President's Brief

Brenda Kinney

Nursing: 100 years of caring

Brenda Kinney, January 20, 2016

It gives me great pleasure to wish all nurses in the province a very happy and healthy New Year. This is truly a special year, as the Nurses Association of New Brunswick (NANB) celebrates its Centennial. What a milestone for nursing, 100 years of regulating a profession providing excellence in nursing care for our patients. Nurses are valued and respected professionals with a rich history in New Brunswick; one that has pioneered health initiatives and evolved with time positioning us well into the future.

Over the next twelve months nurses will be: invited to special events in their region; encouraged to participate in various contests; and mailed with Info Nursing journal keepsake gifts to commemorate the year.  Please visit NANB’s website (nanb.nb.ca) for additional details and a calendar of events. You may also want to ‘like’ and ‘share’ our newly launched Facebook page that will provide added information on the going’s on at NANB.

Adding to the excitement, NANB will host the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) Biennial this coming June in Saint John, NB. What an opportunity to highlight maritime hospitality mixed with diverse culture and history with nurses from across the country. Registration opens in February through CNA’s website (cna-aiic.ca) but as part of NANB’s Centennial, we invite you to be one of 50 RNs/NPs that will be randomly selected to attend the Biennial. (nanb.nb.ca/50nurses)

As you are aware, the national entry-to-practice exam results in New Brunswick are concerning. Although early NB graduate pass rates were disappointing, we are starting to see improvement with subsequent rewrites and will continue to monitor these results until we are satisfied with the transition period. Your NANB Board of Directors met in early December and approved temporary regulation changes that will help to support the new graduates as they make a successful transition to this exam. We are confident these changes in regulation will not compromise patient care. The NCLEX is a valid exam that appropriately tests entry-level competencies for registered nurses. Providing safe, competent care to all New Brunswickers is of primary importance to the Association.

NANB, under the leadership of our new Executive Director Laurie Janes, has been working collaboratively with all nursing stakeholders including: the university programs; the exam provider; the Department of Health; the New Brunswick Nurses Union; and other provincial regulators to further support our graduate nurses as they prepare to write the new entry-to-practice exam (NCLEX).

Although nursing is not new to adversity; our positive response to challenges ensures we have a strong, competent and professional nursing workforce that will guide us through the next 100 years.