Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Speaking Notes/Submissions

Speaking Notes/Submissions

  • octobre 17, 2016

    The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses (RN), nurse practitioners (NP) and nursing students in all settings and roles across Ontario. RNAO congratulates the Special Advisors of the Changing Workplaces Review for their comprehensive interim report. This is the first step towards modernizing labour relations and employment standards legislation in light of changes in the workplace that weaken existing legislative protections for many people.

  • octobre 14, 2016

    Dear Minister Philpott and Minister Hoskins:

    Congratulations on furthering negotiations for the next Canadian Health Accord. The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) sees this as a golden opportunity to build the next phase of our publicly-funded and not-for-profit health system. RNs, NPs, and nursing students urge you to use your meeting on October 18th to successfully negotiate a new agreement that:

  • octobre 13, 2016

    Dear Mr. Tom Gergely and Mr. Murray Glendining,

    I am writing in response to your lawyer’s letter dated October 11, 2016 (attached), addressed to Carol Timmings, President of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO).

    The letter is a blatant attempt to intimidate RNAO into staying silent on matters of interest to our members and the public. We recognize it as a bullying tactic and we will not be influenced by it in any way, shape or form.

  • octobre 6, 2016
    • the nurse had a nurse-patient relationship with the deceased;
    • the death was expected; 
    • there was a documented medical diagnosis of a terminal disease; and
    • there was a predictable pattern of decline for the deceased with no unexpected events or unexpected complications.
  • octobre 5, 2016

    As the professional association representing registered nurses, nurse practitioners (NP), and nursing students in Ontario, we are pleased to provide the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) with feedback on the draft revised NP practice standard. This document is an important tool for NPs, other health professionals, and the public to understand the standard of services expected from an NP.

    While RNAO appreciates the College’s attempt to simplify the standard to make it easier to apply in a variety of practice settings, we take a cautious approach in assessing the condensed standard. In the proposed new standard, the appendices which included practice tools and specific guidance are removed (e.g. Decision Tree for NPs: Deciding to Perform a Controlled Act). As we articulated to CNO in November 2014 when delivering feedback on the draft revised medication practice standard, ensuring supporting resources and sufficient content are essential to effectively facilitate awareness of professional standards. We therefore invite CNO to take a leading role in partnership with RNAO to develop supporting/complementary resources such as fact sheets, webinars, and diagrams that can be used by clinicians, educators, administrators and researchers to clearly understand and interpret the standard.

  • août 31, 2016

    Dear Mr. Mitchell and Mr. Murray,

    Congratulations to you and your team on the July 27, 2016 release of the Changing Workplaces Review Special Advisors' Interim Report to help inform discussion on legislated changes to protect workers in Ontario's evolving globalized economy.

    The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses (RN), nurse practitioners (NP) and nursing students in all settings and roles across the province. The growth of precarious, contingent, casual and part-time employment is of concern to RNAO because not only does it affect RNs and NPs, it also adversely affects the health and well-being of more and more Ontarians. The Special Advisors' belief that "decency at work is a fundamental and principled commitment that Ontario should accept as a basis for enacting all of its laws governing the workplace" is congruent with RNAO's values.

  • août 23, 2016

    Dear Eric,

    Federal regulations were amended in 2012 to permit nurse practitioners (NP) to prescribe controlled substances. RNAO influenced these national changes and has been advocating for complementary amendments to provincial regulations for three years. In 2013, Premier Wynne said she was aware of this issue during her remarks at RNAO’s Annual General Meeting and promised action. Since that time, RNAO reviewed and provided feedback on a draft College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) practice standard that includes prescribing controlled substances. However, two years have passed and we have seen no movement. Moreover, in your remarks at our 2016 AGM, you recognized this issue and committed to finding a resolution.

  • août 22, 2016

    Dear Eric,

    Congratulations on pursuing legislative changes through Bill 210, Patients First Act, 2016 that have the potential to introduce greatly needed improvements to Ontario’s health system. We know that the current focus is on building a solid legislative framework and RNAO is pleased to be contributing to this discussion. However, we are also looking forward to the future policy development that is needed to ensure the success of the Patients First movement.

  • août 8, 2016

    The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) counts itself among many health and human service organizations; academic and community-based researchers; labour, business, civil society groups; and various levels of government that were delighted with the reinstatement of the mandatory long-form census. As the professional association representing registered nurses (RN), nurse practitioners (NP) and nursing students in Ontario, RNAO had been advocating for the restoration of the long-form census since 2010.

  • août 5, 2016

    We are writing to thank you for your genuine efforts to support harm reduction by ensuring that recently released inmates at high risk of overdosing will have access to life-saving naloxone.

    We are also writing to urge you to work with the provincial and federal governments to secure all necessary steps to make supervised injection services (SIS), as part of a harm reduction approach, a reality in Ontario.