ARNPEI Council Meeting, December 2, 2011
The President provided highlights from the November CNA Board meeting including information on the lobby on “The Hill” with MPs, activities related to the Health Accord, and an overview of CNA’s expert commissions. The following documents are available on the CNA website www.cna-aiic.ca- CNA’s decision-making framework on staff-mix and position statements on midwifery and interprofessional collaboration. As part of the CNA cross-country tour CNA conducted an on-site visit to PEI November 29-30, 2011 which included visiting with Harbourside Family Health Centre (Summerside) and the UPEI School of Nursing; a meeting with the Deputy Minister of Health; a leadership luncheon and a general assembly with membership.
ARNPEI Strategic Plan:
A copy of the five-year strategic plan was circulated; ARNPEI’s tag line is RNs: Expertise you Trust. Helen Flynn is having focus groups throughout the province to review the outcomes of the strategic plan and to prioritize the objectives into three to four goals to be accomplished. Each participant attending a focus group will be entered into a draw for an iPad 2.
Professional Conduct Review:
Elaine Blanchard was appointed as Investigator; Christina Murray and Tara Walsh were appointed as Committee members. Updates were provided on current PCR cases.
Canadian Registered Nurse Examination (CRNE):
Currently, 10 jurisdictional regulators use the CRNE as the entry-level exam for new graduates. Over the past number of years CNA commissioned studies on options for moving to computer-based testing; however a consensus on the nature and model of a computer-based test could not be reached among all the regulators. In September 2011, the Canadian Council of RN Regulators (CCRNR) issued a request for proposal for the development of a computer adaptive exam (CAT). On December 1 it was announced that the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), a US company, was selected as the successful vendor. This decision will have a profound impact on CNA and the jurisdictions. The current five-year contract that jurisdictions have signed with CNA to administer the CRNE exam has a requirement for a three-year notice of withdrawal. Council has not made any decision as yet about withdrawing from the contract.
Motion from 2010 Annual General Meeting :
The following motion was passed at the 2011 AGM: That ARNPEI hire additional human resources to advance the profession of nursing be it public relations, education, or another focus agreed upon by Council. Since that time Council approved an external consultant to develop a new Strategic Plan, ARNPEI hired a RN to conduct educational presentations on the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics and two RNs to act as PCR investigators. Council is questioning if these activities reflect the intent of the motion. It was therefore decided that an environmental scan of other jurisdictions will be conducted to determine what types of people they employ. A role description for a pilot project will be circulated to Council prior to the February 2012 Council meeting.
Public Relations Committee:
An ARNPEI video containing interviews of various RNs on PEI was developed and can be viewed at www.peinurses.com