BCNPA News & Announcements
From Humble Beginnings: How the Smallest of Numbers Can Make the Biggest of Impacts – The History of BCNPA
(Sept. 10, 2018): The history of the BC Nurse Practitioners Association (BCNPA) is marked with a distinct determination, both for defining the nurse practitioner (NP) role in the province, and representing the voice of the profession in the BC healthcare system. From their grassroot beginnings of informal conversations over coffee to hosting sold out annual NP conferences, the BCNPA has consistently represented the interests of the now roughly 500 NPs in BC, while remaining nearly 100% volunteer operated.
As the BCNPA now moves to integrate with the rest of the province’s nursing designations to form the Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC (NNPBC), we look back at our history to celebrate a rich legacy of achievement and the volunteers who made it possible. View the PDF in full.
NP Recruitment For Primary Care
In May, the Ministry of Health announced the creation of 200 new Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and 200 new Family Physician positions over the next 3 years as part of their plan to reform and improve primary health care service provision in BC. The MOH’s goal is to increase attachment of patients through the development of Primary Care Networks. The BCNPA and NPs across BC are key stakeholders with an important role in assisting with this transformation of primary health care delivery to a team based, collaborative model.
In response to this announcement, the BCNPA executive have been working closely with the MOH to ensure the successful implementation and integration of NPs into a supported and optimized practice environment. We want to ensure NPs in these new roles have all the clinical and operational supports required for success. We have engaged with the MOH on the key areas of recruitment, practice support, and the Provincial NP contract template.
Recruitment: HealthMatchBC has now launched a recruitment marketing campaign to attain early expressions of interest from NP candidates for the initial 11 communities in the first phase of the implementation. The BCNPA has provided feedback and support in the recruitment processes. Moving forward, the MOH, HealthMatchBC, and the BCNPA will continue to work together to ensure the successful integration of NPs over the next 3 years.
Practice Supports: The BCNPA and the Provincial NP Advisory Network are engaged in discussions with the Nursing Practice Secretariat and other MOH stakeholders to clarify and identify the supports required for NPs to work successfully in this new practice environment. There will be further information provided on these practice supports when it becomes available.
Provincial NP Contract Template: The BCNPA has provided feedback and guidance to the MOH regarding the contracts for these new positions. While we cannot share the specific details of the contract, we can say that the executive of BCNPA endorses this contract. We expect to be able to share more specific details by the end of August 2018. The BCNPA will continue to provide support and assistance to NPs who choose to embark on this new opportunity for clinical practice.
I encourage all NPs to be informed, stay involved, and to continue to provide leadership in health care which is a keystone of our practice. If you have any questions or comments please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Vote Results re: BCNPA Amalgamation with NNPBC
Thank you to all members who took the time to give us your thoughtful feedback and engaged in this process. The voter turnout was amazing with 110 of the eligible 163 members responding. The response was overwhelmingly positive in support of amalgamation; Votes FOR = 106….VOTES against = 4. In other words, over 96% of votes case support this historic change.
BCNPA Conference 2019 – join us up North!
We are pleased to announce that Conference 2019 will take place for the first time ever in Northern BC on Thursday May 30, Friday May 31 and Saturday, June 1, 2019. The main venue will be the stunning Conference & Civic Centre located in the heart of downtown Prince George. The gala will take place at the beautiful University of Northern BC Atrium and welcome reception at the Two Rivers Gallery (tbc). The host hotel will be the Coast Inn of the North. Come join us up North in 2019! For ongoing updates and info, check back at: Conference 2019 news
Monumental news that LPNs and RPNs are now CNA members!
Great to be at the CNA conference to present on NNPBC progress! Monumental news that LPNs and RPNs are now CNA members! #nursing unity
Ministry of Health Announces Plans to Support NPs and MDs in First Year of Practice – and BCNPA Will Be Part of That Plan
For more information on this announcement, go to: MOH New Strategy May 27 2018
May 24th – BCNPA Congratulates the Government of BC on New Primary Health Care Strategy That Puts Focus on Team Based Care
BCNPA congratulates the government of BC following today’s announcement by the Premier about a visionary primary health-care strategy that will focus on faster, team-based care.
May 23rd – BCNPA Applauds Ministry of Health’s Plan to Increase Nurse Practitioner Positions for BC’s Primary Health Care System
We are pleased to share this ground breaking announcement by the Ministry of Health. It is exciting and encouraging news for all NPs in the province. To review the BCNPA press release, go to: NP Funding Press Release May 23, 20
Also for your information, the Ministry of Health News Release, May 23, 2018: Min of Hlth Release May 23 2018
Watch CTV Island News for the announcement: CTV Island News MoH and NP Announcement
L to R: Fiona Hutchison, President, BCNPA, Adrian Dix, The Honourable Minister of Health, Kathleen Fyvie, Past President, BCNPA
BCNPA and ARNBC Joint Statement on Continuing to Work Together
The BCNPA and ARNBC are proud partners and continue to work together to help shape the healthcare landscape in BC.
