In our commitment to openness and transparency, we have published a consultation report titled Building a New Future Together, a Legislative Consultation Report for One Nursing Regulator in Nova Scotia (Fall 2017) that summarizes key findings from the thousands of individuals who participated in the consultation process this past spring. This includes the 2,000 LPNs, RNs and NPs who participated along with over 200 individuals representing our diverse industry partners, CLPNNS and CRNNS staff and 19 thought leaders representing health, law, regulation, media and education. Overall, the report highlights our approach to consultation, a summary of findings and an introduction to the stakeholder participants.
“Our goal is to build a regulator for the future that will reflect the thoughts, ideas and feedback of our many stakeholders,” says Ann Mann, Executive Director and Registrar of CLPNNS. “For us, engaging with those we impact through our regulatory work is critical, which is why hearing from our stakeholders has been so important to us. We want to build on what we have collectively done well as individual regulators and to enhance in areas that require it – and stakeholder feedback is allowing us to do that.”
At this stage of the process, much of the consultation is focused on gathering feedback to inform the creation of a new Act, which will provide structure for the future nursing regulator.
“While the work to develop new legislation may appear distant from our day-to-day work with nurses, it remains incredibly important in laying the parameters of how we operate as one nursing regulator in Nova Scotia in the future,” shares Sue Smith, Chief Executive Officer and Registrar of CRNNS. “For example, imagine building a house. Right now, the legislative process is the foundation that supports the rest of the structure. Moving forward, it may be a challenge for us to make certain changes if they haven’t been accurately captured in the new legislation, just like it would be hard to make change to the size or shape of the house once the foundation has been laid. As a result, I encourage all nurses to continue participating in upcoming consultation processes to help inform the future operations of one nursing regulator.”
Next month, the legislative consultation process will continue and stakeholders will once again have the opportunity to participate. At this time, all of the significant changes being proposed as part of the new legislation will be published online for review. Stakeholders will have an opportunity to explore the changes and provide feedback. This open and inclusive process is to ensure that stakeholders are aware of and have an opportunity to comment on all significant aspects of the new legislation before it is submitted to the provincial government.
Follow the link below to download the consultation report. If you have any questions about this report or next steps, please reach out to the Formation Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Formation Team is composed of staff from CLPNNS and CRNNS appointed to the team based on their knowledge and experience in nursing self-regulation, project management and policy governance. They are responsible for accomplishing the operational work necessary to create one nursing regulator in Nova Scotia. This work, approved by the CLPNNS Board and CRNNS Council, will enable the staff and boards of both organizations to join together to create one nursing regulation and strengthen our commitment to the public through an enhanced and collaborative approach to nursing regulation.