The 13-member CRNS Council consists of nine members elected from the CRNS membership (including seven Members-At-Large from seven regions of the province, the President, and President-Elect), three government appointed public representatives and the association’s Executive Director (a non-elected, non-voting position). In addition to policy governance they propose new CRNS bylaws, including RN and NP competencies and standards, to the membership as well as the Minister of Health for approval and implementation.
CRNS Council Members are either elected by their peers or appointed by the provincial government and serve three-year terms.
The CRNS relies on the active engagement of its members. Members can develop their leadership skills and represent their peers by serving on the CRNS Council. Council members are expected to act in the best interest of the organization, to seek membership input, to openly engage and debate in Council meetings, and to respect all decisions made by Council.
The CRNS provides regular updates on council to its membership through both the President and Executive Director’s messages.
The CRNS President sends out updates to the CRNS membership on the outcomes of regular council meetings. In addition to ensuring members are aware of and engaged in any new governance decisions and plans, these updates also serve to educate members about emerging issues that may have an impact on their daily practice. The Executive Director’s Message serves to update membership on what’s new on the operational front.
CRNS Members elect their peers to the association’s Council annually through an online voting process in the month leading up to the Annual Meeting.
Elections for CRNS Council Member positions are staggered so that a few positions come up every year. Any CRNS member can run for election to council as long as they meet the requirements for the position they seek. Following the election, newly elected members are announced at the Annual Meeting.
The CRNS’s Executive Director operates under a framework that is defined by policies created by the CRNS Council.
The policies that govern the position of the Executive Director generally fall under the association’s strategic ends and also set parameters around risk. The policies were developed over a number of years and are reviewed annually by the CRNS Council. The CRNS’s Executive Director is responsible for reporting back to Council against these policies on a regular basis.