The San’yas: Indigenous Cultural Safety Training is a unique, on-line training program designed to enhance self-awareness, and strengthen the skills of those who work both directly and indirectly with Indigenous people. The goal of the training is to develop understanding and promote positive partnerships between service providers and Indigenous people.
Skilled facilitators guide and support each learner through interactive course materials. Participants examine culture, stereotyping, and the consequences and legacies of colonization. Through the program, they learn about terminology; diversity; as well as aspects of colonial history such as Indian residential schools and Indian Hospitals.
Midwives are lifelong learners who continually assess and improve their practice. The San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training program is particularly relevant in light of the ongoing investigation into allegations of racism in our province’s ERs. We encourage midwives who haven’t yet done the course to consider adding it to their professional development.
BCCNM also supports its own staff to complete the training as part of their own professional development.
The following message was sent to all primary care providers on behalf of Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer.
I have received reports of children and adolescents in British Columbia presenting with a syndrome that could have been COVID-19 associated Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C). While no case has been linked to COVID-19, it is important that we track this closely to inform parents and clinicians about this syndrome in B.C.
Therefore, I am hereby providing notice of a duty to report each suspected incidence of MIS-C and information about each incidence to the medical health officer in your regional health authority.
Read the official notice here.
The following is a description of MIS-C and the information to be reported.
Incidences of people with Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome in Children and Adolescents (MIS-C) are to be promptly reported to the medical health officer and include any cases with onset since January 1, 2020.
Patients to be reported are children and adolescents 0-19 years of age with fever ≥ 3 days AND two of the following:
Such people should be tested for evidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection (positive PCR test or serology) for confirmation purposes.
The information to be reported about each incidence includes:
Thank you for your continued support of measures to prevent and manage COVID-19 in B.C.
Bonnie Henry, MD, MPH, FRCPC
Provincial Health Officer
Office of the PHO
Ministry of Health
A new virtual support initiative is now available for rural healthcare providers to deliver timely patient-centred care closer to home. Real-Time Virtual Support (RTVS) pathways provide midwives, nurse practitioners, nurses and physicians in rural, remote, and First Nations communities with access to 24-hour, just-in-time advice to support patient care. The pathways were developed not only to improve access to care but also to help rural healthcare providers seek support about their patients or situations in a safe, non-judgmental way.
Through Zoom, practitioners can be connected to one of five teams providing culturally safe and compassionate support:
These teams have an understanding of the rural and cultural contexts and are available to support rural healthcare providers for any issue, including:
There is also a toolkit available that’s aimed at helping healthcare providers in rural, remote, and First Nations communities navigate the pathways and includes access information, Zoom instructions, FAQs, bios and photos of RTVS teams, and posters.
Real-Time Virtual Support is an initiative of the Virtual Health and Wellness Collaborative for Rural and First Nations BC and is made possible through the incredible work and collaboration of the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (supported by the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues), First Nations Health Authority, Provincial Health Services Authority, Providence Health Care, BC Emergency Medicine Network, and UBC Department of Emergency Medicine.
Our office is closed Monday, Sept. 7 for Labour Day. We’ll open (virtually) again on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 8:30 a.m.
On Sept. 1, 2020, the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) began regulating all nurses and midwives in B.C. The previous entities—BCCNP and CMBC—have been amalgamated into a single entity.
The new BCCMN website will be launched later in Fall 2020. Until then, the legacy websites of both colleges will continue. We appreciate your patience as we work to get documents and standards updated with new information and branding.
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We are pleased to let you know that the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) officially launches today, Sep. 1, 2020. The establishment of BCCNM marks an exciting new era in professional regulation: we are Canada’s first nurse and midwife regulator, as well as western Canada’s largest health professional regulator.
Our new college is excited to build on the strong foundations of collaboration and partnership established by the former colleges: The College of Midwives of BC and the BC College of Nursing Professionals. We look forward to continuing to work with other regulators, health system partners and the public to build and deploy best practices in regulation.
The creation of BCCNM is in line with the Ministry of Health’s ongoing efforts to streamline and modernize health profession regulation in B.C. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the BC Government on this exciting work.
This amalgamation has been a significant amount of work, by many people. In particular, we’d like to thank the staff, leadership teams and boards of the two legacy colleges for their hard work, dedication, expertise and for maintaining a sense of humour throughout this process. We also could not have gotten here without the support of the Minister of Health and his excellent staff; our committee members; our registrants; our educational partners; our regulatory colleagues across the country, and of course, the public. Everyone has played an important role to get us here, and we thank you.
For most registrants, day-to-day interactions with the college shouldn’t be impacted.
We’re hard at work on building our new website and developing our brand—look for updates on that later this fall. For the time being, we’ll continue to maintain the existing college websites. You can also like and follow us on our social media channels:
We look forward to a collaborative relationship. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.
Registrar & CEO