Celebrating 90 Years

Sounding the alarm on

changing models of nursing care
Using RNs results in improved clinical and financial outcomes

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    As shared with members at the February assembly meeting and April 2015 AGM, the board of directors (BOD) is considering updating its current structure, which has not changed for more than 40 years. To this end, the board wishes to consult with members to hear your perspectives.

    Consultation sessions have been scheduled for the next five months. These consultations will shape the board motions and necessary bylaw changes (if any) which will be brought to the One Member, One Vote at the 2016 AGM. As a member of RNAO, you will have the final say on the board composition.

    The Ontario government is moving forward on their promise to reduce the use of neonicotinoid pesticides by 80 per cent by 2017, to curb the decline in pollinators.

    Starting in July, new rules will be in place to track the sale and use of neonic-treated seeds, reducing the number of acres planted with the substance.

    In the winter of 2013-14, 58 per cent of the province's honey bees disappeared. Bees play an important part in our food supply. We rely on them to help pollinate the food we consume.

    RN positions are becoming harder to find as some Ontario health-care organizations are cutting RN jobs due to budget constraints. Although some employers believe this will help balance their books, evidence clearly shows that this is not a cost-saving measure.

    Care delivered by RNs has been proven to reduce hospital length of stays and complications, giving patients the best health outcomes possible. And with the growing shift towards home and community care, making sure there are enough RNs in acute care is even more important to ensure the sickest patients get the care they need.