Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


Ontario and Chinese RNs join to build healthy work environments

TORONTO, Sept. 14, 2006 – Ontario’s nurses are celebrating a new partnership that will allow them to share their knowledge and skills with 1.3 million Chinese colleagues to help improve patient care in that booming nation.

The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO), the Chinese Nursing Association, and the Beijing Nightingale Consultation of Culture (BNCC), have signed an agreement that will see Ontario RNs travel to China to train 80 senior nurses in key leadership and management skills. In turn, those 80 will train their colleagues across China, giving them the knowledge and skills to lead effective workplaces. RNAO will provide training focused on leadership and management skills to support excellence in clinical practice and create better working lives for nurses. The program will include several topics such as better budgeting and scheduling practices that will create workplaces that enable China’s nurses to provide the best care for their patients. RNAO’s Client Centred Care best practice guideline (BPG), and the recently released Healthy Work Environment best practice guidelines that cover topics ranging from leadership to workplace safety, will be used to create curriculum and training programs.

“This is an important day for nursing in Canada and for RNAO,” says RNAO executive director Doris Grinspun. “Working with China is an honour. We thank the Chinese Nursing Association and BNCC for choosing us to develop training programs for Chinese nurses, and we very much look forward to a partnership that will grow stronger every day.”

Chinese Nursing Association vice-president Huan Renjian agrees this is the first of many important steps to enrich the nursing profession in China. “We respect and value RNAO's expertise, and we know that our partnership will deliver successful results that will serve to further strengthen nursing all across China,” she says.

“We look forward to working closely with RNAO to strengthen nursing in our country,” says BNCC President Jiang JingHui. “Our company has a strong track record in business and with RNAO's leadership in health care and nursing worldwide, we can only move upwards.”

The formal agreement comes after nine months of discussions, including work with Ottawa-based consultants HDP Group Inc. and Wis-Win Consulting based in Beijing. The Chinese Nursing Association and BNCC – a Chinese consulting firm – originally approached Grinspun to get involved with RNAO’s work after a presentation last fall to an international nursing conference in Beijing. There, Grinspun discussed her vision for nursing and RNAO’s work in policy and practice.

“Ontario nurses have much to be proud of,” says Mary Ferguson-Paré, RNAO president. “RNAO has built up a wealth of knowledge in clinical and leadership areas; the demand to share it internationally is a testament to the quality of our work.”

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.

The Chinese Nursing Association (CNA) is the national association representing all nurses throughout China. The Chinese Nursing Association provides the guidance and direction for the professional development of nurses and supports the government in developing practical health-care solutions through the nursing community.

The Beijing Nightingale Consultation of Culture Co., Ltd. (BNCC) is an organization dedicated to improving nursing standards in China through the development and delivery of professional training programs and continuing education programs for nurses. These training programs are developed through collaboration and partnership with both the Chinese Nursing Association and international nursing organizations.


For more information, please contact:
Marion Zych, Director of Communications, RNAO
Phone: 416-408-5605
Toll free: 1-800-268-7199 ext.209
Cell: 647-406-5605