Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


RNAO to announce new partnerships with seven health-care organizations


To disseminate and evaluate nursing best practice guidelines

TORONTO, Jan. 12, 2004 – The Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) will announce three-year partnerships with seven health-care organizations chosen to implement and evaluate nursing best practice guidelines (NBPG). Representatives from the successful “spotlight” organizations – staff nurses, advanced practice nurses, chief nursing officers and CEOs – will meet in Toronto for the inaugural NBPG Spotlight Organization Retreat on Tuesday, Jan. 13.

These dynamic, long-term partnerships, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) with matching funds provided by the spotlight organizations, will develop creative strategies to implement and evaluate NBPGs. Best practice guidelines not only provide nurses with current, comprehensive guidelines based on the latest evidence in specific clinical areas, but also give patients and the public an understanding of the quality of care they should expect to receive.

To date, Ontario’s NBPG Project, led by RNAO and funded by MOHLTC, has completed 17 guidelines focusing on elder health and elder care, home health care, mental health care, emergency care and primary health care as well as an implementation tool kit to help nurses and organizations use the guidelines. And development of four new guidelines is in progress.

Thousands of expert nurses from all regions of the province and sectors of the profession – staff nurses, advanced practice nurses, researchers, administrators, academics and policy experts – have been developing, pilot testing, implementing and evaluating guidelines that flow from the latest research in nursing practice. Forty-seven health-care sites across Ontario and about 4,600 stakeholders – patients and families, employers, nurses and other health-care professionals – are participating in the project. And thousands of additional nurses are starting to use the best practice guidelines in their day to day practice to enrich patient care.


  • Minister of Health and Long-Term Care George Smitherman
  • RNAO executive director Doris Grinspun, RN, MSN, PhD (cand.)
  • NBPG project director Tazim Virani, RN, MScN
  • More than 60 representatives from the seven spotlight organizations

WHAT: Inaugural NBPG Spotlight Organization Retreat

WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004

Health Minister George Smitherman will bring greetings at 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: Holiday Inn on King, 370 King Street West, Toronto


Please contact:
Marion Zych, Director of Communications, RNAO
Cell: 647-406-5605 / Office: 416-408-5605
Toll free: 1-800-268-7199 ext. 209