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Report highlights benefits of forming a new integrated nursing college

posted May 20, 2016

As previously announced, the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of B.C. (CRPNBC) and the College of Registered Nurses of B.C. (CRNBC) are working toward forming a common regulatory body to replace our existing organizations.

A report, completed by Western Management Consultants (WMC) earlier this year, confirms a number of benefits of forming a single nursing college. This business case was commissioned by our boards (as well as the board of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of B.C.) to explore the advantages, risks and benefits of forming a single regulatory body. In the coming months, CRPNBC and CRNBC will launch a consultation process to get feedback from the nursing community and other stakeholders.

Business case serves as a foundation for next steps

The benefits of a single organization include increased operational efficiencies, a more coordinated approach to public protection and a unified single point of contact for the public, nurses and other stakeholders. The report also identifies potential challenges and risks, including the need to safeguard the distinctiveness of each nursing designation and effectively manage the considerable change it would pose for some stakeholders.

Our organizations’ respective boards firmly believe joining together will generate significant benefits for the public we serve as well as the nursing community. A common regulatory body for registered psychiatric nurses, registered nurses and nurse practitioners will help protect the public more effectively through quality regulation that is more integrated, efficient and effective.

Our two organizations have agreed the distinct professional designations and roles of each nursing discipline will be maintained and decision making authority in the newly formed regulatory body will not be based on the size of each discipline but equal representation in the governance structure.

A consultation process will help shape the new organization

Consultation and input from a wide range of stakeholders is critical. We understand there may be questions and concerns among nurses and others we work with. Together, we will be launching a consultation process to ensure we hear from everyone who would like to provide feedback.

In the coming weeks, we will be providing a number of opportunities for you to provide your input:

  • Discussions at the CRPNBC and CRNBC Annual General Meetings (join in person or by webcast)
  • An online survey that will be sent to each registrant
  • Focus groups, webinars and/or town halls

Your thoughts?

In the meantime, if you have questions or feedback we welcome you to contact us:

Cynthia Johansen
College of Registered Nurses of B.C.
Kyong-ae Kim
College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of B.C.



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