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.

BPSO Organizations

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Headquartered on a 22-acre campus in Ontario and fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, Baycrest is the global leader in developing and providing innovations in aging and brain health.

Baycrest is unique in the world, combining a comprehensive system of care for aging patients, one of the world's top research institutes in cognitive neuroscience, dedicated centres focused on mitigating the impact of age-related illness and impairment, and unmatched global knowledge exchange and commercialization capacity.

Bayshore Home Health has been dedicated to enhancing the quality of life, dignity and independence of Canadians in their homes since 1966. Canadian owned and operated, we are the country's largest provider of home and community health care services, with more than 50 home care offices, 20 community care clinics and 8,000 employees.

The Beijing University of Chinese Medicine (BUCM) is located in Beijing, China's capital.

BUCM, was founded in 1984 and is considered one of China's earliest educational establishments offering a high standard of nursing education and training.

There are 3 departments in the School of Nursing, with 34 faculty members:

Our organization is located in Ontario within the Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network and encompasses Bluewater Health located in Sarnia, and Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital of Bluewater Health located in Petrolia. Our staff, physicians and volunteers number nearly 2,500, making us Sarnia-Lambton’s largest public employer.

We take great pride in our legacy of patient care, quality and service, and it is upon these strong foundations that we deliver on our mission, vision and values.

Mission, Vision, Values


Cambridge Memorial Hospital traces its roots to 1888, when the region’s first community hospital, known as Galt Hospital, opened its doors to treat patients in a localized health care setting.

CarePartners staff and management provide high quality, client driven care in our communities.

All staff are supported and encouraged to be creative, innovative, collaborative and cost effective in their approach to deliver safe integrated health care. Client and employee satisfaction and empowerment are an integral part of the health care services provided.

CBI Home Health is a Canadian home health care service provider, offering nursing and personal support services for over 35 years.

CAMH is Canada’s leading addiction and mental health organization, integrating specialized clinical care with innovative research, education, health promotion and policy development. Find out more about CAMH’s programs, locations, and how to contact us.

Chatham-Kent Alliance (CKHA) is a 300-bed community hospital, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and technologies. Formed in 1998, CKHA is committed to core service excellence, top-flight operational performance and to becoming a facility of choice in Southwestern Ontario. With campuses in Chatham and Wallaceburg, CKHA is comprised of 1350 staff, 125 physicians and 550 volunteers who care for tens of thousands of inpatients, outpatients and emergency patients annually.


The Dong Zhi Men Hospital of BUCM was founded in 1958 and is also located in Beijing, China.

The hospital has over 1500 staff members and 860 beds. The hospital integrates scientific research, teaching and medical and nursing care and takes great pride in quality patient care and service.

The Dong Zhi Men Hospital serves as the BUCM's base for training, research and medical practice.


Grand River Hospital is a thriving health care facility serving patients in the Waterloo Region and surrounding communities with 14 clinical programs and services.

When the doors to Guelph General Hospital were opened on August 16, 1875, the hospital had 12 beds, a small infectious room and a dispensary. A superintendent and two nurses provided care, as well as working in the kitchen, housekeeping, switchboard and laundry.


Hamilton Health Sciences is a family of six unique hospitals and a cancer centre, serving more than 2.3 million residents of Hamilton and Central South and Central West Ontario.

Home care was established in Ontario in 1970 and is a fast-growing part of the formal health-care system. Since its beginnings, Ontario's home care system has gone through many changes; evolving and growing to become the comprehensive system that it is today.

Health Sciences North (HSN) is a new approach to delivering the highest quality patient care, research, teaching and learning to our region and beyond. It is a network of integrated facilities and programs working together for the benefit of our patients, communities, physicians, researchers, staff and learners in the areas of prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care.

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital (formerly Bloorview Kids Rehab) is Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation hospital.

L’Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de la Montérégie constitutes the regional level of governance of the health and social services network.

The main campus of the Montfort Hospital is located at 713 Montreal Road in Ottawa. Hospital is offering a francophone institution in an academic environment, quality care in both official languages. With its partners, it contributes to improving the health of communities. Montfort in figures: 300 beds 2800 deliveries per year 50,000 emergency room visits in 1500 and 300 employees doctors.

Hotel Dieu Hospital is the ambulatory care teaching and research hospital for Kingston and Southeastern Ontario, affiliated with Queen’s University.

As an ambulatory (or outpatient) care facility we provide medical care or treatment that does not require an overnight stay and that includes services such as specialized clinic visits, day surgeries and diagnostic procedures using advanced technology, equipment or procedures. For most of our patients, the length of stay—from time of registration to discharge—occurs on the same day.


Welcome to London Health Sciences Centre. We appreciate this opportunity to provide you with information about our hospital. Our goal is to anticipate and meet your information needs, and we welcome suggestions on how best to do this.


Mackenzie Health Opened in 1963 (formerly York Central Hospital), Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital is a large community hospital located in Richmond Hill providing Emergency, Inpatient, Ambulatory, Continuing and Long-Term Care services to a community of over 500,000 residents in Southwest York Region. In 2009, the hospital received an expanded mandate from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to plan for the further development of the existing Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital site and the building of a new hospital in Vaughan.

The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), located in Montreal, Quebec, is one of the most comprehensive university health centres in North America.

As one of Canada’s pre-eminent patient care, research and academic health science centres and one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers, Mount Sinai Hospital has a well-earned reputation for excellence in the community and also well beyond our borders.

We focus on three broad organizational goals:

  • patient and family-centred care;
  • increasing our role as an academic health sciences centre and teaching hospital fully affiliated with the University of Toronto; and
  • enhancing our community health partnerships.


