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How My Bursary Helped

I am honoured to receive the Registered Nurses Foundation of BC Challenge Bursary for 2021. When I first started nursing school, I pictured myself going into emergency nursing, where the environment is fast-paced and exciting. However, during my third year, I did a clinical placement in the impoverished Downtown Eastside, where I saw first-hand the health disparities caused by unequal distribution of social determinants of health and oppressive social policies. I’ve been working there since, and although I love my job and the people I work with, I felt like I wasn’t making a difference. People were still dying to poisoned drugs, people were still being displaced from their homes, people were still falling through the gaps.

I applied for the Master of Public Health program at the University of British Columbia, with the ambition to learn how to enact change at a population level through health policies. Somewhere along the journey, I also discovered an interest in teaching. I want future nurses to think about health beyond the hospital walls, to think about societal and historical factors that can impact health. I think if we can do that, we will also be more kind and tolerant towards those who are marginalized.

I am truly grateful for this opportunity. Your donation will help me finish my master program, which will prepare me to be a strong advocate and leader for our communities, as well as allow me to be an educator for future nurses. Thank you once again for your generosity.

Sincerely,

Conrad So

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Celebrating Nursing Week

CELEBRATING NURSING WEEK

What is Nursing Week all about?

National Nursing Week in Canada takes place every year to celebrate nurses and the work they do. This year, it will take place May 9th to 15th.  The date is set to coincide l with International Nurses Day, which is celebrated on May 12th – Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

Each year Nursing Week has a theme

A theme for Nursing Week is established each year. For  2022, the theme is #WeAnswerTheCall. It was designed to acknowledge the work of the many, many thousands of Canadian nurses and recognize the commitment and courage they demonstrate every day caring for people in hospitals and communities across Canada.

The 2022 theme also draws attention to the shortage of nurses in Canada. With an aging nursing workforce, and growing demands for more nurses to support expanding health care services, a shortage of almost 60,000 full-time equivalent nurses is anticipated by 2023 .

To address the need for more nurses in BC, the BC Government has announced that 602 new seats in post-secondary nursing programs will be added to the existing post-secondary nursing seats in BC. Clearly, the BC Government is “#AnsweringTheCall.”

RNFBC’s Role in Nursing Week

RNFBC was established in 1979, “to advance nursing practice and education”. It has done so by providing bursaries to nursing students resident  in BC to offset nursing education costs. To meet its goals, the RNFBC  (volunteer) Directors and members (many of whom are or were nurses) have focused on building needed resources to support students. These efforts have allowed RNFBC to provide bursaries to more than 200 nurses enrolled in educational programs in 2021 – and it aims to do even more to meet increasing requests.

Growing demands have made RNFBC very aware of the need to support even more nurses – Licensed Practical Nurses, Psychiatric Nurses, Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners – with their education programs. Additional educational support will help to build a strong nursing workforce that will, in turn, help to sustain BC’s health care system. The Directors and members of RNFBC are ready to #AnswerTheCall

We are counting on support from our past, current and future donors and members to help meet our goal too. Resources to significantly increase the number of BC nurses engaged in education in the coming years are much needed. By working together, we will show that we all recognize the value of nurses and that we all – including our donors – are willing to #AnswerTheCall!

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Announcing RNFBC AGM

Hello to you – our valued and past members:

I am pleased to advise you that the date of our 2022 Annual General Meeting will be held on June 16, 2022 from 5 – 7 pm via Zoom.  Please mark your calendars!

All our active members and those who have perhaps forgotten to renew their 2022 membership are invited to hear about the changes and advances the Registered Nurses Foundation of BC has made over the last year and plans for the future.  As our valued members, your engagement and support of these changes is crucial to our sustainability as well.  Please confirm your attendance at administrator@rnfbc.ca.

As a reminder – you must be an active member to vote at the AGM.  So, thank you to those who have renewed their 2022 membership.  For those who have set the task aside and you do not have an active membership, you will not be allowed to vote so please renew your membership today or at the latest May 5, 2022, at www.rnfbc.ca/membership.  A detailed AGM package will be sent to all active members two weeks before the AGM so you will have all the information you will need to vote on a number of items on the agenda along with the details for your attendance via Zoom.

I look forward to seeing all your faces on Zoom!

Diane Clements
President
Registered Nurses Foundation of BC
9 Foxw2ood Drive | Port Moody | BC | V3H 4X3

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Message from the Board President

I am honored to be serving as your new President. The Foundation benefited me early in my career, and I am privileged to be working with the Board of Directors and operations team, helping to guide its future.

The ongoing COVID 19 pandemic has continued to be challenging. Among the gloom, however, a highlight has been the critical role nurses continue to play in all areas of the health care system.

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Heartfelt Gratitude From Our President

Fiona Karmali

 

I would like to take a moment to share a short message of gratitude to all nurses during these stressful times. Situations like this underline the incredible work you do every day.

You ARE true heroes in our communities. You are making what could be people’s worst days better with your care, leadership, and dedication to helping others. Thank you!

You inspire us in your care of our loved ones and our neighbours. Thank you!

From the bottom of our hearts and the top of our minds, thank you on behalf of the Registered Nurses Foundation of BC.

In the meantime, let’s all do our part to help flatten the curve with regular and recommended infection prevention methods.

Please access trusted Covid19 information like the ones listed below.

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html
http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19
https://covid19.thrive.health/
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support

Stay safe and stay strong as we all get through this together.

Sincerest thanks,
Fiona

President
on behalf of the Volunteer Board of Directors
Registered Nurses Foundation of BC

Bursary applications: https://rnfbc.ca/bursaries/

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Bang Those Pots!

Bang those pots in appreciation of our amazing health care and essential service workers!

The Vancouver West Enders community group is inviting the entire city to join them from their balconies and windows to show their gratitude for the healthcare workers on the front lines of fighting COVID-19, as well as all the essential workers who are putting themselves at risk so Vancouverites can have access to food, transportation and other vital services.

So, honk your horn, bang a pot, sing a song, applaud or yell tonight and every night at 7 p.m. to show you care. It’s an easy gesture and, since most people are all home self-isolating or in quarantine, it doesn’t take a lot of effort and the kids will love it.

Make sure to spread the word to friends and family and make some noise at 7 p.m.

Share photos and videos on social media using the hashtags #TogetherWeCanDoIt and #Cheer4HealthWorkers.

Original article credit: vancourier.com

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