Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

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RNAO Promotion in a Nursing Program: College of Health Studies

This award goes to an Ontario nursing education program that successfully promotes RNAO within its program and/or nursing school campus. This organization demonstrates student engagement with RNAO initiatives and activities through political, media-related and public activities. Students also show active involvement in RNAO and initiate activities that enhance healthy public policy and the role of the nursing student/RN/NP in Ontario.

Brampton’s College of Health Studies is “…changing the role of nurses and embracing changes in health care,” says Romy Burgess-Burfitt, the school’s program director. She’s speaking specifically about the certificate program focused on basic and advanced foot care. The foot care program provides nurses with the skills required to offer safe foot care treatment, incorporating evidence from RNAO’s Reducing Foot Complications for People with Diabetes best practice guideline (BPG). For this program, nurses must be a member in good standing with RNAO to ensure they are enrolled in the association’s professional liability protection program. “Although we train our nurses to provide safe care, we want (them) to have that security should something happen,” says Romy. Currently, 15 RNs and NPs are enrolled in the certificate program.