The RNAO board of directors wishes to update members regarding developments in the relationship with the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA). RNAO is moving forward with the implementation of voluntary membership in CNA for the membership year beginning November 1st, 2014.
For the second year in a row, each and every RNAO member will have the chance to shape the future of our professional association through the One Member, One Vote system. Voting opens April 15, and will take place online.
Time to protect yourself is running out. But don't fret, RNAO has you covered. The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) requires all RNs to have personal liability protection (PLP) by March 31, 2014. Thankfully, RNAO membership is the best way to meet the requirement. Tell your colleagues that membership in RNAO covers you, and if they need more information, they can check out our new archived webcast.
Online registration for RNAO's 2014 Annual General Meeting (AGM), taking place May 1 – 3, 2014 at the Hilton Toronto, is now open. This year's AGM will feature a keynote address from intensive care unit nurse and bestselling author, Tilda Shalof, known for her books Camp Nurse, A Nurses' Story, and the upcoming Bringing it Home – A Nurse Discovers Healthcare Beyond the Hospital.
Ontario long-term care homes will be getting an additional dose of expertise thanks to a new initiative from the Ministry of Health. The province recently announced funding to add nurse practitioners (NP) to 75 long-term care homes over the next three years.
Over the past several months, nurses have been mobilizing to urge the political government to retain and hire more RNs and raise the minimum wage to $14 per hour. Nearly 7,000 people have signed RNAO's action alerts, and with the provincial budget due out shortly, we need to keep speaking out.
A group of Ottawa nursing students have launched a campaign for supervised injection services, and against federal legislation, Bill C-2. The fourth-year students at the University of Ottawa created the Respect Communities website as part of a class project, along with an accompanying video expressing concerns about Bill C-2, which critics fear will hinder access to supervised injection services.
Best Practice Guidelines
Protecting infants while they sleep is the focus of RNAO's most recent Best Practice Guideline (BPG), released Feb. 27. Working with Families to Promote Safe Sleep for Infants 0-12 Months of Age provides research-based recommendations on creating the safest possible sleep environments for young children.
Now is the time to take a positive step in your career with RNAO's unique mentorship program. The Advanced Clinical/Practice Fellowship (ACPF) request for proposal (RFP) has been released. This program, lasting 12 weeks (full time) or 20 weeks (part time), is designed to develop and promote nursing expertise in order to enhance patient care outcomes in Ontario.
The Ottawa Citizen and the CBC nabbed two and three awards, respectively, in RNAO's 2013 Media Awards, an annual competition honouring journalists working at newspapers, radio and television stations and online publications who examine nursing, health and health-care issues.
Every day, health-care professionals work in cooperation to provide the best possible care to clients. Now is your opportunity to share your stories about working together, and get published in Registered Nurse Journal or on our website. Tell us your best story about interprofessional practice in 500 words or less practice by the April 30, 2014 deadline.
The public health and primary health care sectors are joining forces for a groundbreaking conference. Prevent More to Treat Less brings together both areas of practice to focus on a shared vision for improving health for all Ontario residents. The conference will be held June 4 and 5 at the Sheraton Parkway in Toronto.