Public Benefit Policy

In June 2018, our strategic plan for 2019-2023 – titled the “Public Benefit Policy” (PBP) – was approved by Council. We chose the name “public benefit policy” to clearly indicate our commitment to regulating registered nursing practice in a way that serves and protects the public interest. The PBP was two years in the making, and its development was guided by a thorough research and consultation process directed by a working group consisting of both council members and staff.

A cornerstone of this process was a stakeholder summit held November 2017. The purpose of the summit was to consult with members of the public, government, employers and educators regarding the opportunities and challenges in nursing regulation.

3 women at the 2017 stakeholder summit

CEO/Registrar Katherine Stansfield speaks to a participant at the 2017 stakeholder summit

In early 2018 the working group provided Council the feedback from the summit and shared the College’s SWOT analysis and environmental scan. The environmental scan focused on trends in regulation, workforce and practice with special emphasis on system sustainability, maldistribution of resources, RN recruitment and retention, stakeholder collaboration and sustainability and challenges of professional self-regulation.

The PBP is outcome-focused to demonstrate our commitment to regulatory excellence. Each strategic outcome is accompanied by a Wildly Important Goal (WIG), which is the measureable operational interpretation of the strategic outcome. The WIGs may span one or more years, depending on complexity and the time required to complete the undertaking. As part of our commitment to accountability and transparency, we will publish our WIG dashboard on our website each quarter. At the end of five years, the College will have fulfilled the work related to achievement of each strategic outcome.

Strategic Outcomes

1) Public Confidence in Excellent Regulation

The public can expect and understand that CRNM sets the conditions for registered nurses to practice safely, professionally, and with integrity in all domains of practice. The public can rely on a fair, transparent, timely, effective and objective regulatory process.

WIG: Develop a Regulatory Excellence Dashboard

2) Accountable, Quality Professional Practice

Ethical, competent and accountable registered nurses practice safely, effectively, and collaboratively with the Practice Expectations and Code of Ethics. RNs will actively participate in continuous quality improvement that aligns with their scope of practice and builds continuing competence.

WIG: Develop RHPA impact on Nursing Practice Dashboard

3) Collaboration for Health System Impact

Collaborative working relationships within the regulatory and the healthcare sectors are advanced to build effective regulation, public safety and quality care for the public. Government and stakeholders have compelling evidence from CRNM to inform policy decisions.

WIG: Determine evidence to support effective collaboration with stakeholders

This is a very exciting time for the College and we are committed to working with all of our stakeholders to meet our goals for the next five years as we build on our commitment to protect the public interest through quality registered nursing regulation.

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