growth. We’re told to persevere and that, in the end, the reward will out-weigh the struggle. As we learn more about the profession of nursing, our reasons… Read More »My Experience with SNAP: Political Engagement and Keeping Perspective, by Cedar McMechan BSN Student
In the first six months of this year, 371 British Columbians died due to an overdose. This is a 74.2% increase from the previous year. Almost one quarter of these deaths are people in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opiod was detected alone or in combination with other drugs in up to 60% of overdose deaths. Frequently, people consume Fentanyl unknowingly. Overdose deaths are now the… Read More »Overdose Deaths in B.C. - Time to Scale up Supervised Consumption Services, by Dr. Bernie Pauly, RN