Continuing the Conversation: An Open Forum for Nurses

May 12, 2021, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
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When: Wednesdays biweekly

RNAO is aware nurses across Ontario – especially those working on the frontlines of COVID-19 – are experiencing tremendous levels of physical and emotional stress and burnout. We know this can affect your mental health and wellbeing at this challenging time and that you may have less time to devote to your own self care.

During these biweekly open forums, RNAO facilitates open discussions and holds breakout sessions for participants to discuss themes identified in the previous forums, such as dealing with multiple losses, taking care of yourself, burnout and more.

All RNs, NPs, RPNs and nursing students – in all roles and sectors – are invited to participate. You may wish to share how things are going for you or you can simply join and listen in.

Visit our COVID-19 Portal for additional resources and information on psychosocial support.

Next session:

May 12, 2021, 3 4:30 p.m. ET

Topic: What concrete initiatives are required to retain nurses through COVID-19 and beyond? 

RNAO recognizes that these past 15 months of the pandemic have been grueling for nurses. Our Work and Wellbeing Survey results showed that 13 per cent of RNs and NPs aged 26-35 are likely to leave the profession once the pandemic is over. We cannot let this happen!

On Wednesday, May 12 – Florence Nightingale’s birthday, we are focusing our conversation on initiatives to be undertaken to retain RNs and NPs in the profession. We are inviting politicians to join the conversation to hear directly from nurses about what they need to thrive in the profession. 


Past sessions:

April 28, 2021

Topic: National Day of Mourning and a discussion on the new regulations from the College of Nurses of Ontario

April 14, 2021

March 31, 2021

Topic: RNAO’s work & wellbeing survey: Media conference to release the survey results and open forum for nurses to share how they're feeling during COVID-19

We released the report on the results of RNAO's work and wellbeing survey during a media conference and hold our regular forum with nurses. Read our media advisory and media release.


  • 2 – 3 p.m. ET: Media conference 
  • 3 – 4 p.m. ET: Forum with nurses


March 17, 2021

Topic: RNAO's nurse wellness survey results: Implications and recommendations for next steps

RNAO’s work and wellbeing survey asked RNs, NPs and nursing students in Ontario how they’ve been impacted by COVID-19 and the best way RNAO can continue to support Ontario’s nursing community. 


  • Dr. Doris Grinspun, RNAO CEO
  • Matthew Kellway, Director of Nursing and Health Policy

March 3, 2021

Topic: Burnout among nurses


  • Doris Grinspun, RNAO CEO
  • Debra Lefebvre, Mental Health Specialist 

Feb. 17, 2021

On Feb. 3, RNAO hosted its first open forum with over 100 participants and heard firsthand how nurses are feeling during COVID-19. Feedback on the first forum was very positive – participants felt supported, more connected and took away new resources and coping strategies. 
We continued the conversation on Wednesday, Feb. 17. This time, we hosted breakout sessions to provide more opportunities to discuss the following themes identified in the first forum:

  • dealing with multiple losses;
  • time out from COVID – learning to let go;
  • taking care of yourself; and
  • organizational support for well-being.

Feb. 3, 2021

The first open forum session featuring facilitator RNAO CEO Doris Grinspun. 

Related Documents:
HELP_LINES_2021.pdf618.99 KB
Report: Work and Wellbeing Survey Results808.02 KB