ARNPEI President's Message

Hello to all,

First of all, I would like to say how delighted I am to be sending out my first message to you as President of ARNPEI. It is going to be an exciting year with lots of work to be accomplished in our move to be a College under the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA). Council and the staff of ARNPEI have been working hard on the various aspects of the Draft Regulation. You will find a Question and Answer section on the ARNPEI website to begin to answer some of the questions which you may have about the changes to ARNPEI processes with the new Act. The Q&A document will be updated regularly and once the date is set for our move to the RHPA that will also be announced on the website.

I would also like to thank Cynthia Bryanton on behalf of Council and the membership for her leadership of ARNPEI for the past 4 years, first as president-elect and then president. Cynthia brought a vast amount of experience to the role and led the organization through significant change with the replacement of both the executive director and the coordinator of regulatory services, creation of a temporary investigator position and planning for the RHPA. We also said farewell to several Council members this spring who had completed their terms: Tracey Hagan-O'Connor, Melanie Bruce, Karalee McAskill (Student), Darrell Chaisson and Melissa Panton. Trevor Cudmore has agreed to stay on Council for another term and with the anticipated changes to the Council in RHPA, additional new members are not being sought at this time.

I would also like to welcome Melissa Panton to the position of Coordinator of Regulatory Services. Melissa brings rich experience from her clinical background and her work with the association both on Council and with several committees. Melissa began her role in April.

Leeann Whitney who was with us for 4 months during the transition to fill the position has now returned home to Ontario. ARNPEI would like to thank her for her willingness to come to PEI and for the tremendous amount of work that she accomplished in the short time she was here.

I hope that you have had a chance to see the promotional videos that have been airing on CBC TV for both RNs and NPs. These videos will continue to be used to promote the profession in the coming months.

All the best for a great Nursing Week,

Sincerely, Robin Laird