Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

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Leadership Award in BPG Implementation

This award is presented to an RN who practices excellence and enhances the image of nursing by using or encouraging the use of best practice guidelines (BPG) in the workplace.

Implementing BPGs in one organization is no easy task, so co-ordinating implementation through eight organizations across seven Local Health Integration Networks can be a major challenge. But it's a challenge Cindy Fajardo has taken on with a warm, cheerful attitude. When she took on the role of clinical practice manager for the Ontario Telemedicine Network's new Telehomecare program, Cindy recognized the need for evidence-based practice right from the get-go. Her program applied for Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) status shortly before launching nearly four years ago. "We didn't want to start from scratch, we wanted to leverage RNAO’s expertise in BPG implementation," she recalls. Since then, she's led the implementation of seven guidelines across the province. A dedicated mentor who loves to teach, Cindy developed the Telehomecare curriculum and processes to ensure that the latest best practices are incorporated. She says Telehomecare is a perfect fit for her because it marries her passions for innovation and health care, and she expects the program to grow as Ontario increasingly relies on home and community care to support chronic disease management and prevention.