As with any longstanding relationship, there have been challenges along the way, which has meant that it has not always been as collaborative as it could have been.
ARNBC has recently provided a letter of commendation for the work the BCNPA has done to advance the role of nurse practitioners in the province. In addition, ARNBC has provided a one-time grant in the amount of $20,000 to recognize this ongoing partnership and BCNPA’s role in being the leading voice for BC NPs over the past decade. ARNBC letter Mar 2018
The BCNPA sincerely thanks the ARNBC for this recognition, and looks forward to continuing to collaborate to enhance the professional voice of nursing in BC.
Disability Tax Credit
We would like to thank Diane Middagh and Michelle Sims, as well as Access RSDP for their contribution in putting together “A Nurse Practitioner Resource Guide To the Disability Tax Credit”. Click here to access this guide: NP Disability Tax Credit Guide
Changes under the Laboratory Services Act (LSA)
Two decisions were made recently under the Laboratory Services Act (LSA) by the Ministry of Health for the following items:
- LSA2017-034: Antinuclear Antibodies Testing (ANA), and
- LSA2017-039: Chlamydia and Gonnorhea testing using Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) for specimens collected by swabs.
A summary of these decisions can be found on the Laboratory Services website.
If you require any further information on this decision, please make a request to Laboratory Services at email@example.com
BCNPA – Second Discussion Paper
BCNPA is pleased to share with you our second discussion paper “Specialized Services: NPs Working Collaboratively to Improve the Continuum of Care”. The member authors have developed a comprehensive plan to fully integrate nurse practitioners (NPs) across the provincial health care system with the launch of a revitalized strategy that will improve acute care, including ambulatory and residential care delivery in BC. Special thanks to the working group and all involved.
Link to paper: Specialized Services, Nurse Practitioners Collaborating to Improve the Continuum of Care, December 2017
Link to toolkit: Toolkit: How to implement an NP into interdisciplinary care, December 2017
BCNPA 13th Annual Conference – Special early bird registration is open!
The Conference Organizing Committee is aware that there are NPs who have access to educational funding that can be used for the conference but these funds must be spent before the end of the calendar year. We would like to assist by opening up conference registration extra early – for everyone. Online registration is now available at: Conference 2018 Registration The Early Bird rates continue until April 18th, 2018.
Workshops choices are available! Please checkout the website for the full description of the exciting workshops available in 2018. Topics, instructors and course descriptions can be found at: Workshop information
Over the coming weeks we will be providing more information on program highlights so please check the website for updates.
Come join us in Nanaimo in 2018 – you’ll have a great time!
Members: Town Hall Follow-Up
(Dec. 3, 2017): A follow-up email to the Nov. 22 member town hall is arriving in your inboxes shortly. We are planning more member face-to-face opportunities in the New Year. In the meantime, please join the Members’ Forum on Facebook, and the Nurses and Nurse Practitioners BC (NNPBC) web to receive more information on the nursing associations amalgamation project.
Longtime Member and BCNPA Past-President Appointed Primary Health Care Lead in Nursing Policy Secretariat
(Nov. 1, 2017) Effective October 30, 2017, Dr. Natasha Prodan-Bhalla, DNP, MN, NP (A), BScN is the Nurse Practitioner and Primary Health Care Lead (0.7 FTE) in the Nursing Policy Secretariat in the Ministry of Health.
Natasha was the Collaborative Practice Leader, Nurse Practitioners with the Provincial Health Services Authority and an NP at BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre where she will continue part time (0.2 FTE) in providing integrated primary care for women. She has provided over a decade of leadership with BCNPA and was the lead for the association’s work on primary care transformation in BC. She has been a member of the BC Coalition of Nursing Associations since its inception and is one of two BC representatives on the NP Association of Canada.
Congratulations Natasha on your new and important role!
Seeking Volunteers for National NP Week Project: Deadline to Sign Up: Nov. 4
(Nov. 1, 2017): National NP Week is Nov. 12-18 and we need volunteers for a project – an NP awareness building campaign with MLAs and community leaders across BC!
Time commitment is about 2-3 hours starting Nov. 5 to Nov. 19. All NPs are welcome. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up or for more information.
If you are already a BCNPA member and would like to get involved, please join the BCNPA Members’ Forum on Facebook for details, and to connect with the project lead.
Island Health Informational Video Showcases BCNPA Members to Educate Public on the Role of NPs in Health
(July 22) Watch Island Health’s latest video that describes what NPs are, what they do, and how they work with other roles in health to serve patients. Includes testimonials from patients and primary care providers. Video features BCNPA members Dani Daigle, Pat Peterson, Rosemary Graham, Lynn Guengerich, and a host of others! (Video length: 13 min. 9 sec.)
