Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Projects and Initiatives

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In Canada, tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of premature death, disease and disability. Evidence suggests that even minimal intervention by health-care professionals can dramatically reduce rates of smoking.

The goal of the RNAO Smoking Cessation Initiative is to strengthen nurses’ capacity to help their clients by implementing smoking cessation strategies and techniques in their daily practice.

RNAO’s nursing order sets are an unprecedented, innovative addition to the BPG Implementation Toolkit. Nursing order sets make it easier to translate evidence into nursing practice by providing clear, concise, actionable evidence-based intervention statements that can be readily incorporated into various practice settings. For example, Practice Recommendation 2.0 in the Smoking Cessation BPG states:

Nursing Quality Indicators for Reporting and Evaluation (NQuIRE) is the first international quality improvement initiative of its kind consisting of a database of quality indicators derived from recommendations within RNAO’s clinical Best Practice Guidelines (BPGs).

The RNAO and the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) partnered between 2010-2012 for the national Prevention of Elder Abuse Centres of Excellence (PEACE) initiative, involving ten long-term care homes across Canada. Funding was provided by the Government of Canada’s New Horizon for Seniors Program, Federal Elder Abuse Initiative.

The Registered Nurses´ Association of Ontario continues to be funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) and eHealth Ontario to implement the Nursing and eHealth Project. The purpose of the initiative is to facilitate the nursing profession's involvement in the Ontario eHealth agenda and support nurses to take a leadership role in the adoption of communication and information systems in all health-care settings.