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2020
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News

COVID-19 update

As the COVID-19 outbreak enters its second month, RNAO remains actively engaged with Ontario’s Ministry of Health about developments related to this virus. We continue to send daily updates to keep you fully informed, to hear any concerns you may have, to answer your questions and share ministry resources.

Our updates are being read by more than 200,000 RNs, NPs, RPNs, other health professionals and BPSOs at home and abroad. We are thrilled with the feedback we have received as it shows people appreciate our efforts to provide comprehensive and factual information, alongside important policy analysis.

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Ont gov't announces changes to home care services

RNAO says the Ontario government’s Feb. 25 announcement about changes to home and community care services to advance integrated models of care represents a step in the right direction.

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Nurses bring their voices to Queen’s Park

More than 130 RNs, NPs and nursing students spoke out for nursing and health care at RNAO’s 20th Queen’s Park Day on Feb. 20, 2020.

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Members gather for assembly meeting on Feb. 21

Following our vibrant and successful Queen’s Park Day, nurses from different regions/chapters and interest groups gathered on Feb. 21 for RNAO’s winter assembly meeting, to provide an update on their communities and to hear details about important changes coming to Ontario’s health system. 

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Membership

#FabFeb: Free nursing student membership until tomorrow

Just a few hours remain to take advantage of a special membership offer for undergraduate nursing students. Do you know someone who isn’t a member of RNAO? Let them know that they can join RNAO for free until Feb. 29, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

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New grads join for free

RNAO membership is the perfect way to kickstart a nursing career. And nothing is better than getting it for free, thanks to the generosity of HUB International, RNAO’s home and auto insurance partner. Let a new grad know they can join for free and be part of our collective of more than 43,000 RNs, NPs and nursing students speaking out for nursing and health.

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Nursing Now Ontario Awards: Nominations now closed

Thank you to everyone who nominated a nurse for the Nursing Now Ontario Awards. The response was overwhelming for the first year of this awards program. Nominations are now closed.

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Recognition Awards: Thank you to all nominators

Nominations for RNAO’s Recognition Awards are now closed. Thank you to everyone who nominated a colleague or organization for the awards.

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Be part of the Nursing Now campaign

RNAO is part of the global campaign Nursing Now with the World Health Organization and the International Council of Nurses (ICN) to improve health by raising the status of nursing worldwide. 

The Nursing Now campaign advocates that nurses share best practices, assume positions of leadership, grow their voice to shape health policy, conduct research that shows where they can have the most impact and call upon health providers and government to invest more to grow the nursing workforce. 

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Registration now open for RNAO’s 95th AGM

Celebrate the Year of the Nurse with colleagues and friends at RNAO’s 95th AGM. Taking place on June 11-13, 2020 at the Hilton Hotel Toronto (145 Richmond Street West), the AGM features an exciting program packed with events and special guests.

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RN Journal IconRNJ is now completely digital

Visit RNJ.RNAO.ca for full access to features, profiles, columns, news, and our much-loved "What nursing means to me" section. Read the most up-to-date content, or search for back issues of the print publication, dating to early 2018.

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Are RNAO fees tax deductible?

The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) requires all of its members who are registered to practise to have professional liability protection (PLP). Because PLP is automatically included in your RNAO membership, it may be tax deductible.

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Learn about legal issues for nurses in independent practice

Join us on March 5 at 5:30 p.m. for a webcast on RNAO’s Legal Assistance Program. Hear from Tim Hannigan, lawyer with Ryder Wright Blair & Holmes LLP and Mara Haase, RNAO’s LAP administrator about the legal issues you may encounter in independent practice.

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Policy

Building the NP role in Ontario

To build the next phase of growth – both in numbers and role – of NPs, RNAO launched the NP Task Force at our April 12, 2019 AGM. Members of the task force -- NPs across the province -- have met several times virtually since then with amazing progress made. The task force met in-person on Feb. 6 and 7 to build its recommendations. You can expect to see a final report in the fall.

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New CNO reporting guide

Did you know that in December 2019 the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) published a new reporting guide and an updated reporting form? Learn more online.

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Best Practice Guidelines

Champions training with East Toronto Health Partners BPSO OHT

RNAO believes that true health system transformation that will make a difference for Ontarians requires two things: evidence-based practice and robust staff engagement. This was a central theme during RNAO’s second Champions training workshop for teams participating in the East Toronto Health Partners BPSO OHT.

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Learn about Ontario Health Teams on March 4: Register online

To keep members informed about Ontario’s health system transformation, RNAO continues to be involved with the provincial government and Ontario Health Teams (OHT). 
 
Join RNAO CEO Doris Grinspun on March 4 at 2:30 p.m. (EDT) for our monthly OHT webinar series called Health System Transformation: Making Interprofessional Teams Shine. 

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RNAO is hiring an LTC manager

Are you an accomplished nursing leader with a passion for long-term care? Do you have experience managing a team? Consider applying to become RNAO’s program manager for the Long-Term Care Best Practice Guideline Program, funded by the Ministry of Health and/or Ministry of Long-term Care.

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Apply to be our next implementation science manager

RNAO is seeking an implementation science manager for its International Affairs and Best Practice Guidelines Program. The primary function of the manager will be to facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of knowledge transfer activities and special projects funded by the Ministry of Health and/or Ministry of Long-Term Care. 

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Spanish translated Transforming Nursing Through Knowledge coming soon

Transforming Nursing Through Knowledge, RNAO’s book on its world-renowned Best Practice Guidelines (BPG) Program is being translated into Spanish and will be available soon.

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Events

Best Practices in Wound Care Institute: Clinical Stream

March 29 - April 3, 2020

Learn how you can use RNAO’s best practice guidelines to reduce physiological, psychological and fiscal burden of wounds.

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Best Practices in Wound Care Institute: Program Planning Stream

March 31 - April 3, 2020

Become a leader in wound care best practice guideline implementation and evaluation to build awareness of wound care assessment and management.

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