Past President Kathleen Fyvie Recognized as one of CNA’s 150 Nurses for Canada
(July 17) Past President Kathleen Fyvie has been named one of the Canadian Nurses Association‘s (CNA) 150 Nurses for Canada to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary as a Confederation. Read more about 150 Nurses for Canada. Read Kathleen’s profile.
Good-bye BC CareCard. Hello BC Services Card.
(July 17) The BC CareCard is being phased out and will be replaced by the BC Services Card by February 2018. As care providers, NPs can assist in a smooth transition by informing patients of the coming changes and where the switch can be made. BC Service Cards can be obtained at ICBC licensing offices, Service BC centres and other appointed agents.
BCNPA Member Patrice Gordon Speaks to the Williams Lake Tribune on how the Community is Fighting the Wildfire Blazes
(July 19) Prescriptions coming from Lower Mainland to the Chilcotin. Williams Lake’s wildfire evacuation order forces West Chilcotin communities to get creative.
The Canadian Association of Advanced Practice Nurses (CAAPN) is now the Nurse Practitioner Association of Canada (NPAC)
(June 21, 2017) At the AGM on April 20, members voted to transition the organization from the Canadian Association of Advanced Practice Nurses to the Nurse Practitioner Association of Canada. There has been a lot of work behind the scenes including formally changing our letters of incorporation to reflect the new name and updating the website and email addresses.
2016-17 Annual Report Now Available
The annual report for the 2016-17 membership cycle is now available online to view or download
2017 Nursing Week Poster Series Now Available for Printing!
(May 22, 2017) All profiles we featured on social media are now available online for printing. They make an excellent addition to your work place or next trade show. Access the electronic versions.
Contact Your MLA to Advocate for NPs in Your Community
The provincial election might be over, but don’t let that stop you from contacting your MLA!
Make it known that NPs are critical to the future of BC’s healthcare system. Use our template (and share it with your colleagues, friends and family) and can send your local MLA your letter of support. Download the letter template. Include one of BCNPA’s brochures with your letter to provide more information on the NP role in health.
Canadian Nurses Association Seeking NP Assistance re: MAID
The CNA is working with an external vendor to develop online case studies for nurses and nurse practitioners on medical assistance in dying. For more information, please refer to: CNA MAID Request Letter
Announcement re: Continuing Education Fund for Nurse Practitioners
The Association of Registered Nurses of BC (ARNBC), in partnership with the BC Coalition of Nursing Associations is pleased to announce that continuing education funds are now available for nurse practitioners who are registered to practice in British Columbia. View information on the Continuing Education Fund for Nurse Practitioners.
As part of the BC Coalition of Nursing Associations, the BCNPA would like to thank the other members of the coalition for their support to help bring these funds to NPs.
BCNPA Proposes a “new model’ of primary health care, that focuses on improving access to health care services for British Columbians
NP Practice Updates
Practice Update: Laboratory Test Update, effective January 24, 2017 – Fentanyl, Urine Screening Immunoassay, B-type Natriuetic Peptide
A decision regarding Fentanyl, urine screening immunoassay and B-type natriuretic peptide was made under Record of Decision by the Ministry of Health. A summary of these decisions can be found on the Laboratory Services website. If you require any further information on this decision please make a request to Stan Bersenev at email@example.com or Angela Deering at firstname.lastname@example.org
Practice Update: Nurse Practitioners will have the authority to fully complete the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) Designation Application
Effective September 1, 2016, the Employment and Persons with Disabilities regulation (section 136 of Bill 17) has been amended. Nurse Practitioners registered with the CRNBC have the authority to fully complete the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) Designation Application for patients under their care. Read Kathleen Fyvie’s memo for further information: SDSI PWD Announcement
Practice Update: Nurse Practitioners can now prescribe controlled drugs and substances. For the full announcement please go to: https://crnbc.ca/crnbc/Announcements/2016/Pages/CDS_InEffect.aspx For updated CDS prescribing resource centre, refer to: https://www.crnbc.ca/Standards/NPScopePractice/prescribing/Pages/Default.aspx
Practice Update: Role of Nurse Practitioners in Medical Assistance of Dying
Effective July 27, 2016 Nurse Practitioners (NPs) can be eligible to provide medical assistance in dying (MAiD). These standards, limits and conditions have been incorporated into the NP Scope of Practice document. For the full announcement please go to: https://crnbc.ca/crnbc/Announcements/2016/Pages/MAiD_NProle.aspx For additional information, please go to: Updated Medical Assistance in Dying resource centre: https://www.crnbc.ca/Standards/resourcescasestudies/beinganurse/MAID/Pages/Default.aspx and Revised NP Scope of Practice Document: https://www.crnbc.ca/Standards/Lists/StandardResources/688ScopeforNPs.pdf
Professional Development Opportunities
Opportunity: Continuing education online forum for Canadian Nurse Practitioners. This web based organization offers continuing education for NP’s and offers an online forum for NPs to discuss clinical practice, keep abreast of the latest practice guidelines and research. Check out the site to learn more: Continuing Education Canadian NPs