Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Best Practice Spotlight Organizations (BPSO)

What is a Best Practice Spotlight Organization?

Best Practice Spotlight Organizations (BPSOs) are health-care and academic organizations selected by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) through a request for proposals process to implement and evaluate the RNAO's best practice guidelines.

It is a dynamic partnership that focuses on making a positive impact on patient care though evidence-based practice. Requests for proposals are released every three years. The Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) initiative has been a great success. It provides support to organizations that have formally agreed to implement and evaluate multiple RNAO best practice guidelines over a three (3) year period.

First launched in 2003, the BPSO initiative is an off-shoot of the RNAO's Nursing Best Practice Guideline program which began in November 1999 and has since spread across Canada and to countries around the world.

BPSO Host Model

The RNAO BPSO Host Model is a feature of the national/international BPSO Program. A BPSO Host Organization enters into a formal agreement with RNAO to oversee the RNAO BPSO Program in the country or region where it is located. The BPSO Host is responsible for all aspects of the BPSO Program from selecting the BPSO organizations interested in becoming BPSOs to reporting progress back to RNAO. Generally the BPSO Host acts as the liaison between RNAO and the BPSOs in the specific country or region.

As the service and/or academic organizations become BPSOs, to implement, disseminate and evaluate RNAO Best Practice Guidelines, the BPSO Host provides support by monitoring through regular meetings and reporting processes. The BPSO Host then reports to the RNAO with updates from the BPSOs as well as an overview of successes, challenges, questions and issues of the BPSO Program in that country or region.

RNAO provides support for implementation, through training, access to all available resources such as the draft contract agreement for BPSOs, reporting prototypes, Best Practice Champions Network including the Champion Workshops, the Implementation Toolkit, and Educator's Resource, BPG APPs and other implementation resources. RNAO also engages with the BPSO Host in regular meetings, and offers expert mentorship and consultation on guideline dissemination, implementation, uptake, sustainability and evaluation. Furthermore, the BPSO Host and BPSO in the country or region are paired with mentor organizations, who have
experienced the BPSO Program.

Current BPSOs

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