Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Long-Term Care Best Practices Program

Long-Term Care Best Practices Program

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).

In April 2008, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Performance Improvement and Compliance Branch approved funding to continue this initiative under the management of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO). The Initiative supports LTC Homes in adopting evidence-based practices that support systematic and consistent approaches to providing quality care for residents.

All LTC Homes are encouraged to get involved! Benefits of this initiative include:

  • Enhanced capacity for knowledge transfer
  • Improved quality of care and resident outcomes
  • Support for leaders, nurses and staff in LTC Homes in implementing BPGs
  • Improved quality of work life

While the Initiative is not mandatory, it provides an important opportunity for LTC Homes to access expertise in implementing evidence-based practices to enhance resident care.

How can the LTC Best Practice Coordinators help the homes in implementing guidelines for evidence-based practice?

Need more information?

Contact the RNAO LTC Best Practice Coordinator in your area now!

Application Funding Webinar

The Long-Term Care Best Practices Program offered a webinar focusing on how to approach the completion of an application for funding through the Long-Term Care Best Practices Program to participate in RNAO Knowledge Exchange Institutes. Applications for funding are evaluated based on the quality of information provided.

The webinar is intended for long-term care leaders and staff to learn about the competitive process for funding and the importance of submitting a comprehensive application. Applicants will understand how the knowledge gained at an institute is intended to build capacity and advance clinical practice and improve resident and/or staff outcomes in long-term care homes.

You can access the webinar on our YouTube channel.


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