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President’s Update December 2020

Alberta Health Services

  • Met December 10, 2020
  • Informed AHS that NPAA is the fifth bargaining unit in the Regional Health Authority Collective Bargaining Regulations (RHACBR).
  • Awaiting next steps with lawyers and will keep them informed. Asked them to please keep this confidential until finalized and announced.
  • Updated us on COVID-19 response and redeployment. Few outside AHS who applied for COVID relief work have been hired/required.
  • Trends and issues have been on hold due to COVID-19.


  • President was interviewed for RhPAP newsletter about NPs as well as other nurses/midwives in light of the year of the nurse and midwife.
  • Will be published December 29th, 2020
  • Signed up with president email for newsletter updates.


  • Met November 10th, 2020
  • Reviewed the billing process and pulled codes used from the ER.
  • In process of reviewing the codes to see which are applicable to NPs.
  • Need to review other codes in primary care and modifiers as well.
  • Next meeting is not yet set.

Alberta Health

  • Met November 25, 2020
  • No update on funding model but recommended that we reach out to Peter McLeod, ED with Alberta Health, who is working on this.
  • Discussed the issue of the Schedule of Medical Benefits and how it does not include NPs, leading to issues in other sectors.
  • AH asked us to develop a briefing note to send to show impact on practice and what “work arounds” have been required.
  • President and VP will work on this briefing note.

Alberta Counsel (Lobbyists)

  • Numerous meetings in November and December.
  • Meeting with AC lawyers and Labour Ministry representatives Humyra Sabir and Andrea Cole to discuss how the ministry imagined that NPAA might move forward within the current legislative changes.
  • The next step is to form a trade union and follow the Labour Code’s steps to become certified to represent NPs.
  • Will meet with lawyers on December 17th to lay out the plan.
  • Once finalized will have the lawyers present to the board, and then hopefully out to the membership in January.


  • Review of the NP job description with addendum according to positions and scope of practice in novel areas (ie; ICU, Cancer etc).
  • Orientation manual is the next working group to start.
  • Wave 2 launch of Connect Care is going well.