Update on the Creation of One Nursing Regulator: Joint Boards Continue to Enhance Collaboration

While summer is usually a time dedicated to vacations and fun in the sun, board members from the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia (CLPNNS) and the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (CRNNS) are pretty excited about their continued plans to create one nursing regulator in Nova Scotia.

“This is a really groundbreaking opportunity for nursing regulation not only in our province but across the country,” says CLPNNS Board Chair, Jason Reeves. “It’s work that we take to heart because of the impact we know the one new regulator can have on the lives of many Nova Scotians. We feel a sense of pride in the work we’re conducting with CRNNS and working collaboratively has definitely strengthened the bond we feel as a team. We already see that this is elevating the work we do at the governance level.”

The boards of CLPNNS and CRNNS have begun to introduce joint meetings into their existing schedules that enable them to discuss matters related to the creation of one nursing regulator as a team. While joint meetings have led to a more holistic approach, the independent decision-making authority of each College is still being maintained. And this work will continue throughout the summer as the joint boards further develop their plans to govern the future regulator.

“It is still of vital importance that the CLPNNS Board and the CRNNS Council each continue to meet the requirements in our current respective Acts and Regulations. However, we can learn from one another by building cohesion as a team as we currently exist,” explains Ruth Whelan, CRNNS Council President. “We know that our collective members – LPNs, RNs and NPs – work collaboratively on a daily basis and the ability for board members and staff of each College to do the same means that we will be able to enhance the work we do on behalf of Nova Scotians.”

The boards found it especially helpful to collaboratively look at their due diligence work. This process was a long and detailed investigative process that enabled each College to confidentially access one another’s records and information. The purpose of analyzing the information was to assess any possible risks of joining as one body and the boards were pleased to find no unforeseen information that would require a change in course of action.

How can you have your say? CLPNNS and CRNNS just issued a survey to all members and we look forward to sharing those results with you soon. We’ve also got more stakeholder consultations expected to begin in the fall so stay tuned!