To ensure patient safety and improve the level of care patients receive, representatives of Ontario’s top two nursing organizations issued an urgent call on May 7 to fill RN vacancies in provincial hospitals.

    At a Queen’s Park media conference, RNAO and ONA revealed that more than 10,000 RN positions are currently vacant in provincial hospitals, leaving patients without access to the expert care of RNs and vulnerable to increased risks of morbidity (complications) and mortality (death).

    Would you like to hear from your candidates running for the provincial election on June 7? Understand their stance on important health-care issues?

    Attend an all-candidates session, organized by Chapters/Regions and RNAO’s home office, during May.

    Starting July 1, health-care providers in Ontario including nurses will be required to report to the local medical officer of health immunizations administered to all children for the designated diseases as specified in the Immunization of School Pupils Act.

    The vaccines you will be required to report are for the following diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, poliomyelitis, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and meningococcal disease.