TORONTO, Feb. 26, 2004 – The Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) today announced new partnerships with two Quebec health-care organizations to implement and evaluate nursing best practice guidelines (NBPG).
“These dynamic partnerships will develop and share creative strategies to implement and evaluate nursing best practice guidelines,” said RNAO executive director Doris Grinspun. “We have selected two well-respected organizations committed to providing nurses with current, comprehensive guidelines based on the latest evidence in specific clinical areas and giving patients and the public an understanding of the quality of care they should expect to receive.”
The two spotlight organizations are Hôpital Charles LeMoyne and McGill University Health Centre, bringing the total number of RNAO NBPG spotlight organizations to nine:
These organizations have committed the financial and human resources necessary to ensure successful implementation of multiple guidelines and a positive impact on patient care. Funding is provided by Health Canada with matching funds provided by the spotlight organizations.
“The challenge is to ensure that the latest research in nursing practice is lifted from the page and embedded into daily nursing care in health-care facilities and agencies across the province,” said NBPG project director Tazim Virani. “Ultimately if these guidelines are implemented they could be the catalyst to achieving a more consistent, higher level of health care for Canadians.”
One of the strengths of the guidelines, added Grinspun, is that they take into account the context of the individual work place. They clearly outline the work environment and educational supports nurses need to provide the best possible care to patients, she said. Spotlight organizations are expected to dedicate staff to support nurses as they incorporate guideline recommendations into practice.
To date, Ontario’s NBPG Project, led by RNAO and funded by MOHLTC, has completed 21 guidelines focusing on elder health and elder care, home health care, mental health care, emergency care and primary health care as well as an implementation tool kit to help nurses and organizations use the guidelines. And development of four new guidelines is in progress. Health education fact sheets have been developed to supplement the guidelines and increase the public’s knowledge and involvement in making decisions about their health.
Thousands of expert nurses from across Ontario and all sectors of the profession – staff nurses, advanced practice nurses, researchers, administrators, academics and policy experts – have been developing, pilot testing, implementing and evaluating guidelines that flow from the latest research in nursing practice. Forty-seven health-care sites across Ontario and about 4,600 stakeholders – patients and families, employers, nurses and other health-care professionals – are participating in the project. And thousands of additional nurses are starting to use the best practice guidelines in their day to day practice to enrich patient care.
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.