The Niagara Health System (NHS) is Ontario’s largest multi-site hospital amalgamation comprised of seven sites serving 434,000 residents across the 12 municipalities making up the Regional Municipality of Niagara.

Niagara Region Public Health is committed to meeting the public health needs of our community. We demonstrate this commitment through health protection, disease prevention, health promotion, and injury prevention programs.

Nurse practitioners (NPs), registered nurses, the public and stakeholder groups have demonstrated great enthusiasm regarding Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics (NPLCs) and have asked many questions about the model.


OTN is one of the largest telemedicine networks in the world, helping to deliver clinical care and distance education among health care professionals and patients using live, two-way videoconferencing systems and related diagnostic equipment.

In addition to its capacity to bring health care to virtually any patient, anywhere, at any time, OTN also enhances opportunities for professional development for physicians, allied health care providers, and students.


Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre is a 299-bed acute care community hospital based in Barrie, Ontario, a rapidly-growing city of over 125,000 residents, just an hour north of Toronto.


Saint Elizabeth offers many health care and support services, as well as specialty programs to meet the needs of people of all ages and with many different conditions and illnesses.

For over 121 years, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton has cared for our communities in the spirit of compassion, innovation, and commitment.

No matter where you live in Canada, or how old you are, chances are St. Joseph's is influencing the care of you and your family.

St. Michael’s Hospital is a Catholic teaching and research hospital founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1892 to care for the sick and poor of Toronto's inner city. Affectionately known as the Urban Angel, St. Michael’s is renowned for providing exceptional patient care. As downtown Toronto’s adult trauma centre, the hospital is a hub for neurosurgery, complex cardiac and cardiovascular care, diabetes and osteoporosis care, minimally invasive surgery and care of the homeless and disadvantaged. St. Michael’s is also one of the province’s major sites of care for critically ill patients.

Sunnybrook's mission is to care for our patients and their families when it matters most. Our vision is to invent the future of health care.

From our beginnings as a hospital for Canadian veterans, Sunnybrook has flourished into a fully affiliated teaching hospital of the University of Toronto, evolving to meet the needs of our growing community.

Today, with 1.2 million patient visits each year, Sunnybrook has established itself as the largest single-site hospital in Canada, with four strategic areas of focus:

  • Heart and stroke
  • Cancer


The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is recognized as one of the world’s foremost paediatric health-care institutions and is Canada’s leading centre dedicated to advancing children’s health through the integration of patient care, research and education.

The Thunder Bay District Health Unit one of 36 Public Health Units operating in the Province of Ontario, Canada. We are a non-profit agency funded jointly by the provincial government and the municipalities we serve.

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre is a state-of-the-art acute care facility serving the healthcare needs of people living in Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario.

Toronto Public Health (TPH) works in many ways to improve the overall health of the population and to overcome health inequalities. We provide services to individuals and communities, and we advocate for public policies that make our city healthier.

The Trent/Fleming School of Nursing offers three programs leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) Degree: 1) A uniquely integrated, collaborative four-year program—students typically enter this program directly from high school and take all of their courses at one —our university— site, 2) A compressed program for students with sufficient university credits to fast track through the program in less than three years, and, 3) a post-bridge Practical Nurse to BScN program at George Brown College.

Trillium Health Partners is a professional, caring, health care organization that promotes life, health and innovation. Trillium Health Partners is known for its innovative, can-do approach to providing quality patient care to the people of Mississauga and the surrounding region (approximately one million people).

Mission: Two Rivers Family Health Team is an inter-professional health care team providing excellent primary health care in a respectful, mutually accountable work environment.

Vision: A healthy tomorrow begins today.
The Two Rivers Family Health Team originally began with 12 physicians coming together in 2006 to provide after hours care to their patients. Since its inception, the team has grown to 19 physicians working out of 3 separate locations. The two group sites are Cambridge Healthlink and Hespeler Medical Clinic. The solo site of Dr. George rounds out the Team.


Providing care to the community for more than 200 years, UHN is a major landmark in Canada’s healthcare system and a teaching hospital of the University of Toronto. Building on the strengths and reputation of each of our three hospitals, UHN brings together the talent and resources needed to achieve global impact and provide exemplary patient care, research and education.


Everyone receives community support and home health care when, where and how they want it.

Creating possibilities for more independence.

Core Beliefs:
Our care must be:
• Spectacular and continuously focused on quality improvement and safety.
• Client-driven, because what matters most to clients is what counts.
• Integrated and collaborative to unearth innovative answers to complex challenges.
• Inclusive and committed to serving the most vulnerable in our communities.
• Inspired and creative, delivered by a skilled team that has tremendous heart.

If you, or someone in your family, were recovering from an illness and needed home care, who would you trust? Most Canadians from coast to coast would say VON.


Located on a picturesque piece of land on the banks of the Humber River in West Toronto, West Park Healthcare Centre has been helping patients live the fullest lives possible since 1904. Founded as a sanitarium for tuberculosis patients, West Park has expanded on its role as a leader in tuberculosis care to develop services for other respiratory illnesses and complex conditions. West Park provides specialized rehabilitation, complex continuing and long-term care services, helping individuals manage difficult health challenges like lung disease, diabetes, stroke, amputation and musculoskeletal issues arising from a life-changing event or illness.

We are an independently governed hospital. This is a very exciting time for us, as we explore new and better ways to provide care to women and their families throughout every phase of their lives.

We are also the first and only independent ambulatory care hospital in Ontario, and the only hospital in Ontario with a primary focus on women's health.