In recent years, many research studies have explored the importance of resilience – which describes the ability to “bounce back” from adversity or change and remain optimistic about the future – and its role in helping nurses deal with the realities of working in a high stress profession. It’s a quality nurses must nurture and encourage in themselves and others in order to survive and thrive.
Along with resiliency, resourcefulness is a critical quality for nurses. Resourcefulness is the ability to deal skillfully and quickly with new challenges or situations – something nurses do every hour of every day. It allows us to adapt and respond, and to improvise when necessary to ensure patients receive the expert care they deserve.
That combination of being resilient and resourceful is what makes nurses an essential part of the health-care system. It is also why we must continue to lead the changes that will shape what the health-care system of the future can and must become.
CARNA knows that regulation excellence is an essential part of leading those changes. Integrity in regulation helps ensure our members have the competencies that allow them to deliver expert care across all health-care settings. It upholds the public’s trust in our profession and helps others understand the work nurses do and how integral they are to positive patient outcomes. Our commitment to upholding and advancing the standards for professional regulation helps us and our members not only adapt and thrive in an ever-changing health-care environment, but also shape a future where every Albertan will receive the best possible care.
This past year, we reached several important milestones on projects and initiatives that will help us better engage with members and stakeholders and shape the future of our profession.
This section lists the regulated and public members that undertake the regulatory work that is critical to upholding the standards of excellence CARNA sets for members and the profession.
The information submitted by applicants for initial registration and for annual renewal of registration builds on our understanding of our members and guides the development of nursing standards, policies, research and programs to strengthen the profession and support individual practitioners.