updated April 2022
BCCNM seeks to ensure unshakeable confidence in nursing and midwifery care and protect the public by regulating nurses and midwives to ensure they provide care that is safe, competent, ethical, and meets the standards that the college sets.
Our legal mandate and evolving regulatory trends and theories underpin but do not alone determine our regulatory philosophy.
The following principles reflect our regulatory values about how we regulate to protect the public to optimize our impact. They define the essence of our character, providing the lens through which our staff, committees, and board approach the design, delivery, and evaluation of our regulatory programs, tools, processes, and policies.
We believe in preventing harms to patients and the public whenever possible. We seek to reduce harm by being proactive and preventive. To do this, we implement tools and systems to anticipate, assess, and measure risk. When harms occur, we respond and offer registrants help with compliance or, if needed, take further measures.
We believe in upholding the rights of Indigenous Peoples as set out in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by understanding and upholding those rights, recognizing the impacts of settler colonialism, practising cultural safety and humility, addressing Indigenous-specific racism, and creating regulatory pathways for Indigenous ways of knowing and being.
We believe in justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the regulation of health professionals, which means being person and family-centred in our approach and customizing our work to meet people where they are. We aim to identify, remove, and prevent systemic inequalities for all people.
We believe in the Right-Touch approach of using the minimum regulatory force needed to achieve the desired results. We use the Right-Touch principles of being proportionate, agile, targeted, consistent, accountable, and transparent. We apply Right-Touch within a complex system, by bringing deep knowledge, skill, ability, self-reflection, and judgement to every decision we make.
We believe in seeking, applying, and, when needed, developing information to inform our decision-making. We establish performance measures, including process and outcome measures, to evaluate our work and optimize our impact.
We believe that working within a large complex health care system, we need to collaborate with system partners, including other regulators, because it has the greatest impact in reducing harm to the public. We recognize that our regulatory actions are more effective and targeted when we purposefully engage with our partners and the public we serve.
We believe, as one of the largest health profession regulators in Canada, that we have an important leadership role in protecting the public. We recognize the environment we work within is complex and at times we need to incur risk to innovate and drive regulatory change to prevent harm.
The available body of facts or information indicating whether a belief or proposition is true or valid.
Note: Indigenous culture-based approaches or ways of being are considered evidence.