Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

RNAO partners with seven health-care organizations to implement and evaluate nursing BPGs

RNAO partners with seven health-care organizations to implement and evaluate nursing BPGs


TORONTO, Jan. 13, 2004 – The Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) today announced a three-year partnership with seven health-care organizations to implement and evaluate nursing best practice guidelines (NBPG). Representatives from the “spotlight” organizations – staff nurses, advanced practice nurses, chief nursing officers, CEOs and board members – will meet in Toronto today for the inaugural NBPG Spotlight Organization Retreat at the Holiday Inn on King.

“These dynamic, long-term partnerships will develop and share creative strategies to implement and evaluate nursing best practice guidelines,” said RNAO executive director Doris Grinspun. “We have selected seven well-respected organizations committed to providing nurses with current, comprehensive guidelines based on the latest evidence in specific clinical areas and giving patients and the public an understanding of the quality of care they should expect to receive.”

The seven spotlight organizations are:

  • Hôpital regional de Sudbury Regional Hospital
  • Niagara Health System
  • Royal Victoria Hospital (Barrie)
  • Saint Elizabeth Health Care (across Ontario)
  • University Health Network (Toronto)
  • Victorian Order of Nurses, Canada/VON Peterborough Victoria Haliburton
  • West Park Healthcare Centre (Toronto)

These organizations have a proven track record with nursing best practice guidelines and have committed the financial and human resources necessary to ensure successful implementation of multiple guidelines and a positive impact on patient care. Funding is provided by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) with matching funds provided by the spotlight organizations.

“The challenge is to ensure that the latest research in nursing practice is lifted from the page and embedded into daily nursing care in health-care facilities and agencies across the province,” said NBPG project director Tazim Virani. “Ultimately if these guidelines are implemented they could be the catalyst to achieving a more consistent, higher level of health care for Ontarians.”

One of the strengths of the guidelines, added Grinspun, is that they take into account the context of the individual work place. They clearly outline the work environment and educational supports nurses need to provide the best possible care to patients, she said. Spotlight organizations are expected to dedicate staff to support nurses as they incorporate guideline recommendations into practice.

“The Ontario government is committed to providing the highest standard of care to Ontarians,” said Health Minister George Smitherman. “We support collaborative partnerships between organizations and nurses to enhance nursing care in all health-care settings.”

To date, Ontario’s NBPG Project, led by RNAO and funded by MOHLTC, has completed 17 guidelines focusing on elder health and elder care, home health care, mental health care, emergency care and primary health care as well as an implementation tool kit to help nurses and organizations use the guidelines. And development of four new guidelines is in progress. Health information sheets have been developed to supplement the guidelines and increase the public’s knowledge and involvement in making decisions about their health.

Thousands of expert nurses from all regions of the province and sectors of the profession – staff nurses, advanced practice nurses, researchers, administrators, academics and policy experts – have been developing, pilot testing, implementing and evaluating guidelines that flow from the latest research in nursing practice. Forty-seven health-care sites across Ontario and about 4,600 stakeholders – patients and families, employers, nurses and other health-care professionals – are participating in the project. And thousands of additional nurses are starting to use the best practice guidelines in their day to day practice to enrich patient care.


  • Minister of Health and Long-Term Care George Smitherman
  • RNAO executive director Doris Grinspun, RN, MSN, PhD (cand.)
  • NBPG project director Tazim Virani, RN, MScN
  • More than 60 representatives from the seven spotlight organizations

WHAT: Inaugural NBPG Spotlight Organization Retreat

WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004
Health Minister George Smitherman will bring greetings at 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: Holiday Inn on King, 370 King Street West, Toronto

The Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses wherever they practise in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has lobbied for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses’ contribution to shaping the health-care system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve.


Please contact:
Marion Zych, Director of Communications, RNAO
Cell: 647-406-5605 / Office: 416-408-5605
Toll free: 1-800-268-7199 ext. 209