Workplace Representatives

ARNNL Workplace Representatives (WPRs) are RNs volunteering to serve as a link between the ARNNL and nursing colleagues. Members are encouraged to apply for consideration as an ARNNL Workplace Representative.

Some activities a WPR may undertake to enhance their professional practice environment in their workplace include:

  • Providing a communication link between RNs in the workplace and ARNNL;
  • Assisting colleagues to understand and integrate the Standards for Nursing Practice and other resources for practice;
  • Assisting colleagues to understand ARNNL’s mandate and to value professional self-regulation;
  • Providing access to resources to support nursing practice in the workplace.

For information on vacancies within the WPR program, please contact Jennifer Lynch at (709) 753-6175 or jlynch@arnnl.ca.

If there is a vacancy available in your area, please fill out the WPR volunteer form.

For any additional questions or for more information, please see the Workplace Representative FAQs below.

To find your workplace representative check our WPR Contact list

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is an ARNNL WPR?

Why have a Workplace Program?

What do WPRs do?

What’s new with the Program?

How does an employer establish a WPR Program?

How does ARNNL support WPRs?

How do I get involved?

 

What is an ARNNL WPR?

ARNNL Workplace Representatives (WPRs) are RNs who volunteer to serve as a direct contact between ARNNL and nursing colleagues in their workplace. WPRs provide information about ARNNL policies, positions, activities and services to colleagues and conversely, they provide information about their colleagues’ nursing issues and priorities to ARNNL.

Why have a Workplace Program?

The program is designed to enhance practice environments by supporting professional nursing practice in health care agencies. We do this by:

  • Developing WPRs who are peer resources, role models and serve as a liaison with the professional association; and
  • Providing WPRs with the information needed to promote good nursing practice and to prevent poor practice. As WPRs, RNs develop their leadership skills and become more aware of, and involved in the issues that affect the profession.

What do WPRs do?

Some activities a WPR may undertake to enhance their professional practice environment in their workplace include:

  • Providing a communication link between RNs in the workplace and ARNNL;
  • Assisting colleagues to understand and integrate the Standards for Nursing Practice and other resources for practice;
  • Assisting colleagues to understand ARNNL’s mandate and to value professional self-regulation;
  • Providing access to resources to support nursing practice in the workplace.

What’s new with the Program?

The WPR Program has been operating at selected agencies throughout the province for the past decade. Although program evaluation results have been positive and supportive of the program, feedback indicated a need to strengthen and further develop the program. ARNNL is now moving forward to improve and to expand the program to as many nursing workplaces as possible in the province.

How does an employer establish a WPR Program?

The base of operations for WPRs is the health care agency where the representative is practicing. If an employer is interested in supporting and establishing an ARNNL workplace program it simply needs to contact ARNNL. The actual number of WPRs in a Board/agency is determined on a board-by-board basis. Some factors that need to be considered when determining the number of WPRs include the size of the agency, the number of RNs, the Board’s geographical boundaries, and available\ communication technology. There should be WPRs in different settings to provide greater exposure to the program and to share the work of the program. The Chief Nursing Officer and ARNNL discuss program expectations and the resources that ARNNL and the Board need to provide to support program implementation. For example, a Nurse Administrator Support Person must be assigned to the program, as this support has been shown to be a key to successful implementation. Expectations are formalized in an agreement signed by both parties.

How does ARNNL support WPRs?

An ARNNL Nursing Consultant provides ongoing support for WPRs and Nurse Administrator Support Persons. The Consultant guides representatives in their role and acts as a resource for information about ARNNL policies and services. ARNNL orientates new WPRs to their roles as professional representatives in the workplace. ARNNL provides resources to support WPRs in their role (e.g., relevant literature and education sessions). Regular meetings are held with the ARNNL Consultant(s) to:

  • Discuss current nursing issues;
  • Contribute to Program planning;
  • Provide updates on ARNNL’s work.

ARNNL also provides support to WPRs so they may attend ARNNL’s annual meetings. ARNNL is responsible for promoting the program in the province and providing tools so WPRs can promote their role in their workplaces.

How do I get involved?

Contact ARNNL by submitting an online form, email, or contact your local nurse manager

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