Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Projects and Initiatives

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In a collaborative project between the RNAO IABPG Research Team and the Policy Department, a scoping review was conducted in order to create a comprehensive electronic database of Registered Nurse (RN) effectiveness.

The database includes studies exploring the effectiveness of RNs on clinical/patient outcomes, organizational/nurse outcomes, and financial outcomes over the past 70 years. We have made the database freely available as a PDF reference list, as well as an EndNote file.

Addressing Abuse of Older Adults: An RNAO Initiative aims to prevent and address abuse and neglect of older adults throughout various health care institutions and community settings in Canada. The foundation of the initiative—funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program—is Canada's first evidence-based best practice guideline for health-care providers, Preventing and Addressing Abuse and Neglect of Older Adults: Person-Centred, Collaborative, System-Wide Approaches.

The Long-Term Care (LTC) Best Practices Coordinator role was introduced to the LTC sector as a pilot project funded by the Nursing Secretariat in 2005. Many successes in LTC Homes have been achieved through this project, including improved quality of care for residents and the facilitation of an evidence-based practice culture by front-line staff through the implementation of best practice guidelines (BPGs).

The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario is funded through the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC), Mental Health and Additions Branch to implement the Mental Health and Addictions Initiative.

The RNAO, in partnership with Canada Health Infoway, has established a nurse peer leader network that will enhance patient-centred, evidence-based wound care management using advanced clinical e-functions (e-clinical decision support and e-clinical analytics) and patient e-services (e-views). The network will increase the use of International Classification of Nursing Practice (ICNP®)-encoded nursing order sets (NOS), an e-clinical decision support resource, derived from the RNAO evidence-based best practice guidelines (BPGs).