Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Ontario RNs meet with government and opposition MPPs

Ontario RNs meet with government and opposition MPPs


Award first nursing best practice guideline PhD fellowship

TORONTO, Jan. 23, 2004 – The Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) is hosting its 5th Annual Day at Queen’s Park for 130 nurse leaders – bedside nurses, educators, administrators, researchers, policy makers and students - to work with the government and opposition parties to find solutions to key health-care challenges in Ontario:

  • How do we keep nurses in nursing? How do we keep them in Ontario?
  • How do we move immediately to achieve 70 per cent full-time employment for RNs?
  • How do we overcome the obstacles to a sustainable and affordable health-care system?
  • How do we put the privatization ghosts to rest and end the discussion and debate about public-private partnerships (P3) and for-profit MRI and CT clinics?

In addition to question and answer sessions with Minister of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) George Smitherman and opposition MPPs, groups of nurses will meet with individual MPPs in their Queen’s Park offices.

“The association will be listening for a clear articulation of where the parties stand on RNAO’s economic, social and nursing policy positions,” said RNAO president Adeline Falk-Rafael. “RNAO is committed to working with government and opposition members to ensure nurses’ voices influence government decisions in a way that restores public trust in health and social services.”

RNAO is also awarding the first nursing best practice guideline (NBPG) PhD fellowship, funded by MOHLTC, to develop research capacity in the evaluation of the clinical, financial and system outcomes resulting from the implementation of RNAO’s best practice guidelines.

The association is pleased to announce that Amy Bender, a full-time PhD student at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, is the recipient of the first NBPG PhD fellowship. “We hope to inspire nurses and health-care organizations to incorporate the best available clinical information into nursing practice by demonstrating the link between implementation of the guidelines and health outcomes,” says RNAO executive director Doris Grinspun. “With this fellowship, Ms. Bender will use RNAO’s Establishing Therapeutics Relationships guideline to explore the impact of the guideline on the health of individuals and communities.”


  • George Smitherman, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care (9 a.m.)
  • Laurie Scott, Conservative Critic: Training, Colleges and Universities (11:15 a.m.)
  • Howard Hampton, NDP Leader and Shelley Martel, NDP Critic: Health Care (11:35 a.m.)
  • RNAO president Adeline Falk-Rafael, RN, PhD
  • RNAO president elect Joan Lesmond, RN, BScN, MSN
  • RNAO executive director Doris Grinspun, RN, MSN, PhD (cand.)
  • More than 130 registered nurses and nursing students from across Ontario
  • MPPs from the Liberal, Conservative and New Democratic parties

RNAO’s 5th Annual Day at Queen’s Park

Friday, Jan. 23, 2004, 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Committee Rooms 228/230, 2nd Floor, Main Legislative Building, Queen’s Park

The Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses wherever they practise in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has lobbied for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses’ contribution to shaping the health-care system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve.


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Marion Zych, Director of Communications, RNAO
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