The work to create one nursing regulator in Nova Scotia continued throughout the summer and we thought September would be a perfect time to catch you up to speed with a few highlights. Want to know how we spent our time and how progress is going? Check out the speed round of questions we asked of Ann and Sue to see what they’ve been up to.
September is here already but we know that you and your teams were busy this summer. What were you up to?
Ann: Where do we start? Legislation, legislation, legislation! There are a lot of moving parts to a project of this magnitude and everybody has gotten very skilled at juggling a lot of balls at the same time. This summer was no different but we really tried to focus our attention on preparing for the legislative pieces that are required as the foundation of any regulator.
You’ve said before that engaging with your stakeholders is important to both of you and your respective boards. How did that unfold this past summer?
Sue: We’re really excited about this element of the work and grateful for the feedback we’ve received so far. Our goal is to provide opportunities for stakeholders to share their thoughts with us and we really lived that commitment this summer. Within the past few months alone we’ve reached out to Nova Scotians, our members, those who are part of the extended nursing community in this province and across Canada and key individuals who are considered experts in self-regulation nationally and internationally. We’re in the process of compiling all of that information and making it available to all stakeholders next month. This is a process that we’re proud of and one that will help us to create a strong regulator that will address the expectations the public has – and should have – of us as a nursing regulator.
Any outstanding survey results you’d like to share now?
Sue: Sure, we can give a sneak peek! Members of each college felt that ’accountability’ was our top strength as regulators and they felt that we could most improve in the area of flexibility, which is important for us to know. This is just a sample of what we heard and we will have a full report to share in the weeks ahead. We received a lot of useful information that will be factored into our plans for the new regulator. We’re pleased to say that we’ve got another engagement opportunity planned for later in the fall as well.
You’ve said that there’s a lot of work to be done. Are things progressing as you’d expected?
Ann: Absolutely. We are still working towards development of a legislative proposal for government consideration. We’re also continuing to work on operational aspects of the new nursing regulator with a possibility of seeing one nursing regulator in place in Nova Scotia in 2019. And all of this work is happening while we maintain our existing operations so it’s been busy!
Anything else notable to add?
Ann: Yes! Our teams have met with the Department of Health and Wellness on a couple of occasions this summer to discuss the new government policy on self-regulation and how it will guide our work. They’ve been tremendously supportive in terms of outlining the process we have to follow so that’s been of help to us.
Sue: We also had the pleasure of meeting with Denise Perret, the new Deputy Minister of the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness for the first time. We had an opportunity to brief the Deputy Minister on the work taking place to establish the new nursing regulator among other important things. We are pleased to report that the conversations were very positive and that the creation of one nursing regulator was very well received. It was a productive meeting and we’re appreciative that the Deputy Minister was able to make time for us.