The Association of Registered Nurses of BC
Election Issues and Platforms
Integrated and Comprehensive Team Based Care

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What Do Nurses Expect Government to Do?

  • Work with stakeholders to support the establishment of programs and processes that will enable health authorities and hospitals to build effective collaborative interprofessional teams.
  • Include all healthcare professionals, not just physicians in the consultation process around developing collaborative interprofessional teams, and recognize that physicians are not the only healthcare providers who can lead and direct a team.
  • Ensure the knowledge, skills and expertise of all health professionals are utilized to their full potential, especially in primary health care, rural health, mental health and end-of-life and palliative care.
  • Establish alternate funding models for healthcare providers that support interprofessional health teams.

Ask the Candidates!

  • What is your government's plan in ensuring all British Columbians have access to a primary health care provider?
  • What do you think the features of high-performing primary care are in B.C., and how will your government work to achieve them?
  • How would your government achieve the Triple Aim objectives (Better Health, Better Care, Better Value)?
  • How would your government capitalize on all members of the healthcare team to ensure a cost-effective system of primary care?
  • How will your government work towards greater integration of nurse practitioners in primary care?
  • While it takes time to update legislation, what is the purpose of introducing a new profession if they are unable to practice to their full scope? Why would we not ensure that legislation follows the implementation, which would ensure NPs are not left feeling undervalued?
  • What is your vision for the current fee-for-service model that exists throughout B.C., particularly as many newly graduated physicians are indicating that they would rather work on salary? Nurses recognize the limitations of our fee-for-service system - will your government be brave enough to investigate and consult on other options?

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B.C. Liberals New Democratic Party Green Party
  • Train and place an additional 100 nurse practitioners across British Columbia.
  • Funding to train an additional 500 nurses per year across the province by 2022.
  • Work with provincial medical credentialing colleges to safely and responsibly expand the scope of practice of nurse practitioners in British Columbia, thereby reducing pressure on doctors, registered nurses, and other in-demand professions.
  • Work with the Doctors of BC and BC Health Authorities to allow nurse practitioners in areas underserved by general practitioners, access to MSP fee codes for treatment in addition to referral services.
  • Explore additional scope of practice expansion for pharmacists.
  • Making the provision of team-based primary care the top priority for the Ministry of Health.
  • Implement new urgent care models.
  • Invest in more paramedics.
  • Invest in local solutions in rural health service delivery.
  • Supports integrated, multidisciplinary healthcare system by utilizing providers such as nurse practitioners. Read more...
  • Allocate $100 million for the expansion of support for interprofessional, integrated primary care to be provided by physiotherapists, nurse practitioners, midwives, dieticians and other health care professionals.