Each year, our guests look forward to our inspirational and engaging closing commentary. This year’s commentary will be no exception as our closing speaker provides a vision for how nurses can prepare to be the leaders of tomorrow and to meet the evolving needs of Nova Scotians.
While specific roles and responsibilities may vary by context and client population, all nurses have the ability to take on a leadership role and help shape the future of nursing in the province. With more than 10,000 registered nurses and nurse practitioners in Nova Scotia, nurses make up the largest segment of the province’s health care work force. Nurses have valuable insights and unique abilities to collaborate with other health care professionals to improve the quality and safety of client care. This year’s closing commentary will make recommendations for an action-oriented way for nurses to meet the future demands of our changing health care landscape.
This year’s closing speaker is helping to shape the future of nursing in British Columbia. We’re thrilled to introduce you to this year’s closing speaker is David Byres. In October 2017, Byres was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister Clinical Integration, Regulation and Education and Chief Nurse Executive for the Ministry of Health in British Columbia. Known as an innovative nurse leader, Byres has made significant contributions to health care at the local, regional and national levels.
Byres is recognized as a creative, energetic and forward-facing nurse leader. Before joining the Ministry, he held leadership roles including Executive Vice President, Clinical Integration and Renewal, Vice President Acute Clinical Programs and Chief of Professional Practice and Nursing at Providence Health Care where he provided leadership to the St. Paul’s Hospital renewal, acute care operations, and professional practice.
As a registered nurse, Byres has worked in community, mental health, emergency, and medical settings. He holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice focused on leadership and policy. He is also a certified health executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders, is an active researcher and holds adjunct faculty appointments with the Schools of Nursing at the University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia.
In addition, Byres holds a Fellowship in Management for Executive Nurses from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. He is a past co-chair of the Nursing Research Advisory Council for the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and a Past President of the Xi Eta Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. He has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Registered Nurses Foundation of British Columbia.
Byres recently published a forward-facing report outlining priority recommendations for the future of nursing in British Columbia. Based on feedback provided by nurses, these recommendations will be used to inform a provincial nursing strategy and policy paper that will speak to the future of nursing regulation, practice, and education.
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Given name(s): Nicola Ann
Last name: Aaronson
Former name(s): Smith
CRNNS number: 12345
Type of licence: Nurse Practitioner
Status of Licence: Active Practising
Start Date: November 1 2014
Expiry Date: October 31 2015
Current Conditions and Restrictions: This nurse is not able to...
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Date of initial entry on the register: January 1, 1970
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NP Practice Category: Family
Collaborative Practice Effective Date: January 31, 2012
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