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New virtual supports available for healthcare providers in rural, remote and First Nations communities

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:

  1. RUDi – Emergency
  2. ROSe – Critical Care
  3. CHARLiE – Pediatrics
  4. MaBAL – Maternity and Newborn
  5. UBC Dermatology Rural and Remote Service

These teams have an understanding of the rural and cultural contexts and are available to support rural healthcare providers for any issue, including:

  • providing a patient consult, second opinion, or ongoing patient support;
  • reviewing a patient case;
  • running through patient simulation scenarios;
  • navigating the healthcare system; and
  • providing collaborative support in critical times.

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.

BCCNM: what to expect

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.

A few things to note:

Questions or comments?

Drop us a line at info@bccnm.ca.

Welcome to the BC College of Nurses and Midwives

A new era in regulation

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.

The road to get here

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.

What you can expect

For most registrants, day-to-day interactions with the college shouldn’t be impacted.

Keeping in touch

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.

Cynthia Johansen
Cynthia Johansen
Registrar & CEO
Rob CalnanRob Calnan
Board Chair

Important notice about website

IMPORTANT As of Sept. 1, 2020, College of Midwives of BC amalgamated with the BC College of Nursing Professionals to become the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM). The new BCCNM website is under construction and will be launched in late Fall 2020.

​In the interim, visitors can still retrieve information about midwifery regulation from the CMBC website or nursing regulation from the BCCNP website. Although the content on both websites may refer to CMBC or BCCNP respectively, it is the most current information on nursing and midwifery regulation. We appreciate your patience while we work towards launching the new BCCNM website and updating all our documents to reflect our new BCCNM name and brand.

CMBC & BCCNP welcome government’s updated plan for regulatory reform

Earlier today, the Ministry of Health shared updates to the multi-party steering committee’s plans to modernize the framework for health profession regulation. The initial proposal was shared for public consultation in November 2019. The updated framework reflects feedback that the committee has since received from regulators (including BCCNP and CMBC), health professionals, associations, educators, health authorities, Indigenous partners, unions, and the public. The full report is
available online

We welcome the recommendations made in the updated report. We are encouraged that Minister Dix and the steering committee have continued to advance this work despite the ongoing demands of the pandemic, as it highlights the role of the regulator as an agile partner in healthcare – one that enables and supports health professionals to deliver safe and ethical care.

Thanks to government’s support, we have already made good progress. On Sept. 1, 2020, the amalgamation between BCCNP and CMBC will take effect, establishing Canada’s first combined regulator of nurses and midwives. The board for the new college, appointed by the Minister of Health, comprises an equal mix of public members and registered professionals. And we are developing plans to further embed the principles of cultural safety and humility throughout our regulatory work.

We look forward to continued collaboration with the government, our fellow regulators, and other partners to advance these recommendations, so that we can fulfil our shared vision for more effective health profession regulation in the public interest.

Read the release

Read the full report

Revised fees for Midwives in effect Sept. 1 – Dec. 31, 2020

The BC College of Nurses and Midwives board on Aug. 18, 2020 approved a revised fee schedule that will be in effect Sept. 1 – Dec. 31, 2020. Changes were made to administration and application fees in order to harmonize fees between CMBC and BCCNP. Fee changes for midwives are listed in the table below. The fees for 2021, including registration/renewal fees, will be posted in the fall.

Please note that BCCNM does not accept payments by cheque. BCCNM accepts the following payment methods:

Administrative fees

The fees below are all subject to GST.

Jan. 1, 2020 to Aug. 31, 2020

Sept. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020

$ Change

% Change

Annual registration renewal administration fee

$50

0

($50)

-100%

Fee to process a refund for cancellation of registration requested by registrant

$0

$75

$75

+100%

Certificate of Professional Conduct

$30

$50

$20

+67%

Letter of Good standing

$100

$50

($50)

-50%

Practice Name Reservation letter for Corporate Registry

$40

$50

$10

+25%

Fee for non-sufficient funds

$40

$50

$10

+25%

Application fees

Jan. 1, 2020 to Aug. 31, 2020

Sept. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020

 

$ Change

% Change

Initial applications for practising midwife class (all applicants)

$200

$230

$30

15%

Initial applications for non-practising midwife class (all applicants except current practising midwife registrants)

$200

$100

($100)

-50%

Initial applications for non-practising midwife class (current practising midwife registrants only)

$30

$30

0%

Reinstatement applications for practising midwife class (former registrants only)

$200

$225

$25

13%

Reinstatement applications for non-practising midwife class (former registrants only)

$200

$100

($100)

-50%

Reinstatement applications for practising midwife class or non-practising midwife class (current registrants only)

$30

$30

0%

Reinstatement surcharge (unregistered practice) – may apply to reinstatement applications for practising midwife class or non-practising midwife class (all applicants)

$0                          

$325

$325

100%

Applications for student midwife class (all applicants)

$75

$75

0%

BCCNM Board appoints Cynthia Johansen as Registrar & CEO of Canada’s first nurse and midwife regulator

Posted Aug. 19, 2020

We are pleased to announce that the board of the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) has appointed Cynthia Johansen to serve as its first Registrar & CEO. Cynthia currently serves as the Registrar & CEO of the BC College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP).

Cynthia has assumed decision-making responsibilities on behalf of BCCNM and will continue to consult with Louise Aerts in her capacity as Registrar & Executive Director of CMBC, as we work towards BCCNM go-live on Sept. 1, 2020.

The board is confident that in Cynthia, we have the right person to guide the organization through its critical transformation into Canada’s first nurse-midwife regulator, while continuing to position BCCNM as a leader in health profession regulation.

We are also pleased to announce that following amalgamation, Louise will assume the role of Executive Director, Strategy & Integration, with BCCNM. All staff from both BCCNP and CMBC have positions with the new college.

Please join us in congratulating Cynthia and Louise on their new roles with BCCNM.

If you have questions about this appointment or about the amalgamation in general, please email us.

BCCNM board posts further revised bylaws for review

Posted Aug. 18, 2020

The board of the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) has approved a second re-posting of proposed initial bylaws for the amalgamated college. Some revisions to the proposed bylaws were previously posted on July 29, 2020.

The review period that started on May 27, 2020 continues. Feedback will be accepted until Aug. 27, 2020.

What happens to feedback?

The BCCNM board will meet on or before September 1st to give its final approval to the initial bylaws. Comments submitted before August 27th will be considered by the BCCNM board before giving its final approval.

If you prefer, you may provide comments directly to the Ministry of Health.