Shocking news for BC Nurses! CRNBC has cut library services despite increasing fees. BC nurses are caught in the political crosshairs of our union, regulatory body and its member association and it's costing us money.
As of March 2017, the CRNBC Canadian Registered Nurses of BC (About CRNBC), BC's licensing body cut library services. See this statement from the CRNBC Library.
CRNBC's primary role is to protect the public, yet comparatively, their fees are above some of the other regulatory bodies in Canada. We do pay to be a self-regulating professional however, to what extent and level of fees are we willing and able to pay?
In addition, BC nurse's fees are going to the BC Nurse's Union which is suing the Association of Registered Nurses and to the ARNBC to help them defend against these lawsuits. It's time for BC nurses to speak up and protest against the power of some of our nursing professional bodies and misuse of our money. This is nothing short of bullying and abuse of power.
Regarding CNRBC's new cuts to library access, they list public health authorities and nurse's alumni universities as avenues through which nurses can access journals and online materials. There is one huge problem. This leaves private, practicing nurses without access to current information to inform evidenced-based practice.
Given CRNBC's professional standard's requirement (Knowledge-based Practice) to "Base practice on current evidence from nursing science and other sciences and humanities," private practice nurses are now in the dark and cannot fulfill one of the major standards that CRNBC sets out for practice requirements.
The Association of Registered Nurses of BC, our association for nurse advocacy and public policy was not aware of this change until last month. As per CRNBC's suggestion I contacted my former University where I studied for my RN refresher course and found that only current alumni can access their library services. The university's head librarian was not informed of the changes CNRBC had made, nor that CRNBC had listed these solutions/suggestions.
Nurses in private practice without access via health authorities can go in person to a local university and obtain a community card, but you cannot access these resources online which is critical for practice. RNs and NPs need access to world wide publications for evidence based practice and research.
Given the increasing funds that RNs and NPs pay yearly to CRNBC along with other BC nursing bodies this is highly frustrating. Currently, as of 2017:
CRNBC fees are 350.40 dollars for licensing registration. In addition there are details in schedule D.
ARNBC fees: 110.55 dollars for our nursing association which advocates for nurses and speaks to public health policy. They are now being sued by the BC Nurse's Union. This means that our union fees are going toward suing our association and ARNBC's fee increases go towards the need to defend themselves.
From CRNBC: "A note about additional commercial general liability insurance: All RNs and NPs are also covered by Commercial General Liability insurance provided by Encon Group Inc. If you have questions about this policy, please direct them to ARNBC.
ARNBC statement regarding Encon Group Inc for general liability:
"All RNs and NPS also have Commercial General Liability insurance coverage provided by Encon Group Inc. There is an aggregate limit of 2,000,000 dollars for all participants and a deductible of 500 dollars applies."
This is very important to note. Aggregate limits work as a pool of money offered in a given year for all nursing lawsuits happening in that province. Many nurses are under the impression that they are individually covered for 2 million, this is not the case.
CNPS Canadian Nurses Protective Society fees 63.50 dollars for additional liability insurance and offer legal guidance. On a personal note, their services have been outstanding in regards to practice questions. You can now also go to CNPS pertaining to complaints made to your regulatory body.
ARNBC plus the CNPS fees total: 174.05 dollars As a comparison, we can look at the licensing body in Ontario Nurse's regulatory/licensing body fee structure as well as the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario who advocate and support nurses as well as speak to public policy.
College of Nurses of Ontario: "The 2018 renewal fee for members in the General and Extended classes is 200 dollars. (With HST, the total is 226 dollars.)"
RNAO - Registered Nurses Association of Ontario: fees include additional liability insurance much like the BC nurse's CNPS (Canadian Nurses Protective Society).
RNAO fees plus liability insurance are: 256 dollars. RNAO also has an addition option of offering LAP, a legal assistance program for 64.57 dollars.
How can we as nurses protest these blatant abuses of power and our money as evidenced by a nurse's union suing its member's association? How will nurses in BC access information online for purposes of research and evidenced based practice?
Do we now need another body to protect us from our regulatory bodies and unions?
How do nurses have a collective voice and how do we stop this? I fear that we are a stressed and burnt out profession and many of us have come to a place of complacency born out of a feeling of powerlessness.What is the answer?