Letter From the Chair: Our Role in Complex Times

Dear Colleagues, 

It is a time of complexity and great change in the delivery of healthcare in our province. On behalf of the Association of Registered Nurses of Manitoba I want you to know that the Association is working to support you as you continue to provide excellent care in the midst of instability and uncertainty.  The board of directors of the Association supports the principle that health system reform must be grounded in evidence and driven by achieving improved health outcomes. We know that our members bring an essential and valuable component to effective health system transformation.

The Association’s vision is nurses advancing nursing and health.  As the professional voice of registered nurses, we are continually advocating for our members who provide safe, compassionate, ethical, quality patient care in all of our discussions with government and operational leaders within the province. We stress that our members have tremendous potential to influence transformative change in the healthcare system and our members are key to ensuring good patient outcomes. 

As RNs and RN NPs, we are in one of the best positions to identify opportunities for health care system improvement as we encounter issues that impact individual, families and communities we work with.  The Association is developing an advocacy toolkit to support you in raising key issues that you identify in your work. The toolkit will provide resources to help you develop messages as well as advocacy support material. We are also working on a series of fact sheets that outline the value of RNs and RN NP roles.  You can use these tools to lead from wherever you practice to advocate for your patients and your profession.  If we all use our voices, we raise the profile of our profession and our essential contributions to improved patient care. 
 
The Association’s purpose is to support you. In addition to our advocacy work, we have been providing professional development opportunities through the fall and will continue to do so in the new year. One highlight this fall was the CNA Dorothy Wylie Health Leaders Workshop: Leadership Skills for Complex Times on October 25; an outstanding and inspirational day with over 100 RNs and RN NPs in attendance.  We celebrated our provincial Professional Nursing Awards and  the Canada 150 CNA Award winners that same evening.  

The Association was created by registered nurses for registered nurses.  When we identify ourselves as RNs and RN NPs we increase the visibility of our profession and reinforce our role as health care providers while we work to improve the health of people living in Manitoba.  Together, we can collectively use our professional voice to ensure our value is recognized, our concerns and expert knowledge are heard, and people living in Manitoba continue to benefit from the improved patient outcomes associated with RNs and RN NPs care. 

Sincerely,

Margaret E. Rauliuk RN, NP, MN
Chair