Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Best Practice Guidelines

Best practice guidelines (BPGs) are systematically developed, evidence-based documents that include recommendations for nurses and the interprofessional team, educators, leaders and policy-makers, persons and their chosen families on specific clinical and healthy work environment topics. BPGs promote consistency and excellence in clinical care, health policies, and health education, ultimately leading to optimal health outcomes for people and communities and the health system.

RNAO has about 50 BPGs covering four themes: foundational, clinical, system and healthy work environment and population and public health. The BPGs are freely available and organized alphabetically below.



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This guideline, Nursing Care of Dyspnea: The 6th Vital Sign in Individuals with COPD, will address the nursing assessment and management of stable, unstable and acute dyspnea associated with COPD.

The RNAO Best Practice Guideline Nursing Management of Hypertension (2005, 2009) was...

This best practice guideline (BPG) Oral Health: Supporting Adults Who Require Assistance Second Edition replaces the RNAO BPG Oral Health: Nursing Assessment and Intervention, which was released in 2008.

The first edition Person- and Family- Centred Care (2015) guideline is designed to apply to nurses and other members of the interprofessional health-care team to enhance the quality of their partnerships with...

The purpose of this Guideline is to provide evidence-based recommendations that promote and sustain the undergraduate nursing student’s application of knowledge to practice in a variety of clinical learning environments....