Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

eHealth & Technology

BPG Order Sets™

RNAO's BPG Order SetsTM (formally known as Nursing Order Sets (NOS)) are an unprecedented and innovative knowledge translation tool designed to support the implementation of evidence-based practices across the care continuum. BPG order sets make it easier to translate evidence into practice by providing clear, concise, actionable intervention statements that can be readily incorporated into various practice settings.

Why BPG Orders Sets are important?

RNAO's BPG Order Sets are important because they:

  • Support clinical transformation in a digital health-care environment where technology plays a significant role in promoting knowledge translation and evidence-based decision making.
  • Reduce variation in nursing practice to facilitate comparative analysis of nursing data across health-care sectors and geographical locations.
  • Incorporate intervention statements that are based on international terminology standards, specifically: International Classification for Nursing Practice (ICNP) and Systematized Nomenclature for Medical and Clinical Terms (SNOMED-CT). ICNP is uniquely developed by nurses to describe the work that nurses do using a consistent approach.
  • Facilitate the evaluation of BPG implementations by providing a mechanism to link specific evidence-based interventions to clinical outcome indicators. A case in point is the linkage that currently exists between the Order Sets and the indicators in the RNAO NQuIRE® database.

How might BPG order sets be used?

RNAO's BPG order sets are designed to be incorporated into electronic health information systems, but they may also be used in a paper-based or hybrid documentation system. Health-care organizations across the care continuum including acute care, home care, long-term care and community care will derive many benefits from implementing these BPG Order Sets.

Related Files:
List of BPGs and BPG Order Sets available786.5 KB