Policy Announcements & Updates
Ontario's RNs, NPs and nursing students are urging the provincial government to fix its mistake, and immediately add nurses to legislation that expedites access to treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Legislators unanimously passed Bill 163 recently, which gives Ontario's first responders a more direct path to treatment for PTSD. The bill is a major step toward eliminating barriers for suffering Ontarians, except for a glaring omission: the province's nurses.
Since 2000, RNAO has advocated for 70 per cent full-time employment among Ontario's nurses as a means to ensure continuity of care and continuity of caregiver for patients in the province.
As part of this push, RNAO led the 70 per cent Full-Time Employment for Nurses Survey, which targeted all employers of nurses in the hospital and long-term care sectors. The results are in, and they show we have come a long way toward achieving our goals.