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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In Canada, more than 16 million nursing hours are lost to injury and illness annually. In fact, nurses have a substantially higher rate of absenteeism than the national average.

This enormous tally of lost hours...