The CRNBC says it has no obligation to listen to the voice of registrants as it asserts authority under the Health Professions Act to act unilaterally.
CRNBC is covering itself by giving registrants the option of ticking a box which says you do not want to be a member of ARNBC. However, a portion of your fees will still be transferred to ARNBC and you will not receive any benefits through the Canadian Nurses Association, such as receiving the magazine or seeking CNA specialty certification.
The BC Nurses’ Union has some concerns about the independence of the ARNBC and their ability to advocate for what is best for front line nurses. Their leaders are predominantly excluded managers/practitioners or academics. BCNU will continue to take action on the basis that we are best suited to act on behalf of our members, whether this is through labour relations, policy, education or professional practice.
Below are key points you may wish to use to express your concern directly to CRNBC, ARNBC and the Canadian Nurses Association.
To CRNBC: Cynthia Johansen, Registrar/CEO, email@example.com and Mary Kjorvan, Chair of the Board, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Express concern that you haven’t been offered a fee reduction due to the accumulation of monies in the insurance fund• Express concern that, if you elect not to become a member of ARNBC your fees are being redirected to ARNBC anyway, without providing any options, for example, redirecting the money to a charity of your choice
To Canadian Nurses Association: Karima A Velji, President, email@example.com and cc Anne Sutherland Boal, CEO, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Express concern regarding lack of options for BC nurses to be members of CNA• Ask why nurses in Ontario and Quebec may become members directly without having to belong to a provincial association and why this opportunity is not extended to any Registered Nurse in Canada
To ARNBC: Julie Fraser, President, email@example.com and cc: Joy Peacock, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Ask that ARNBC follow the lead of Quebec and Ontario and support RNs who want to have the option of becoming members of CNA directly, without having to be a member of a provincial association• Say that as you do not want to be a member of ARNBC, you want the option of having the fees directed to a charity of your choice.
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