Nurse Practioners (NP) must work to their full scope.

    NPs are valuable to Ontario's health system: they reduce wait times and help patients navigate through the system. That's why RNAO has long pushed to broaden their role. Ontario hospitals should designate NPs to take the lead as most responsible provider in more cases.

    How can the provincial government end hallway nursing?

    Ontario lags other provinces when it comes to the ratio of RNs providing care, with just 669 RNs per 100,000 people compared with an average of 828 RNs in the rest of Canada. In fact, Ontario has the lowest RN-to-population ratio in the country. We must rebalance the nursing workforce to improve outcomes andsafety for patients.  The research is clear – when RNs provide care in hospitals, there are fewer readmissions and patients have fewer complications such as falls,infections, pneumonia, cardiac arrests, medication errors and pressure ulcers. More RNs reduce the number of patients and their length of stays, so that those who need hospital care aren't stranded on gurneys in a hallway.

    Looking for a new and exciting learning experience?

    RNAO is now accepting proposals for the Advanced Clinical Practice Fellowship (ACPF) program. The fellowship provides RNs and NPs with the opportunity to develop clinical, leadership or best practice guideline implementation knowledge and skills with support from a mentor, the organization where the RN/NP is employed and RNAO.

    This initiative is aimed at developing and promoting nursing knowledge and expertise to improve client care and health outcomes in Ontario.