Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Mission and Values

Mission and Values

Mission Statement

We are the professional body representing registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nursing students in Ontario. We advocate for healthy public policy, promote excellence in nursing practice, and power nurses to actively influence and shape decisions that affect the profession and the public they serve.


We believe health is a resource for everyday living and that health care is a universal human right. We respect human dignity and are committed to diversity, inclusivity, equity, social justice, and democracy. We believe the leadership of every nurse advances individual and collective health.


  • RNAO engages with registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nursing students to stimulate membership and promote the value of belonging to their professional organization.
  • RNAO advances the role of nurses as members of a vital, knowledge-driven, caring profession, and as significant contributors to health.
  • RNAO speaks out on emerging issues that impact on nurses and the nursing profession, health and health services.
  • RNAO influences healthy public policy to positively impact the determinants of health, supporting Medicare and strengthening a publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.

Organizational Statement on Diversity and Inclusivity

In keeping with the RNAO’s mission, we are committed to providing an environment that is free from racism, prejudice, discrimination, and harassment. We strive to reflect the diverse communities within our organizational structure (board, staff, members and students) and to promote equitable access to the programs and services we offer. The RNAO will ensure:

  • Policies and protocols, programs and services eliminate systemic barriers, and promote positive inclusive relations
  • Understanding and mutual acceptance of diversity among its board, staff, members and students
  • Whenever possible, the board, staff, members and students reflect the diversity of the community it serves
  • Fairness and equity in all of its operations, including access to employment opportunities and program and service delivery
  • Board, staff, members, students and communities, as well as its affiliates in the province, understand and promote the Diversity and Inclusivity Statement and the Human Rights Code

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