Once again, cash-strapped Ontario hospitals are making disturbing changes to nurse staffing models that will put patients at risk. While disguising these changes as "improvements" to the patient experience, these health-care organizations are reducing the number of hours of RN care their patients receive and in the process, compromising their safety and health outcomes. This is no way to save money, not in the short term and not in the long term – patient safety matters.
This spring, a whole new group of Best Practice Spotlight Organizations (BPSO) will graduate from their three-year pre-designation period. Since 2012, these organizations have been implementing and evaluating RNAO's best practice guidelines in order to improve patient, staff and administrative outcomes.
The Ontario government is opening the door to changing the way the province's prisons use solitary confinement. On March 26, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Yasir Naqvi announced the province would review its policies on segregation, particularly as they relate to people with mental illness.