News Bulletin VO. 25 NO. 5

Council Selection & Appointments

As shared in the President’s Message following Council in Novem­­ber, the Council recently approved a new Council Selection and Appointment Policy, which outlines how Council members are selected. The policy also includes size, composition, and term length for Council. As outlined, the next step was to draft the bylaw changes and then send for consultation.

At the end of November, the CRNS started the consultation process on the proposed bylaw amendments by seeking feedback from a variety o­f partners, including CRNS committee members and CRNS Mentors and Liaisons, as well as members of the Network of Inter-Professional Regulatory Organizations, Senior Nurse Leaders, and representatives from the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses, the Saskatchewan Health Authority, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses, the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan, the Ministry of Health, and the Deans of the Nursing Colleges.

Some of the suggested changes to these administrative bylaws include:

  • Council members are appointed in accordance with the process outlined in Council policy, except for those appointed under Section 8 of The Registered Nurses Act, 1988 (the Act).
  • Council consists of at least 10 and at most 12 members, a minimum of three who are public members.
  • One of the appointed members shall be selected by Council members as Council chair per Council policy. The duties and responsibilities of the chair are outlined in Council policy.

The reasoning behind these changes is well-researched, nationally supported by best practices for regulatory governance and backed by the amendments made to the Act. Many regulators are moving to competency-based Councils to fulfill the regulatory mandate of public protection best. Councils/boards provide governance, which requires setting strategic direction, providing leadership and oversight, and understanding the principles of good governance. A key focus of competency-based boards/councils is bringing diverse experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives to the table, increasing the potential for enhanced Council performance and effectiveness. The Act amendments permit the Council to be appointed rather than elected. Adopting an appointment process enables the most qualified candidate with the required knowledge, skills, and competencies to become a Council member.

The consultation period will run until Thursday, December 21. If you have any questions, please get in touch with Donna Marin, RN, Nursing Advisor, at

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