President’s Message October 2018

 

Dear members,

I hope everyone enjoyed their summer.

We had our first provincial teleconference on September 10, 2018. I would like to welcome new Chapter presidents and executives for accepting their new positions.
Our new Chapter presidents are Joyce Taekema (Central / North Vancouver Island), Lia Sambrielaz (Central Okanagan), Tanya Beatty (Kamloops), and Traci Skaalrud (Simon Fraser).
Our new executive members are Marie Blair (president-elect), Cathy Farrow (Media Chair), and Bonnie Tateham (Education Chair).
I also would like to thank the returning Executive members and Chapter presidents: Marliss Magas (provincial treasurer), Joyce Taekema (provincial secretary), Nelly Vanderby (membership), Liz Mooring (Chapter president Prince George), Lillian Hung (Chapter president Vancouver-Richmond), Corrina Templeton (Chapter president Victoria), Sukhi Sran (Chapter president Fraser Valley), Catrin Brodie, who became past provincial president in April 2018, and Liz Ilczaszyn, our business registrar.

The following is a summary of our memberships, my goals, and provincial activities:

Memberships:
Our membership has decreased by approximately 28% in a period of five years. I am not certain whether this change should be partly attributed to nurses retiring, or most RNs being replaced by LPNs in long term care facilities (LTC). While LTC facilities have staffed mostly LPNs, there are less than 6 % LPNS in our provincial membership.

We have added a third online option for membership registration. You can access the membership registration form through our website: http://gnabc.com).

Our registrar, at our teleconference on September 10, 2018, reported that we have 182 members, of which 177 are full and 5 are associates. This is an increase of 29% from last year’s membership of 141.

Goals:
1. Restore / rejuvenate our provincial membership
2. Provide opportunities to educate, and improve / increase members’ skills and knowledge in order to assist with responsible practice, and thus provide care that meets professional standards of practice and our residents’ / patients’ needs.
3. Participate actively with the CNA / CGNA project working groups to collaboratively share knowledge and skills.
4. Come together as a provincial association to personally participate in the annual education conference and general meeting.

Activities:
1. Developed a membership campaign poster for distribution to long term care facilities by the Chapter presidents or their designates. This poster invites nurses’ and particularly LPNs to join GNABC.
2. Cathy Farrow (our new Media Chair) and I held a teleconference with Heidi Holmes (CGNA Communications) in June 2018 to discuss social media. Cathy and I then worked together in writing a Social Media and Communication policy – draft distributed at the GNABC Executive teleconference on 10/09/2018. This policy describes responsibilities and expectations for GNABC members using social media. The purpose of this policy is to offer guidance on how GNABC members can communicate in a professional manner that upholds the reputation of GNABC. We are also hoping that we can increase our membership through the use of social media.
3. In April, I submitted to CGNA president info on dementia care BC initiatives received from L. Hung and L. Borza.
Submitted names of those who have expressed interest in participating in working groups.
Supported endorsement of Traci Skaalrud to participate in the development of the LPN Certification Exam with CNA / CGNA working group.
4. I participated at the CGNA teleconference as a board of director on September 12, 2018. After this teleconference, I submitted Dr. Lillian Hung’s name as one of the representatives to work with Mollie Cole (CGNA President) and Lori Schindel-Martin (CGNA President- elect) on reviewing the competencies for the entry to practice exam, last reviewed in 2010 by CNA.
5. Marie Blair, president-elect of GNABC, is co-chair of the 2019 GNABC Education Conference and AGM and I are working on the logistics and plans for this conference. Please visit our GNABC website at http://gnabc.com for more additional details.

Lilian MacTaggart, RN, BScN, MHSA, CHE, GNC (C)
President Gerontological Nurses Association of British Columbia 2018 – 2020

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April 2018

I am the newly inducted President of the Gerontological Nurses Association of British Columbia (GNABC) at the 2018 GNABC Education Conference and AGM (Annual General Meeting) in Nanaimo.   I have been a member of GNABC since 2007.  I held positions at the local chapter as President of the Simon Fraser GNABC Chapter for two and a half terms, the equivalent of five years, became the GNABC Provincial Treasurer, Chair of the 2013 CGNA Biennial Conference Finance Committee, and then the CGNA national treasurer.

I have seen our provincial association evolve through the years, so I would like to acknowledge and recognize the tremendous work of the past presidents and executive members of GNABC for the foundation they have built for our association, and for the work they have accomplished during their tenure.

Also thank you Chapter presidents and Chapter executives for your dedicated work supporting our provincial association,  and to each and every one of you who are our members for your active participation in your own local Chapters and for your attendance at the GNABC’s  annual education conference and AGM.

The past presidents and their executive members have done much through the years, and there are more needs to be accomplished.  Our membership has decreased by approximately 28% in a period of five years.   I am not certain whether a part of this change can be attributed to nurses retiring, or most RNs being replaced by LPNs in long term care facilities (LTC).  While LTC facilities have staffed mostly LPNs, there are less than 6 % LPNS in our provincial membership.

On behalf of GNABC, I would like to invite more LPN participation to their local chapters.  It has been our hope that our getting together and our educational sessions will continue to provide us with up to date knowledge and skills  to practice responsibly,  and so provide care that meets our professional standards of practice and our residents’ / patients’ needs.

Our outgoing Media Chair, Maneet Samra, has done well in posting for our website.   Also she and our provincial secretary, Joyce Taekema, have started the use of membership sign up on line via Paypal.  She will stay on and work with the incoming Media Chair, Cathy Farrow, and Joyce to improve the online membership registration and further use on line registration for the annual conferences.  With the incoming  Media Chair,  we would like to explore the use of appropriate social media where we can post educational opportunities , develop linkages with nursing allies, geroresearch with UBC, Seniors’ Advocate and LPNs, and  get GNABC more well known so as to  potentially increase our membership.

I would like us to continue to actively participate at the national level with CGNA, thus I have accepted to sit as a Board of Director after the CGNA’s AGM in May 2018.   Currently, there are three working groups for which CGNA has requested provincial participation and I would like to encourage our members to take this opportunity to contribute and experience working with colleagues from other provinces.  Please refer to my letter in regards to this.

As an incoming president, I look forward to working with you.  Please send me an email or call me for any questions, suggestions, or ideas you may have to assist us in continuing to move our provincial association forward.

I feel most blithe to serve GNABC and its members as president and very honored to accept this position.

Yours sincerely,

Li

Lilian “Li” MacTaggart, RN, BScN, MHSA, CHE, GNC (C)

President Gerontological Nurses Association of British Columbia 2018 – 2020