Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


Maximizing and expanding the role of primary care nurses key to improving access to care and health system cost effectiveness, says RNAO


TORONTO, June 26, 2012 – A groundbreaking report calling for significant changes to the scope of practice for nurses who work in Ontario’s primary care system will be unveiled this week by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO).

The report, titled Primary Solutions for Primary Care: Maximizing and Expanding the Role of the Primary Care Nurse in Ontario, is being released by a Task Force led by RNAO with representatives from other key organizations that work in primary care. The report offers 20 recommendations to improve timely access to primary care for Ontarians and system effectiveness and efficiencies at a time when health-care dollars are scarce.

Ontario has 4,285 nurses (Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses), who work across the province in primary care settings such as Community Health Centres, Family Health Teams, Nurse-Practitioner Led Clinics, and physicians’ offices. A recent survey revealed that only 61 per cent of RNs in family practice reported they were working to their full scope of practice, with many saying they are capable of doing much more to help their patients and the health system.

RNAO launched the Task Force in February because it believes the sustainability of Ontario’s health system depends on the success of primary care reform.

Event details:

Who: Rhonda Seidman-Carlson, President of RNAO
Doris Grinspun, Chief Executive Officer, RNAO, and Task Force Co-Chair
Judie Surridge, President, Ontario Family Practice Nurses and Task Force Co-Chair

What: Media conference to announce recommendations for maximizing and expanding the role of nurses who work in primary care

Where: Queen’s Park Media Studio, Main Legislative Building, Queen’s Park, Toronto

When: Thursday June 28, 2012 at 11:30 a.m.

The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario is the professional association representing registered nurses in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has advocated 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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