Let’s Talk

An introduction

As CARNA chief executive officer, I depend a great deal on the expertise shared with me by provincial council, staff, health care leaders and my peers in health regulation and associations across Canada and internationally. I also would like to hear more directly from you – Alberta’s registered nurses.

The overwhelming number of emails,phone calls and letters from you in response to my open letter about renewal tells me that given an opportunity, many of you are eager to more actively engage with your college and association. I’d like to continue the conversation that was triggered by a time of adversity and start a new conversation with this blog about registered nursing, where we’ve been, where we are and where we want to be in the future.

Let’s get started!

On any given day, I participate in conversations, meetings, working groups on a broad range of issues from nurse staffing to health policy to labour mobility regulation with elected officials, government administrators, educators, employers and representatives from other health professions. My contributions at those tables would be greatly enriched by your experiences, suggestions, and concerns.

We need to start somewhere, and this first post is our opportunity to get the ball rolling. Please comment below and let me know what kinds of topics you’d like me to blog about and discuss. And yes, registration renewal and workforce transformation will definitely be included in those topics.

I hope you take this opportunity to chat with me because I’m eager to hear what you have to say. Thank you.

- Mary-Anne Robinson

6 thoughts on “Let’s Talk

  1. Thank you for your feedback. We recently reviewed the Medication Administration Guidelines (2007) and found many CARNA members agree that the RN role in implementing protocols (including over the counter medications) needs to be clearer. To address the issues you and other members have pointed out, we are revising the medication guidelines. The updated guidelines will be going to Provincial Council for approval in January 2014.

    We will also be developing specific policy guidance on protocols in the spring of 2014. We hope to hear your feedback when we consult with members on that draft document. More information will be coming to your inboxes in the near future.

  2. Hi;

    Re: workforce transformation

    AHS these past few days have been airing a radio “infomercial” suggesting that full time “nurses” account for 33% of the workforce and the statements made by AHS imply that part time nurses provide subpar care because of the lack of continuity in the care provided. The radio announcement also indicates that AHS has hired more nurses since 2010.
    AHS does not qualify what the numbers actually are of registered nurses working part time or if more registered nurses have been hired since 2010. AHS is using the media to get the public to buy into the changes in workforce and I find it deceptive and frankly professionally degrading. I am not opposed to open discussions about budget… this is not open or honest

  3. As other professions continue to increase their scope of practise trying to understand why CARNA continues to limit safe effective functions through clinical protocols which include processes to provide pain or nausea control by giving them OTC medications, but limiting this function you are increasing the need for nurses to work around the function or be replaced by paramedics or RT’s who can perform these functions.

    • Hi Debbie,

      Thank you for your comment.

      We would like to speak with you more about this topic. Please contact one of our Policy and Practice Consultants at 1.800.252.9392. Alternatively, you can send us a private message with your contact information and we will get in touch with you.

      Thank you!

    • I couldn’t agree with you more, we just had this very discussion at a recent course I was attending, with 15 + RN”s. You are crippling our ability to be the professionals we were trained to be. It seems as if we are moving backwards, as LPN’s and Physicians Assistants are moving forward.

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