Dubbed Queen’s Park Day (QP Day), this RNAO tradition allows RNs, NPs and nursing students to discuss and debate local and provincial health issues. Through patient anecdotes and well informed discussions of key policy recommendations put forward by the association, nurses can press for meaningful change that addresses what we do right, and the issues we need to fix in our health system.
Late in 2012, Ontario's former Premier Dalton McGuinty prorogued the legislature, meaning many MPPs would not be in their Queen's Park offices at the time QP Day would normally take place. Undeterred, RNAO members agreed to take the association's signature political advocacy event “on the road.” They began planning last fall to meet in their own communities with their MPPs, an initiative referred to as Queen’s Park on the Road (QPOR).
Over 80 MPPs – including Conservative leader Tim Hudak and NDP head Andrea Horwath – signed on to participate in meetings stretching from Elliot Lake to Temiskaming Shores to Cornwall to Windsor.
To provide a starting point for discussion, and fuel for QPOR conversations, nurses turned to RNAO's platform of health recommendations laid out in a document called Why Your Health Matters . With the release of this platform, RNAO is challenging all political parties to consider and adopt the recommendations that nurses feel will build an even stronger Ontario.