Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


RNAO's impact on the public

How do nurses speak out for your health?

Ontario’s nurses are hard at work, both at the bedside and away from it. In fact, you may not be aware of the important policies that have passed thanks, in part, to nurses’ expertise. Read on, and learn more about how registered nurses and their professional association are speaking out to ensure you are safe and healthy. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it will give you an idea of how Ontario’s RNs, NPs, and nursing students are having a positive influence on your day-to-day health, by:

Medicare Stopping medical tourism
Promoting nurse practitioners and NP-led clinics
Expanding RNs' scope of practice
Public health Encouraging smoking cessation
Speaking out for harm reduction
Preventing childhood obesity
Promoting breastfeeding as the healthiest choice
Addressing elder abuse
Clinical issues

Promoting alternatives to restraints
Identifying abuse against women
Preventing falls among older adults
Treating and managing diabetes

Social determinants of health Advocating for affordable housing
Raising the minimum wage
The environment Banning harmful pesticides
Reducing air pollution