The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional organization for registered nurses who practice in all roles and sectors across Ontario. Our mandate is to advocate for healthy public policy and for the role of registered nurses in serving the public. It is in the context of this mandate that RNAO is pleased to provide feedback to the Ministry on HPRAC’s New Directions Report.
Ensuring The Care Will Be There: A Report on Recruitment and Retention in Ontario addresses key issues for Ontario nurses and the public. This Recruitment and Retention Report is a response to an imminent and severe nursing shortage across Canada.
The work performed by nurses is essential to the well being of patients and clients accessing the healthcare system. Registered nurses provide the greatest hours of care and coordinate the care provided by other healthcare providers. They are the primary interface between the patient and the health care system.
The purpose of an elder health framework is to identify the essential elements that must be addressed in the development of provincial policy and integrated services for older persons in Ontario. It outlines the principles and policy directions that must be considered in any decision that affect older persons in Ontario.
The Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) has prepared this submission to the Independent Commission to Investigate the Introduction and Spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) to ensure nurses’ voices are heard. The submission is a snapshot of RNAO’s full report to be released later this year.
The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) and the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) are interested in defining effective strategies, which can then be used to optimize the working relationships between General Practitioners (GPs) and Nurse Practitioners with the RN(EC) designation RN(EC)s or NPs. (Note: In the report the terms RN(EC) and NP are used interchangeably in all cases the individual has an RN(EC) designation).
In recent years, upwards of half of working RNs have not had full-time employment. This is a most unusual circumstance for any profession, and serves as a stark contrast with other jurisdictions, like the US, where 71.6% of RNs are full-time. This disproportionate amount of part-time and casual work is a threat to the quality of patient care, to the viability of the health care system, and to the nursing profession itself.
RNAO strongly endorses the final report of the Romanow Commission, Building on Values: The Future of Health Care in Canada. Commissioner Romanow began his work clarifying Canadians’ values and ended his work with recommendations based on the best available evidence. Indeed, the report’s recommendations are based in solid evidence, gleaned through extensive consultation, research and analysis over the past eighteen months. This is a report that reflects the overwhelming views and values of most Canadians, including Ontario nurses.
In January 1999, the Nursing Task Force presented its report, Good Nursing, Good Health: An Investment for the 21st Century. The Ontario government accepted all the recommendations of the Task Force and moved to implementation. The Nursing Research Committee of RNAO decided to find out nurses' perceptions of changes in practice settings since the release of the report.