ARNPEI Council Meeting, September 17, 2010
Paul Boudreau provided an overview on the Draft National Nursing Standards Project.
The President provided highlights of the June CNA Biennial Convention held June 7-9 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Judith Shamian was inducted as President and Barb Mildon was elected as President-Elect. ARNPEI sponsored 10 RNs to attend through a draw (Cheryl Banks, Brenda Worth, Colleen Bannon, Terri Styles-MacKinnon, Susan Taylor McConnell, Meghan MacDonald, Lisa Vessey, Stacy Chaisson, Dianne Boswell, Berthe Melanson).
Draft bylaws are being developed to establish the Canadian Council of RN Regulators (CCRNR), a new national organization to focus on area related to regulation.
The province has developed a Chief Nursing Officer position who will report directly to the Deputy Minister. Brenda Payne has accepted this position on a temporary basis to develop this role. RN education has also been identified as a priority for 2010-11 which will include continuing educational support for RNs related to physical assessment, care planning and communication.
New Councillors / Public Representative:
Cheryl Banks (President-Elect), Marlene Robichaud (Vice-President), Wendy Poole (Eastern Kings), Maridee Garnham, Carol Chipman-Francis (Queen’s County). Marion Murphy’s term as public representative has been completed. Three names will be submitted to the Minister of Health for selection.
Public Relations Committee:
A newsletter will be mailed to each member containing ARNPEI’s role in the Provincial Model of Care. An explanation of ARNPEI’s new logo will also be included in the newletter.
Annual Meeting Motions:
Two motions were passed at the annual meeting with the first focusing on Model of Care and the second on the promoting the role of the RN. The Model of Care Committee held its first meeting on August 11. The focus of the second motion is social marketing of the RN.
ARNPEI Fall Conference:
All RNs are encouraged to attend Exploring the Relationship Between Scope of Practice and Interprofessional Collaboration on November 26, 2010 at the Dutch Inn. The keynote speakers are Doug Bungay and Kelly Lackie who have been actively involved in implementation of the Nova Scotia Model of Care and a representative from the PEI Department of Health and Wellness.