The College notified its members that the role of the College had shifted to be only regulatory due to the new Regulated Health Professions Act. This shift in mandate resulted in a change of services and relationship between the College and the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA).The Manitoba RN Network was formed as a grassroots response. After a series of three open meetings between January and March 2014, a steering committee of volunteers was formed with representatives from practice, education, leadership, and policy to explore the development of a new organization that could be the professional voice of nurses and the jurisdictional member of CNA.
CNA and the College provided funding to explore the need and feasibility of a professional association. The College provided one-time funding to the Network to develop a strategic plan, business plan and incorporate the organization.