Welcome to new councillors Amy Deagle, Ashna Rawji, Ashley Woytuik, Derrick Cleaver and Justin Burkett who will begin their terms on Oct. 1, 2019.
Council approved the budget and operational plan for 2019-2020 including a new strategic planning process. In addition to our ongoing regulatory work and activities in our role as a professional association, here are some of the major initiatives we are taking on:
CARNA has published an external review of our complaints and discipline processes and outcomes.
The review was conducted over the summer and contains 14 recommendations for action and improvement, with a strong focus on increased transparency, website enhancements and internal process improvements. We will continue to report on our website about the status of our action plan to implement the recommendations.
CARNA engaged Harry Cayton – an internationally recognized expert in professional regulation and governance and former chief executive of the U.K.’s Professional Standards Authority – to ensure our actions and outcomes meet current international regulatory best practices and standards. CARNA is committed to improving its processes through transparency and accountability in an ever-changing, health-care landscape.
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Council approved revisions to CARNA's bylaws governing the publication of upcoming hearing tribunal notices and findings of unprofessional conduct. These revisions allow CARNA to demonstrate its transparency as a health-care regulator and bring it in line with regulatory best practice.
For upcoming hearings, decisions and appeals occurring on or after Nov. 15, 2019, CARNA will publish notices and findings of unprofessional conduct and disciplinary measures, including the name of the regulated member on its website. Summaries of unprofessional conduct and the name of the regulated member will be published in the Alberta RN magazine.
Sensitive, personal or health information will be redacted from hearing/appeal notices, findings and summaries at the discretion of the Registrar.
In January 2020, provincial council meetings will be live on Twitter. Registrants can view the latest highlights, presentations and decisions as they happen. Ensure you don't miss any information by following CARNA on Twitter!
The fee to appeal a decision made by the Registrar, Registration Committee and Competence Committee has been discontinued to ensure fair regulatory principles and give all applicants access to an appeal.
The document Incorporating a Restricted Activity into Practice: Guidelines (2019) was approved by Council. It provides guidelines and a decision-making framework to help regulated members determine if a specific restricted activity they are not performing should be part of their nursing practice in a specific practice area. It also outlines the requirements to support regulated members in safely and competently performing the restricted activity in their practice setting.
Council approved the document Mentoring: Practice Advice (2019). It outlines the principles of mentoring and the professional and ethical responsibilities of regulated members when engaging in a mentoring relationship.
CARNA has withdrawn endorsement of the Canadian Nurses Association document Overcapacity Protocols and Capacity in Canada’s Health System because it was significantly outdated. The documents Assignment of Client Care: Guidelines for Registered Nurses and Staff Mix Decision-making Framework for Quality Nursing Care outline the principles and guidance for a systematic approach that addresses the multiple factors within the health-care system that impact staffing decisions and issues with overcapacity.
For further information on these documents, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.800.252.9392, ext. 504.