President's Brief

Brenda Kinney

100 Years Proud

Brenda Kinney, April 25, 2016

It is truly a privilege to be a registered nurse; celebrating 100 years of regulating the nursing profession with nurses who continue to pursue a vision of safe, competent and ethical care, and who will champion nursing regulatory and professional excellence in the future.

Our Centennial kicked-off with an invitation to the New Brunswick Legislature, joining the Premier, Minister of Health and MLA’s from all parties’ paying tribute to the nursing profession followed by an official Centennial Declaration signing. Less than a week later, NANB Board of Directors and staff hosted an MLA Breakfast providing an opportunity to discuss key priorities for healthcare and how RNs and NPs are poised and eager to participate in the development and introduction of innovative health models that would improve access and health management needed in New Brunswick.

The NANB is also taking the Centennial celebrations on the road, touring 11 chapter regions in New Brunswick, aiming at exchanging with as many current, former and future members in all areas of the province. Each reception is organized by local members giving them an opportunity to showcase their region specialties and thank nurses for their contribution to our profession. Please check out our online calendar found on NANB’s website (www.nanb.nb.ca) for reception details in your region.

Remarkably, 6% of membership entered to be randomly selected as one of NANB guests to attend CNA’s Biennial this June. 50 RNs/NPs were randomly selected from across the province and awarded convention registration fee, hotel accommodations, awards banquet ticket and more. NANB is also sponsoring two nursing students, one from each University. The excitement continues with an incredible lineup of presenters including Tim Porter O’Grady and Jann Arden…to name just a few. The Canadian Nurses Foundation will host a reception to announce NANB’s ‘Centennial PhD Scholarship’- the first in the province! Delegates are also invited to celebrate NANB’s Centennial at a reception prior to the opening ceremonies and I encourage all nurses to purchase a ticket to the Awards Banquet as I’ve been informed it will be a true maritime kitchen party nurses will be talking about for years to come.

National Nursing Week is just around the corner- May 9-15. In addition to promoting the nursing profession – highlighting activities organized around the province, participating in media campaigns, distributing a unique New Brunswick poster to workplaces, we are also marking this week by hosting a Time Capsule and Commemorative Tree Planting Ceremony at NANB on May 11th. Contributions are welcomed. Donations must be received at the NANB office on or before April 29th and include your full name, contact number, email address as well as a general description of the item and its significance. Donations can be sent directly to the Association. (165 Regent. St., Fredericton, NB E3B 7B4) Be part of the past 100 years by leaving your mark on the next 100!

Nurses will also see various municipalities around the province, many during National Nursing Week, raise a flag in recognition of NANB’s Centennial. An unbelievable tribute by local communities recognizing all that nurses do caring for the health and well-being of New Brunswickers.

I could not be more proud to be a registered nurse, privileged to represent the Association as your president, and even more importantly representing such an impactful and evolutionary history marked by pioneers who championed standardized and regulated nursing care to protect the public we care for each and every day.