Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

Queen's Park on the Road, 2015

Resource Type: 
Political Action

Queen’s Park on the Road (QPOR) is an effective political engagement activity for members. The opportunity to meet with MPPs to discuss priority nursing and health issues empowers nurses and demonstrates that they can make an impact on public policy and influence healthy changefor patients, their co-workers, friends and family alike.

QPOR was originally proposed as an event to replace RNAO’s Queen’s Park Day in 2013 because its timing coincided with a provincial election. However, it was so successful that members told us they wanted to meet with MPPs in their riding offices every year.

Through QPOR, registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nursing students raise issues and make recommendations that matter to them. This includes expanding the scope of practice of RNs, improving the health system, banning medical tourism in Ontario, increasing wages and benefits for NPs, and raising the minimum wage to $14/hour.

In the fall of 2015, meetings with MPPs will highlight several issues in particular, including the need to stop the replacement of RNs with less qualified health providers. Organizations that do this cite budgetary pressures as the reason.But this shift has consequences for patient care, including lengths of stay in hospital, adverse events and complications. This issue is of tremendous concern for members. They want to know where MPPs stand on this and other pressing nursing and health issues.

RNAO is proud of the positive and ongoing relationship it has with elected officialsand looks forward to continued meaningful dialogue with MPPs.

Issues for discussion

1) RN replacement (backgrounder)
2) NP compensation (backgrounder)
3) RN prescribing (backgrounder)
4) NP controlled substances (backgrounder)
5) Health system structural reform (backgrounder)
6) Pharmacare (backgrounder)
7) Fair work (backgrounder)
8) Environment-toxics (backgrounder)

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