The Quality Assurance (QA) Committee is responsible for developing, administering and maintaining a QA program that ensures the safe, ethical and competent practice of all registrants. As harmonization of the QA program proceeds, the QA committee activities for all registrants will include overseeing the intervals and results of periodic assessments, peer reviews, and multisource feedback.
QA committee members are a combination of registrants and members of the public. Committee appointments are for 1, 2 or 3-year terms. A person may be appointed to the QA committee for up to six consecutive years.
The total number of meetings a member attends can vary. QA committee members are polled for their availability. The QA Committee can meet in panels of three members, with one member needing to be a public member. QA committee members should be prepared to commit to attending 5 regularly scheduled meetings per year plus an annual orientation with the full committee. Meetings range between 5 to 6 hours in length, with an estimated preparation time of 2 to 3 hours per meeting.
In April 2019, the BCCNP Board approved the Committee Composition Matrices upon the recommendation of the BCCNP Governance Committee. These composition matrices include values, core competencies, diverse perspectives, and specialized skills and experiences that will benefit the work of the committees in the context of the regulatory environment in which BCCNP currently operates.
The values articulated by the Board are critical in ensuring that committee members have a clear understanding of BCCNP's public protection mandate, are willing and able to work in collaboration with others, and positioned to lean in to the opportunities and challenges the Board and college are facing.
Act with integrity and speak the truth, be able and willing to take full responsibility for decisions and follow through on commitments.
Appreciate that, at times, plans will adjust to meet changing circumstances and needs.
Recognize that, in a complex system, what can emerge as a result of meaningful engagement and dialogue will be stronger than what is created in isolation.
Be open to new ideas, new perspectives, and new ways of doing things, always bringing a learning mindset to decision-making.
Create an environment and culture that welcomes
Be able to self-reflect and make decisions based on evidence and good information, to best fulfil the public mandate
Have compassion for the public and their right to safe, ethical care, demonstrated by an understanding and appreciation of, and commitment to, the public protection mandate and the time required to execute the role diligently, recognizing that public interest will always be prioritized over personal or professional interests.
Be able to work with others effectively, and appreciate different perspectives and opinions, while fostering and promoting, not impeding or stifling, robust dialogue.
Have a clear understanding of personal strengths, areas of development and potential biases, remaining open to reflection, feedback, continuous growth and improvement.
In order to contribute to the work of the QA committee, the following skills, practices and knowledge are required. We are looking for both registrants and public members that bring these to the table or are willing to learn these core competencies.
Understand the need for and obligations of confidentiality and safeguarding the privacy of all parties.
Have an ongoing learning, appreciation and respect for unique perspectives, cultural contexts, power imbalances, and biases in deliberation and decision-making, and recognition of the role the college plays in fostering culturally safe, humble, respectful, and quality health care, through its cultural safety and humility commitments.
Have strong interpersonal communication skills that include the ability to clearly articulate a perspective, engage in respectful, productive, and sometimes courageous or difficult, discussions with the committee, staff and stakeholders, while consistently reinforcing a culture of trust.
Know and understand the common terminology, acronyms and phrases used in health care.
Understand the role and philosophy of health profession regulators, the public protection mandate of the college, the applicable legislation, regulations, bylaws and policies, and the core work of the college.
Be able to carefully review voluminous material within set timelines, assess implications, identify patterns, make connections, and narrow the issues to support good decision-making.
Understand administrative law and quasi-judicial processes, commit to the unbiased balancing of issues, meticulously weigh evidence, think critically about issues at hand, consider options within the scope of the college's mandate and power, and bring consistency and sound judgment to decision-making in accordance with procedural fairness principles set out in common law.
Know how to use methods that align with the developmental intention of the College’s quality assurance program and philosophy.
Understand the standards and scopes of practice that guide nursing practice in British Columbia, and be able to determine where a breach or potential breach might occur.
Be aware of the complex system in which the college works, including the stakeholders within that system, and the impact that college decisions have on this greater community.
Be able to work electronically in order to uphold security, privacy and efficiency of the college's work.
In addition to the competencies outlined above, we have identified some unique experiences and skills that we would like to draw from. The decisions of the QA committee are better when we have diverse perspectives at the table. When recruiting to this committee we look for the following:
A variety of cultural and historical backgrounds and experiences, that reflect the community the College serves and the cultural context within health care.
A variety of educational backgrounds and experiences that reflect the diverse public served by the College.
First Nations and Indigenous voices, embedded within the College's governance structure, to ensure that deliberations are informed and decisions include and respect First Nations perspectives, that biases are identified and questioned, and that the College's collective work continues to grow in its cultural safety and humility journey, contributing to positive systemic change.
A variety of perspectives to support decisions that are balanced, relevant and reflective of the public.
Regional diversity, to reflect the reality that practice, access to healthcare, and the public's expectations of the health care system varies throughout the province.
Diverse practice experiences, backgrounds and specialties that inform dialogue and decision-making, ensuring decisions meet intended objectives, are practical and, ultimately, protect the public.
Diverse leadership experience in the public, private, healthcare, and not-for-profit sectors to promote knowledge and the sharing of best practices.
Lived experience accommodating or navigating a spectrum of physical, mental health, or cognitive abilities, the knowledge of which can enhance relevant, thoughtful decisions that protect the public.
Experience in facilitating committee or panel meetings, developing a positive culture, conflict resolution, and fostering effective decision making.
Understand how governance works, how committees should function, and be able to think critically about its structure and practices, which result in recommendations to the board.
Experience and understanding of the quality assurance and quality improvement programs and assessments in health care, and experience in developing tools that enable meaningful feedback and continuous improvement.
If you are interested in serving on one of BCCNP’s committees, and have a passion for protecting the public, please: