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Professional boundaries

Professional boundaries Barb Wilson I work on an acute psychiatric unit. One of the registered nurses I work with took a patient home with her for a weekend pass. The patient had no family or friends nearby and had nowhere to go. My colleague says she is just being supportive and caring, and helping the […]

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Advanced Nursing Practice: Enter the Nurse Practitioner

Advanced Nursing Practice: Enter the Nurse Practitioner Griffiths, Helen A key factor in planning for the nurse practitioner role at the St. Paul’s Heart Centre was role clarity among advanced practice cardiology nurses. Initially, the clinical nurse specialists had to be confident in their own understanding of the role. Then they needed to be able […]

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In brief: Nurse practitioners / Awards program / CNA resolutions

In brief: Nurse practitioners / Awards program / CNA resolutions / Mandatory helmet use Nurse Practitioners As a partner with the Ministry of Health Planning to introduce nurse practitioners in B.C.’s health care system (see page 25), RNABC is responsible for developing the competencies for nurse practitioners and registering nurses to practise as nurse practitioners. […]

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Team work = success

Team work = success The base of operations for RNABC’s workplace representatives is the health care agency in which they work. Key to their success is support from their employers and management liaisons. “The philosophy behind RNABC’s Workplace Representative Roam is the real motivator for me in supporting the program,” says Linda Dempster, patient services […]

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Improving the Practice Environment: What’s happening? What’s working?

Improving the Practice Environment: What’s happening? What’s working? Winslow, Wendy In 2002, RNABC developed the Guidelines for a Quality Practice Environment for Registered Nurses in British Columbia in response to registered nurses’ concerns that they were unable to consistently meet the Standards for Registered Nursing Practice in British Columbia because of deficiencies in their practice […]

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Patient Safety Requires Responsibility and Accountability

Patient Safety Requires Responsibility and Accountability Priest, Alicia After observing the negative effects that repeated restructuring within the health care system was having on registered nurses’ abilities to maintain their Standards of Practice, CRNBC workplace representative Lynne Smith organized an education session to reinforce nurses’ responsibility and accountability for their own practice. Some people were […]

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Board Policies Reviewed

Board Policies Reviewed As part of the preparation for RNABC to become the College of Registered Nurses of B.C. later this year, the Board of Directors is in the process of reviewing policies that will require approval of the Board of the new College. Education Approval Program The proposed bylaws for the new College prepared […]

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Telephone advice

Telephone advice Willson, Barbara I’m a registered nurse in the emergency unit at a small hospital. I receive many calls from people asking for advice about how to manage their health problems. Should registered nurses agree to give advice to people over the phone? Rigistered nurses can give telephone advice if they have the iecessary […]

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Pediatric asthma

Pediatric asthma Jefferson, Rosella It seems asthma is more of a problem for children today. Is this so and how should asthma in children be managed? Although a topic of some controversy among clinicians, statistics from many countries indicate that the diagnosis of asthma is more common in the last 10 years (Kuster & Pecenka-Johnson, […]

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A home of our own

A home of our own Gas, Beverly Witter Du It’s time to party! The reason? We have been promised a home of our own. Vancouver City Council has designated Vancouver General Hospital’s Heather Pavilion as a Heritage Building and space has been promised in it for a nursing archival museum. In fact, the main reason […]