RNAO grieves the loss of Stefanie Van Nguyen, a young RN committed to the nursing profession, her family, friends and her partner Jason Parreno. Stefanie left us way too soon. RNAO hopes that Stefanie’s kindness, selflessness and giving nature are remembered forever and serve as a lesson for others to help brighten the world. As Jason mentioned to RNAO’s CEO Doris Grinspun, “the world is a darker place without her.”

    Members of RNAO’s assembly have long appreciated the opportunity to take part in the association’s Queen's Park Day. In February, all members will have a chance to join as well since the Feb. 25 event will be taking place virtually. The event, which will take place from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will feature remarks by Premier Ford, Minister of Health Christine Elliott, opposition and NDP leader Andrea Horwath, Liberal Party leader Steven Del Duca, and Green Party leader Mike Schreiner.

    COVID-19 dominated the news headlines this year and journalists worked exceptionally hard reporting on the thousands of people who died from the virus, on the nurses and other health providers doing their best to take care of those who got sick and on key policy issues ranging from a shortage of personal protective equipment and the importance of testing and contact tracing to the failure by successive governments to improve staffing and funding in long-term care homes. The news stories gave nurses and other health-care professionals an opportunity to speak out.