The goal of the Uniquely RN initiative is to better understand and communicate the unique role of RNs in the current health-care environment.
Watch the webinar Uniquely RN: Looking Back, Looking Forward for an overview of the initiative to-date and a brief discussion of continuing this initiative.
Between November 2014 and January 2015, we held 13 stakeholder meetings across the province. We also used an online engagement tool to connect with those who couldn’t attend in person. By the end of the consultation, nearly 2,700 RNs shared their thoughts on what we do, the challenges we face and importance of articulating what makes us unique. View full findings in the Uniquely RN Report.
In May 2015, we hosted a series of stakeholder forums to explore what the health-care system of the future might look like and envision what the role of the RN could, and should, become. In June 2015, we invited all RNs to share their thoughts via the same online engagement tool we used for the Uniquely RN project. More than 1,000 RNs participated in this consultation, sharing over 3,000 comments. This visioning exercise helped us understand what RNs want the future to look like and begin thinking about how we can make that happen. View full findings in the RN Visioning Report.
In fall 2015, the United Nurses of Alberta invited CARNA to present its findings across the province. The positive response from members led to an agreement by both organizations to work collaboratively on a joint awareness campaign.
In December 2015, we established a Uniquely RN working group to provide advice and expertise on creating an action plan.
Storytelling is one of the oldest methods of communication. It's valuable in health care because it helps us learn, creating a link from what we learn in the classroom or what is written in books to the reality of your practice setting.
We learn from stories but we also remember perhaps because stories engage us at an emotional level. We remember when the same story is told or a similar story is told. When we think about pride in our profession, telling these stories helps us remember why we became a nurse, the value that we bring to the profession and to health care.
Stories also help us connect with each other – we need to foster this connection so the RN profession is connected and continued. The collaboration from this connection will bolster and inspire pride in the RN profession.
Nurses speak two distinct languages, "... one of empirics and scientific evidence, and one of aesthetics; the language of people, personal wisdom, insight and creativity," (Hunter, 2008). When we talk about pride in the profession we speak the language of aesthetics; it is our language, insight, wisdom and creativity.
The Uniquely RN focus groups and Thought Exchange clearly showed
that RNs have difficulty describing their role and the value they
bring to health care. Members of the Uniquely RN working group will be
telling their story. We invite you to tell yours.