Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


Canadian Nurses Foundation (CNF) and RNAO partner to raise nursing excellence


TORONTO, Dec. 8, 2005 – The Canadian Nurses Foundation (CNF) in collaboration with the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) and University of Ottawa, today announced two winning research studies aimed at improving excellence in nursing care across Canada. The studies, funded by CNF’s Nursing Care Partnership program, through a Canadian Health Services Research Foundation grant, will examine the impact of RNAO’s Nursing Best Practice Guidelines (BPGs). Best Practice Guidelines are proactive evidence-based clinical and education tools, which provide specific strategies for nurses and other health-care providers to ensure the highest quality of patient care.

“Our ongoing collaboration with the Canadian Nurses Foundation offers us a great research opportunity to learn how to best implement our proactive guidelines in a variety of health-care settings to improve nursing practice and patient care,” says RNAO’s Best Practice Guidelines Program director, Tazim Virani.

Last spring, the Canadian Nurses Foundation, in collaboration with RNAO and University of Ottawa, sent out a request for research proposals to study RNAO’s BPGs across the country. CNF’s Nursing Care Partnership program offers up to $30,000 per project, with matching funding provided by the sponsoring health-care organization.

The two successful applications (of five) were chosen on the basis of a rigorous and objective merit review process. They are:

  • Does changing nursing practice improve patient outcomes?, led by principal investigators Judith Ritchie and Patricia O’Connor, will examine the introduction of RNAO’s BPGs across five sites at Montreal’s McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). The guidelines are focused on reducing pain, injuries related to falls, and skin breakdown. This study will look at the impact of these guidelines on how patients recover and heal; how they change or improve nursing practice; and the most effective ways of introducing widespread organizational change. The Research Institute of MUHC is providing the matching funding for the research project. The Montreal Regional Health Board is funding the work reorganization aspects of the project.
  • The second study, Tailoring RNAO’s BPGs for the Bereavement Context, is led by principal investigators Ariella Lang and Fabie Duhamel. This study, co-funded by the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) Canada, will tailor two of RNAO’s BPGs aimed at establishing a therapeutic relationship with bereaved patients and families. This research project will assist VON in establishing the skills and supports community nursing staff need to provide high quality care and support to individuals and families who have lost a loved one. Research for this study will be conducted in Nova Scotia.

“The research generated by the competition aligns perfectly with the Canadian Nurses Foundation’s priorities, including a focus on applied practice-based research, conducted in care settings, and fully supported by health organizations,” says CNF’s executive director, Linda Piazza.

CNF, through a partnership with the Nursing Best Practice Research Unit (RNAO and University of Ottawa) is also supporting another BPG-related study – Clinical Outcomes and Long-term Use of Research Evidence in Nursing, led by principal investigators Kathryn Smith Huguchi and Barbara Davies. The study will involve nine health organizations across Ontario. The research team, involving nursing and epidemiology, will look at the long-term impact on nursing practice of implementing BPGs.

RNAO’s ambitious BPG program, funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), was launched in 1999 to improve nursing care across a wide spectrum of health-care areas. The 29 guidelines to date are available online and in print and cover five broad clinical areas including: emergency care, gerontology, home health care, mental health, and primary health care.

The Canadian Nurses Foundation was founded in 1962 with a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The organization is committed to enhancing nursing knowledge,
leading to better patient outcomes, through the provision of research grants and scholarships.

The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario is the professional association representing registered nurses 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.


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For more information, please contact:
Marion Zych, Director of Communications, RNAO
Phone: 416-408-5605
Toll free: 1-800-268-7199 ext.209
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