The mission of PANBC is to connect registered nurses working in all phases of PeriAnesthesia care throughout BC by serving as a resource and by promoting excellence in PeriAnesthesia nursing through education, dialogue, research and standards of practice.
PANBC is a Professional Practice Group (PPG). Our purpose is to promote excellence in PeriAnesthesia Nursing Practice and to promote and encourage continuing education for PeriAnesthesia Nurses.
WHY BELONG TO A PROFESSIONAL NURSING ASSOCIATION?
CNA (Canadian Nurses Association) Position
The CNA believes that nursing regulatory bodies and professional nursing associations have unique yet complementary roles in advancing nursing excellence (or strengthening nursing) and contributing to public protection and quality health outcomes in the public interest.
CNA believes there are several areas in which nursing regulatory bodies and professional nursing associations have complementary roles including, but not limited to:
- Promoting Continuing competence
- Strengthening the nursing profession
- Creating quality practice environments
- Ensuring patient safety
- Mitigating and managing nurse fatigue
CNA believes that nursing regulatory bodies and professional nursing associations collectively demonstrate the profession is committed to retaining the public’s trust.
CNA believes nursing regulatory bodies and professional nursing associations must collaborate with each other and other stakeholders through consensus building and fulfill their respective mandates in a manner that promotes coherence of the nursing profession in the public interest.
The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has identified three key program areas as crucial to the betterment of nursing and health. These are known as ICN’s Pillars and they are: Professional Practice, Regulation, and Socio-Economic Welfare.
Ensuring the provision of safe, compassionate, competent and ethical care to patients within the health-care system is a responsibility shared by all health-care professionals, health-care organizations and governments and requires the active involvement of the public.
Through provincial and territorial legislation, nursing regulatory bodies are accountable for public protection by ensuring registered nurses are safe, competent, compassionate, and ethical practitioners.
“Those nurses who join professional organizations begin to perceive themselves as more professional…Membership in professional organizations, and thus increased professionalism, may influence the recruitment and retention of dedicated nurses, resulting in improved outcomes for patients.”
Hall (1967, 1968, 1982) developed a professional model and identified five attitudinal attributes that characterize most mature professions. These include:
- The use of professional organizations as major referent groups and individual support of professional associations by attending professional meetings, serving on professional committees, leading such committees, and reading professional journals as part of the overall socialization into the profession.
- The belief in public service, supporting the idea that the profession is beneficial and indispensable to society.
- The autonomy that allows professionals to make their own decisions and judgments about the services they provide with minimal pressure from external sources including employers, government legislators and regulators, other professionals, and nonprofessionals. Independent practice often is associated with autonomy.
- Belief in self-regulation that endorses control of work and the evaluation of work by colleagues who are fellow professionals.
- A sense of calling representing a commitment to the profession beyond economic incentives. Professionals are dedicated and devoted to their work and their clients with a high degree of idealism.