Toronto, Nov. 16, 2005 – Whether nurses work in healthy environments or not is key to determining how well health-care professionals can respond to health emergencies. This was one of the many lessons learned following the 2003 SARS outbreak, and should be top-of-mind as countries worldwide plan for a possible flu pandemic.
The fundamentals necessary for sustaining healthy workplaces is the focus of this week’s Healthy Workplaces in Action conference, organized by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) Centre for Professional Nursing Excellence. Presentations from health-care experts from across Canada will include innovative approaches to recruiting and retaining nurses, improving the health and wellness of health-care workers, and addressing the needs of nurses in all sectors – all of which are necessary for quality patient care.
“A healthy work environment that nurtures all nurses wherever they work is crucial to ensuring patients receive the best care, especially during times of crisis,” says Irmajean Bajnok, executive director of RNAO’s Centre for Professional Nursing Excellence. “Despite the SARS experience, we still don’t have all the pieces in place to protect nurses and other health-care providers.”
Minister of Labour Steve Peters will welcome more than 200 health-care professionals, human resources executives and social scientists to the event, followed by the opening keynote presentation by world renowned researcher and author Linda Lee O’Brien-Pallas, RN, PhD. Ontario’s emergency management commissioner, Julian Fantino, will close the conference with a presentation about the challenges Ontario faces in preparing for emergencies.
Conference sessions include:
This conference complements RNAO’s ongoing work on healthy work environments best practices in six key areas including: workplace health and safety for nurses, cultural diversity, and leadership.
WHAT: Healthy Workplaces in Action 2005: Maintaining the Momentum Towards Positive Workplaces, the fifth annual international conference hosted by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, with support from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
WHO: Nursing leaders and keynote speakers/persons, including:
WHERE: Hilton Suites Toronto/Markham Conference Centre & Spa, 8500 Warden Avenue, Markham, Ontario, L6G 1A5
The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses wherever they practise in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has lobbied for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses’ contribution to shaping the health-care system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve.