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Health Care Resources for British Columbia

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Access to the searchable Healthwise Knowledgebase for information on a number of health related issues. Also includes information specific to B.C. residents such as current recommendations regarding health immunization and screening schedules, public health and safety issues, and nutrition guidelines for Canadians. The Healthwise database is used by the BCNurseLine. This site was selected as a core resource for the Nurse Practitioner Program, Professor Gloria Joachim.

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The Red Book Online is a guide to community, social and government agencies and services across the Lower Mainland.


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The vision of the e-HLbc is to provide the entire British Columbia academic and health care community with province-wide, consistent, high quality, cost-effective, equitable, and easily accessible health library resources that will support and improve practice, education, and research. Health care professionals, students, teachers and researchers of member organizations have unrestricted access to the e-HLbc resources. Member organizations include all post-secondary institutions providing health education, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Children and Family Development, all Health Authorities, and the BC College of Physicians and Surgeons

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Provides services including access to journal articles to members of the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia and RNANT/NU, CLPNBC registrants, and CRNM & SRNA staff

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NurseOne, the Canadian Nurses Portal, was launched June 19, 2006, at the annual meeting of the Canadian Nurses Association. It includes fulltext reference books and fulltext journal articles. It is a major information resource for all registered nurses in Canada


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The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses in Ontario.

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The Yukon Registered Nurses Association (YRNA) is the regulatory body and professional association for registered nurses in the Yukon.

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The Registered Nurses Association of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut is the regulatory and professional body for Registered Nurses in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut established in 1975.

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The Registered Nurses Association of Prince Edward Island is the regulatory and professional body for Registered Nurses in Prince Edward Island.

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The Registered Nurses Association of New Brunswick is the regulatory and professional body for Registered Nurses in New Brunswick.

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The Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association, established in 1917, is the professional self-regulatory body for the province’s RNs and RN(NP)s.

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The Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec is the regulatory and professional body for Registered Nurses in Québec.

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Includes Canadian nursing news, as well as information on advocacy, employment, events, nursing facts & figures and much more. Selected for Nursing 453, Leadership and Management in Health Care, Janet Walker.

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An affiliate group of the Canadian Nurses Association, it is the only Aboriginal professional nursing organization in Canada. The site includes links to publications, structure, membership and notices.

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The Canadian Nursing Students Association (CNSA) is the voice of nursing students in Canada. For over thirty years, CNSA has represented the interests of nursing students to federal and provincial governments and other nursing organizations.

International Council of Nurses

The International Council of Nurses is a federation of national nurses' associations, representing nurses in more than 120 countries. Founded in 1899, ICN is the world's first and widest reaching international organisation for health professionals.

Sigma Theta Tau International

The only international nursing honor society worldwide, STTI is a global community of nurse leaders with members belong to 469 chapters who live in 86 countries. Through this network, its members lead in using knowledge, scholarship, service and learning to improve the health of the world's people.

American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN)

The purpose of AAMN is to provide a framework for nurses as a group to meet, discuss, and influence factors which affect men as nurses.

American Nurses Association

The largest nursing organization in the US.


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The Hospital Employees' Union is the largest health care union in British Columbia – representing more than 43,000 members working for public, non-profit and private employers.

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Protecting the health of patients and our public health system, promoting nurses and the nursing profession at the national level - and doing it effectively - is the job of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions.

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The BCNU protects and advances the health, social and economic well-being of its members and communities. They are more than 32,000 nurses and allied healthcare workers.

Speciality Nursing Practice Groups

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The National Emergency Nurses Affiliation (NENA) - Emergency Nursing as a Specialty

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The Canadian Association of Nephrology Nurses and Technologists is a not-for-profit organization incorporated under the Government of Canada, founded to promote excellence in nephrology care.

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The Canadian Respiratory Health Professionals (CRHP) is the Lung Association's multidisciplinary allied health professional section.

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The Canadian Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (CANAC) is a national professional nursing organization committed to fostering excellence in HIV/AIDS nursing, promoting the health, rights and dignity of persons affected by HIV/AIDS and to preventing the spread of HIV infection. CANAC's members hail from all regions of Canada working in clinical practice, education, research and/or administration. We have a proud history of working in collaboration with other nursing organizations and with the international HIV/AIDS community. Volunteerism and solidarity with those affected by HIV/AIDS are the heart and soul of our organization.

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The Canadian Association of Neuroscience Nurses sets high standards of practice and promotes continuing professional education and research. Members collaborate with individuals, families, communities and health care professionals to promote wellness and injury prevention for clients at risk for/or experiencing alterations of the nervous

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Enterostomal therapy is a specialty area of nursing that provides preventive, acute and rehabilitative care for people with select disorders of the gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and integumentary systems.

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ORNAC is an Associate member of the Canadian Nursing Association (CNA) and has a membership of over 3500 members. ORNAC was officially formed in 1983. The organization is completely managed by volunteers who give of their time to promote educational programs and high standards of operating room nursing practice.

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The National Society of Critical Care Nurses (NSCCN) based in Toronto, a Chapter of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), was established in 1975.

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The goal of this organization is to promote understanding and effective utilization of information technologies in the Canadian Healthcare environment. The organization consists of more than 750 health executives, physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals, researchers, educators, information technology managers and vendors.

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The British Columbia Society of Respiratory Therapists (BCSRT) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to maintaining and improving the quality and standards of respiratory care in British Columbia.

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In 1989 interested registered nurses banded together and formed the BC History of Nursing Professional Practice Group under the umbrella of the Registered Nurses Association of BC (now the College of Registered Nurses of BC.) The mission of the founders was to discover, disseminate, and preserve BC's nursing history. In 2008 the organization became registered under the Society Act of British Columbia and is now known as the BC History of Nursing Society (BCHNS).

Association of Rehabilitation Nurses

ARN's mission is to promote and advance professional rehabilitation nursing practice through education, advocacy, collaboration, and research to enhance the quality of life for those affected by disability and chronic illness.

Colleges - Regulatory Bodies

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CRNBC protects the public by effectively regulating registered nurses and nurse practitioners. Selected for Nursing 453, Leadership and Management in Health Care, Janet Walker.

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All nursing professions are regulated in Canada.

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Protects the public by regulating Registered Psychiatric Nurses to be safe, competent and ethical as mandated by the Health Professions Act of B.C.

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The College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba (the College) exists to protect the public in Manitoba by setting standards for registered nursing practice, supporting registered nurses in meeting the standards and taking action when the standards are not met.

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The College of Nurses of Ontario is the governing body for registered nurses (RNs), registered practical nurses (RPNs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) in Ontario, Canada.

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The College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (the College) is the regulatory body for the approximately 9,300 registered nurses, including nurse practitioners, licensed to practise in the province of Nova Scotia.


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VON offers more than 75 different home care, personal support, and community services to enhance each client’s quality of life by providing them with the personal assistance and support needed to make them comfortable in their own home.

DIRLINE: Directory of Health Organizations

DIRLINE is the U.S. National Library of Medicine's online database containing location and descriptive information about a wide variety of information resources including organizations, research resources, projects, and databases concerned with health and biomedicine. Each record may contain information on the publications, holdings, and services provided. These information resources fall into many categories including federal,state, and local government agencies; information and referral centers;professional societies; self-help groups and voluntary associations;academic and research institutions and their programs; information systems and research facilities. Topics include HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, most diseases and conditions including genetic and other rare diseases, health services research and technology assessment. DIRLINE can be searched using subject words (such as disease or condition) including Medical Subject Headings (MeSH®,) or for the name or location of a resource.