Frequently Asked Questions: Move to Single Mandate and the Establishment of an Independent Association

Why is the SRNA making this decision now?

 The SRNA Council has been studying the trends across the country for many months. Over the past year they have conducted literature reviews, invited people from other jurisdictions across Canada to share their experience and have engaged in significant discussions to look at every aspect of making the move to a single mandate and the establishment of an independent registered nursing association in Saskatchewan. Through this work, it became very clear to all Council members that strengthening the three pillars in registered nursing is in the best interest of the profession.

Currently, the SRNA is well positioned to open the Registered Nurses Act, 1988 and shift association responsibilities to a new organization. The SRNA’s legislative mandate is clear, to serve and protect the public interest; therefore, our regulatory work has to remain our focus.  The SRNA has already initiated conversation with government and have begun examining what changes will be required to legislation to help facilitate the change. The SRNA is also entering the third year of our strategic plan, allowing for SRNA Council and Leadership to thoughtfully create strategies to move to a single mandate and support the establishment of an independent association, ensuring the goals collectively reflect this move.

What are the three pillars of nursing?

The three pillars of nursing are the regulatory pillar, the association pillar and the union pillar. The regulatory pillar acts on behalf of the PUBLIC to ensure nurses provide safe competent care. The association pillar acts on behalf of NURSING to advance the profession and influence health and social policy. The union acts on behalf of NURSES primarily to secure salary, benefits and working conditions.

SRNA currently serves two of the three pillars of registered nursing in Saskatchewan—the association pillar and the regulatory pillar. The nursing unions serve the union pillar. Council’s unanimous decision to move toward a single mandate and support the establishment of an independent association, separating the association role from the regulatory role, will strengthen the profession of registered nursing overall.

What will be the role of the SRNA moving forward?

The SRNA as it currently stands will maintain the regulatory role in the province with a focus on regulatory excellence. As the regulator, the SRNA is accountable for public protection by ensuring members are competent. The Registered Nurses Act, 1988 specifically directs our regulatory mandate including specifics on regulatory requirements for licensure and nursing education program approval, investigations and discipline. The regulatory role will include setting the standards for practice, regulation and education, supporting RNs to meet the standards, and act when the standards are not met.

How will the Association be formed?

The formation of the association will be a grassroots movement with support from the SRNA. Nursing champions will lead the development of the association and will be involved in all decision-making regarding its formation.

Did the SRNA seek out a legal opinion or discuss the move with other jurisdictions?

The SRNA has sought out legal opinions, had conversations with other jurisdictions and has a good relationship with other nursing regulators in the province to ensure the upcoming changes are understood and that other perspectives are considered.

How long will this transition take?

The SRNA will work with government, partners and members to ensure the successful transition to an independent association. It is anticipated the transition will take at least two to three years to complete but may be longer to ensure a smooth transition for our members and a clear understanding of the separate roles.

Will this cost members more money?

Because the association has not yet been established, the details regarding fees and the fee schedule is undetermined. The SRNA will ensure the most up-to-date information is available as it becomes available.

What do the changes coming for SRNA mean for Council nominations and elections?

This transition will take approximately two to three years to complete, so the SRNA will continue to follow existing bylaws  throughout the change, including yearly elections to fill positions on Council and the Nominations Committee, until it is determined what needs to change and which functions will move to the Association.

How will members be contacted about further information regarding this move?

As we progress in this transition, the SRNA will also ensure the membership stays up-to-date via emails, updates from the President and Executive Director, social media and content on the website.

How can I be involved?

We are using the 2020 conference in May as a launch pad to support the establishment of an independent association and provide opportunities to openly discuss the various aspects of this change and identify champions of this grassroots movement.

Be sure to mark your calendars and join us there!

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