TORONTO, April 6, 2011 – More than 700 registered nurses (RNs) meeting in Toronto this week will mark achievements in public policy, clinical excellence and in the work they do to enrich the health and lives of their patients and communities.
The nurses are members of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) attending the organization’s 86th Annual General Meeting (AGM).
“The AGM is a time to look back on what we’ve achieved during the past 12 months,” says RNAO Executive Director Doris Grinspun. “Some key pieces of legislation have forever changed the role of nurses in this province and we’re celebrating how these will improve patient care and the nursing profession as a whole.”
“This is an important year in the province,” says President David McNeil referring to the provincial election set for Oct. 6. “We’ve been sharing policy recommendations we know are the key ingredients for strengthening our health-care system and creating vibrant communities. We’re looking forward to hearing from the party leaders because while we know how to care for people who are ill, we also know the conditions that influence peoples’ ability to remain healthy.”
Premier Dalton McGuinty, Health Minister Deb Matthews, PC leader Tim Hudak and NDP leader Andrea Horwath are scheduled to speak at the three-day meeting.
RNAO’s AGM begins Thursday evening, April 7, and continues to Saturday, April 9 at the Toronto Hilton, 145 Richmond Street West in Toronto, Ontario.
Thursday, April 7, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.:
•Opening ceremonies featuring speeches by The Hon. Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care; Tim Hudak, Leader of the Official Opposition; and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.
Friday, April 8, 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.:
•Premier Dalton McGuinty will address nurses at 2:10 p.m.
•RNAO Recognition Awards 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
•Awards for Excellence in Health-Care Reporting 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 9, 11:30 a.m.:
•Dr. Lynn McDonald, Professor Emerita with the University of Guelph, will give a talk about the life of Florence Nightingale
The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario is the professional association representing registered nurses in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has advocated 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.
For more information about RNAO, visit our website at www.rnao.ca . You can also check out our Facebook page at www.rnao.ca/facebook  and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rnao .
For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Director of Communications
Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO)
158 Pearl Street