The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association for registered nurses in Ontario. RNAO members practice in all roles and sectors across the province, including long-term care. Our mandate is to advocate for healthy public policy and for the role of registered nurses in enhancing the health of Ontarians. We welcome this opportunity to respond questions posed in the review of staffing and care standards for long-term care homes.
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. It is therefore essential that the work that nurses perform is understood. This requires the development of a means for identifying the specific contribution of nurses to patient outcomes as well as the resources required to affect this outcome.
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.