YRNA has 11 STANDING COMMITTEES:
- Registration Advisory Committee
- Registration Appeal Committee
- Nursing Practice Committee
- Education Approval Committee
- Complaints Committee
- Discipline Committee
- Nominations Committee
- Nurse Practitioner Advisory Committee
- Nurse Practitioner Committee
- Appeal Committee
- Finance Committee
And TWO AD HOC COMMITTEES:
- Audit Committee
- Education Fund Management Committee
The Standing Committees derive their mandate from the Bylaws of the Association. The creation of a new Education Fund Management committee was authorized by Board resolution in January 2003. Part 8 of the Bylaws gives direction to the Standing Committees as do the Terms of Reference established by the committees themselves.
The Registration Committee derives its mandate from the Yukon Registered Nurses Profession Act , the Yukon Registered Nurses Association Regulations and the direction of the Board.The mandate of the Registration Committee is to develop policies and procedures necessary for registration of nurses in Yukon; to make appropriate recommendations to the Board; to submit a written report before Board meetings; and to submit an annual report for publication.
The membership of the registration and membership committee shall be three members appointed for two year terms, renewable at the Boards discretion. The registrar shall be a member in a non-voting capacity.
Terms of Reference
The terms of reference for the Registration Committee shall be in accordance with the Act and shall be to make recommendations to the Board with respect to:
- management of examinations;
- requirements for registration and membership.
Nursing Practice Committee
The membership of the Nursing Practice Committee shall be five members from a variety of practice areas.
The Chairperson is an elected member of the Board of YRNA and serves for a two year term.
Standing committee members will be appointed for two year terms. An effort will be made to stagger the appointments of new members in order to provide continuity.
Individuals with knowledge and expertise in related practice areas will be invited to join the Nursing Practice Committee as needed for the duration of a specific project or initiative.
Meetings will be held at least 4 times each year at the call of the Chair.Terms of Reference
The Nursing Practice Committee will:
- Recommend standards of nursing practice for approval by the Board and review these standards every 5 years or more often as directed by the Board.
- Provide a report to the Annual General Meeting on committee activities and national trends in nursing.
- Serve in an advisory capacity to the Board of YRNA and YRNA members in matters related to nursing practice as deemed necessary or as requested by the Board or members.
- Serve in an advisory capacity to the Executive Director on specific regional issues on an ad hoc basis and nursing practice issues arising at a national level.
- Make recommendations to the Board on nursing practice issues affecting Yukon nurses.
Nursing Practice Committee (private page)- coming soon
Education Approval Committee
In the case of a nursing program being offered in the Yukon, the Education Approval Committee would be involved in developing standards, criteria and procedures for the approval of such program. This committee is inactive at this time.
The Complaints Committee derives its mandate from the Yukon Registered Nurses Profession Act, the Yukon Registered Nurses Association Regulations, the Bylaws of the Yukon Registered Nurses Association, and the direction of the Board. The mandate of the Complaints Committee is to recommend policies and procedures governing the work of the committee; to review appeals and to make decisions; and to investigate complaints. The committee will submit a written report one month before the annual meeting and as necessary before Board meetings and will submit an annual report for publication.
The membership of the complaints committee shall be two registered nurse members and a public representative appointed by the Board for two year terms, renewable at the Boards discretion. The Board shall identify the Chairperson.
Terms of Reference
The terms of reference for the Complaints Committee shall be in accordance with the Act and shall be to:
- recommend policies and procedures governing the work of the committee;
- review appeals under Section 12 of the Act and make a decision to:
- approve the appeal applicant for registration, or
- refuse the appeal, or
- approve a temporary permit with or without conditions.
- investigate complaints.
Complaints Committee (private page) - coming soon
The Discipline Committee derives its mandate from the Yukon Registered Nurses Profession Act , the Yukon Registered Nurses Association Regulations , the Bylaws of the Yukon Registered Nurses Association, and the direction of the Board. The mandate of the Discipline Committee is to recommend policies and procedures governing the work of the committee; to hold all hearings in Whitehorse unless otherwise authorized by the Board; to maintain confidentiality; and to submit an annual report to the Board for publication.
The membership of the discipline committee shall be three persons, at least two of whom must be registered nurses, appointed by the Board for two year terms, renewable at the Boards discretion. The Board shall identify the Chairperson.
Terms of Reference
The terms of reference for the Discipline Committee shall be in accordance with the Act and shall be to:
- recommend policies and procedures concerning the work of the committee;
- prepare for the Board an annual summary of the activities of the committee;
- hold all hearings in Whitehorse unless otherwise authorized by the Board;
- hold in confidence all sessions, documentation, and information received.
Discipline Committee (private page) - coming soon
The Nominations Committee is a standing committee which derives its mandate from the Yukon Registered Nurses Profession Act , the Yukon Registered Nurses Association Regulations , the Bylaws of the Yukon Registered Nurses Association, and the direction of the Board. The committee will file with the Board a report of the nominations committee and the ballot for officers of the Association by February 15.
