Thursday, September 3, 2009

Final Issue of Nursing BC

A sign of the times

This issue marks the end of Nursing BC. I have had the privilege of editing this publication for 24 of the 41 years it has been in existence, first as RNABC News and then as Nursing BC.

Throughout those years, I have also had the privilege of talking to hundreds of nurses from all parts of the province and beyond – some who wanted to submit articles to the magazine, others who had an issue about something we published, and many who wanted to connect with a nurse who was featured in one of our stories. Overall, it’s been a great ride.

The reasons for ceasing publication of Nursing BC are not motivated by economics, as some believe. Rather, they have more to do with communicating more effectively with you about the regulatory issues that affect your practice as a nurse in B.C. If you have been a long-time reader of Nursing BC, you likely noticed that the content of the publication has changed significantly in recent years. There have been fewer articles about nurses and their practice and more emphasis on Standards of Practice, registration requirements, legislative changes that impact nursing practice and other regulatory matters. This has been necessitated in order to meet the requirements of the provincial legislation that created CRNBC as a regulatory college. Unlike the former RNABC, CRNBC is not an association.

In June, most of you received our first e-mail newsletter. Some of you thought it was informative and useful; others said they would never read it and preferred to read the printed version of Nursing BC. Those of you for whom CRNBC does not have an e-mail address may not have seen this newsletter unless you opened it from the CRNBC website.

The e-mail newsletter is now one of CRNBC’s official methods of notifying you of important regulatory information. It will be e-mailed to you 6-8 times a year. If you do not have an e-mail address or choose not to provide one to CRNBC, you can still find the information on the CRNBC website. CRNBC is currently redesigning its website to make it more user friendly and useful to you. We will let you know when the redesigned website is ready.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the nurses who submitted letters and articles to Nursing BC over the years (sorry we weren’t able to publish all the articles) as well as to CRNBC staff members who vetted and wrote articles for the magazine. Finally, thanks to all the nurses and employers who let us tell their stories.

Bruce Wells

Have you read our new e-mail newsletter? If not, you can find it on our website at It’s one of our official methods of notifying you about important regulatory information that impacts your nursing practice.

Do we have your current e-mail address?

To receive the e-newsletter, we need your current e-mail address. You can update your e-mail address by going to the Contact Us section of the CRNBC website and clicking Change Your Address.

If you do not have an e-mail address, please refer to the CRNBC website regularly for registration information and other information that may impact your nursing practice.

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