Right click to download pictures Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario
l’Association des infirmières et infirmiers autorisés de l’Ontario
February
2014
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Membership

Right click to see imagePLP deadline is March 31: learn about new requirement

The deadline for all RNs to have personal liability protection (PLP) is quickly approaching. A new College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) regulation requires RNs to be protected by March 31, 2014, and RNAO membership is the best way to meet the requirement. Make sure to remind your colleagues to join RNAO and be covered, and if you have questions, join us for a series of informative live PLP webinars and teleconferences.

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Right click to see imageGet involved as an RNAO leader

RNAO is led by RNs who reach out and seize the opportunity to make a difference in our profession – including board members, interest group chairs, chapter presidents and other executive members. Get the most out of your membership by getting involved today.

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Right click to see imageRegistration open for 2014 AGM May 1 - 3

Your chance to come see your professional association at work for you is almost here. RNAO's 2014 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held May 1 - 3, 2014 at the Hilton Toronto. All RNAO members are invited to attend the AGM. This is an outstanding opportunity to network with your fellow nurses, and hear from RNAO's president, CEO and board of directors.

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Policy

Right click to see imageRNAO's board and assembly take their voices to Queen's Park Feb. 27

RNAO's Queen's Park Day will be held Thursday, Feb. 27. We look forward to having members of our board of directors and assembly engage with their MPPs and influence healthy public policy.

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Right click to see imageLHINs need more power to better serve Ontarians

RNAO recently appeared before an all-party legislative committee to share nurses' perspective about the performance of Ontario's Local Health Integration Networks (LHIN). Our CEO Dr. Doris Grinspun and Special Projects Manager Tim Lenartowych provided recommendations at the Jan. 28 meeting in Hamilton.

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Right click to see imageSudbury chapter urges action on minimum wage, falling RN-to-population ratio

RNAO's advocacy for a higher minimum wage and a reversal of Ontario's falling RN-to-population ratio has swept across the province. RNAO Senior Policy Analyst Dr. Lynn Anne Mulrooney attended the Sudbury and District Chapter's Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Jan. 29, where members had a lively discussion about the health implications of these two important policy issues.

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Right click to see imageInfluential blog touts RNAO's advocacy efforts

RNAO's tireless efforts to speak out for nursing and health issues have caught the attention of one of health care's most influential voices. Expert health system commentator Ted Ball featured RNAO in the second part of his Lobbying Queen's Park blog series.

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Best Practice Guidelines

Right click to see imageThird-edition Assessment and Management of Pain BPG has been released

Health care-professionals have a brand new resource for pain management and treatment. RNAO has released the third edition of its Assessment and Management of Pain Best Practice Guideline (BPG). The guideline highlights skills and practices to assess and manage pain, regardless of its type or origin.

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Right click to see image RNAO Nursing Order Sets Promotion Feb. 3 - March 21

RNAO and PatientOrderSets.com are offering a limited, one-time opportunity for Best Practice Spotlight Organizations® (BPSO®) to access our nursing order sets at a discounted rate. The offer runs from Feb. 3 - March 21. Derived from RNAO's Best Practice Guidelines (BPG), nursing order sets are a unique innovation to help foster an evidence-informed nursing culture delivering safe, high-quality health care.

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Expansion of the Best Practice Champions® Network workshop series

Beginning in the spring of 2014, we will be looking to partner with organizations from across Ontario to act as host sites for RNAO's free Best Practice Champions® workshops. Funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, these workshops are offered completely free of charge to all interested participants.

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Other

Right click to see imageNominate RNs and NPs for a Nightingale Award by March 19

Nursing Week is just around the corner, so let's celebrate by acknowledging an outstanding RN or NP. The Toronto Star is seeking nominations for its 13th-annual Nightingale Award. Every year, The Star recognizes a dedicated nurse who honours the legacy of Florence Nightingale through their contributions to the health of their community.

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Right click to see imageCall for stories about interprofessional practice: deadline April 30

Health-care professionals do not work in isolation. Quality patient care requires all providers, regardless of expertise, to practise collaboratively for the benefit of those in their care. Do you have a story you would like to share about interprofessional practice? RNAO’s communications team wants to know, and you might get published on our website or in Registered Nurse Journal.

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Right click to see imageNew resources for cervical cancer screening

Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) is rolling out new initiatives that will make it easier for Ontarians to stay informed and stay protected against cervical cancer. The expanded Ontario Cervical Screening Program (OCSP) now includes a free mobile app, new online frequently asked questions resources, and a mailing system to keep women up-to-date about screenings.

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Events

Smoking Cessation Best Practice Champion Workshop

Feb. 26, 2014, Hyatt Regency Toronto

Health-care professionals are invited to this free, one-day workshop to learn counselling techniques, intervention strategies and receive tools and resources in smoking cessation.

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Best Practices in Wound Care Institute

March 2 - 7, 2014, Hilton Hotel and Suites, Niagara Falls

Learn about the best practices in wound care through interactive dialogue with experts, case studies, demonstrations and hands-on application labs.

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Primary Care Institute

March 23 - 28, 2014, Courtyard Marriott Downtown, Toronto

Get the tools and resources to care for people with complex needs in a primary care setting, and enhance your ability to practise to full scope.

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RNAO's Career Expo

May 16, 2014, Hyatt Regency Toronto Downtown

Learn to make the most of your resume and cover letter, meet prospective employers, and see one special nurse presented with the Nightingale Award at this free event.

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Our mailing address is:
158 Pearl St.,
Toronto, ON
M5H 1L3
Our telephone:
1 800 268 7199

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