The Nominations Committee shall be two registered nurse members appointed for a one year term at the Annual General Meeting. The board shall identify the chairperson.
Terms of Reference
(The following is an expansion of information in the YRNA Bylaws, Part 5.) The duties of the Nominations Committee shall be to:
- be informed of the date of the Annual General Meeting prior to the call for nominations;
- call for nominations by December 31 of each year;
- receive nominations for:
- President-Elect, Secretary, Member-at-large Rural in odd numbered years;
- Treasurer, Member-at-large Whitehorse and a third Member-at-large in even numbered years;
- receive written nominations by February 1st of each year;
- check that each nomination includes the signature of the nominator and a written acknowledgment by the nominee that she/he is prepared to accept the nomination;
- prepare the ballot of officers with the list of nominees arranged in alphabetical order under the name of Board position sought;
- deliver the ballot of officers to the Board by February 15th so that it can be circulated to the membership at least 30 days prior to the Annual General Meeting.
Nominations Committee (private page) - coming soon
Education Fund Management Committee
Mandate and Composition
The Education Fund Management Committee functions as an arm of the Board of Directors of the Yukon Registered Nurses Association, and will take direction from the Board when required. The Committee will be comprised of members of the Association, and may at a later date include others to provide public input or additional expertise as deemed desirable. The addition of such members remains at the discretion of the Board, who will consider advice of the committee in this decision. Committee appointments will be for a two year term which may be renewed.
Terms of Reference
The committee will be responsible for the following:
- Administration of the three funds managed by YRNA under contribution agreements with the Yukon Territorial Government: the Continuing Nurse Education Fund, the Nursing Specialty Education Fund and the Nurse Refresher Fund.
- Development and regular revision of the priorities and policies that govern fund management.
- Development and revision as needed of the criteria for funding approval and disbursal of fund monies to applicants.
- Review and approval of forms for application, guidelines, and information to members, as prepared by YRNA staff.
- Establishment of a schedule of intake deadlines and committee review for applications.
- Implementation of application review and funding approvals according to these established policies and schedules.
- Maintenance of minutes and records reflecting decisions and procedures.
- Overseeing fund disbursal and accounting procedures by YRNA staff.
- May participate in decisions concerning investment of fund money, as advised by YRNA staff and consultants.
For more information on Education Funding contact the YRNA office.
Education Fund Management Committee (private page) - coming soon
Nurse Practitioner Advisory Committee
Nurse Practitioner Advisory Committee (private page) - coming soon
Nurse Practitioner Committee
Terms of Reference
COMPOSITION AND STRUCTURE
The YRNA Nurse Practitioner Committee is composed of members of the Yukon Registered Nurses Association including:
- Nurse practitioners currently licensed in the Yukon.
- Registered nurses eligible for NP licensure in the Yukon.
- The YRNA Executive Director or designate (nonvoting member)
The committee structure includes:
- A chairperson who is appointed through committee consensus annually.
- A co-chairperson at the discretion of the committee.
- Other roles as required for committee business.
Committee meetings are held at least quarterly. Quorum is not limited to a specific number of participants. Decision-making ability at committee meetings is not determined by quorum.
VISION AND MISSION
The YRNA Nurse Practitioner Committee's vision is to enhance the health and well-being of Yukoners by providing a cohesive nurse practitioner community through leadership, expertise, and advocacy. The committee's mission is to support and advance of the role of nurse practitioners in the Yukon.
COMMUNICATION AND ACCOUNTABILITY
The committee reports to YRNA board through written reports or personal communication at board meetings. The YRNA Executive Director, as a committee member, may provide information to the board.
Minutes of committee meetings and relevant accompanying background documents will be housed electronically at YRNA.
Communication among committee members will take place through a blog site administered through YRNA. Committee members and the YRNA Executive Director will have access to the blog.
The committee terms of reference will be reviewed annually (October of each year).
SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY
The committee supports and facilitates the full integration of NPs into the Yukon health care system and the advancement of NP roles through leadership, expertise, and advocacy. This includes:
- Providing guidance or recommendations to the YRNA board as requested. Examples of expertise that committee members can provide include: a) strategies for effective implementation of NPs into the Yukon health care system, b) collaborative NP practice models, c) recruitment and retention of NPs, and d) continuing competence for NPs.
- Representing Yukon NPs territorially and/or nationally.
- Identifying potential or actual challenges and barriers for full integration of NPs into the Yukon health care system and proposing strategies to overcome them. Some examples include: a) lack of understanding of the NP role among stakeholders and the public, b) resistance from other health professionals, c) barriers or challenges related to NP legislation or regulation
Nurse Practitioner Committee (private page) - coming soon