Benefits for long-term care homes

Improves quality of care

RNAO Clinical Pathways are derived from its Best Practice Guidelines (BPG). These evidence-based tools have been implemented by more than 100 long-term care homes in Ontario with significant improvements in the quality of care. For example, one home implemented 12 BPGs and achieved measurable improvements in the quality of care and in resident outcomes.

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resident-centred care

The RNAO Clinical Pathways are aligned with the Resident’s Bill of Rights. They promote evidence-based practices for person- and family-centred (PFCC) care. Several long-term care homes in Ontario have implemented RNAO’s PFCC BPG and enhanced resident-centred care and resident outcomes. 

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regulatory compliance

The RNAO Clinical Pathways were designed in collaboration with nurses with expertise in the sector. This ensures alignment with legislative and regulatory requirements for the mandatory clinical programs, inspection protocols and RAI-MDS. These evidence-based tools also prepare homes for accreditation and promote continuous quality improvement.

staff efficiency

The RNAO Clinical Pathways incorporate many efficiencies that streamline clinical documentation and care planning. This saves significant time for nurses. The user-friendly design includes:

  • Pre-built user assessment forms
  • Pre-built care plan library
  • Clinical suggestions
  • Pre-population of fields
  • Structured progress notes 


risk of errors

RNAO Clinical Pathways promote standardized assessments and interventions, with built-in prompts to guide the nurse through each step. This approach reduces errors and supports clinical decision making, especially by novice and agency nurses. Staff orientation time is also reduced.