Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


RNAO’s clinical Best Practice Guidelines debut in Chile and Colombia


TORONTO, July 9, 2012 – Ontario’s top professional nursing organization will share its expertise and commitment to patient-centered care and clinical practice excellence with four South American health organizations.

Two facilities in Chile – Universidad de Chile, Escuela de Enfermería, Facultad de Medicina (UdeChile), and Santiago-based Clinica de las Condes (CLC) – as well as two Colombian hospitals – Hospital Cardioinfantil in Bogota (FCI-IC), and Fundación Oftalmológica de Santander (FOSCAL) – have committed to adopt the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario’s (RNAO) evidence-based clinical guidelines, demonstrating their dedication to enriching nursing practice and optimizing their quality of care for patients.

All four organizations have been designated by RNAO as Best Practice Spotlight Organizations (BPSOs), signing a formal and rigorous agreement to implement multiple Best Practice Guidelines (BPGs), and systematically evaluate their impact on patients, as well as organizational and system outcomes.

The Chilean and Colombian organizations have chosen the guidelines they feel will best benefit their patients, including those focused on treating pressure ulcers, establishing therapeutic relationships, providing end-of-life care, preventing falls in older people, assessing and managing pain and developing and sustaining nursing leadership.

Nurses from these four organizations will receive training first hand from RNAO’s Chief Executive Officer, Doris Grinspun, over a three-day period. Grinspun will provide an overview of RNAO and the internationally-acclaimed BPG program, concentrating mainly on the step-by-step process of how to implement, ensure sustainability, and measure outcomes of BPGs.

By choosing to implement these guidelines, UdeChile, CLC, FCI-IC and FOSCAL are signaling their strong support of nurses and the patients they care for, says Grinspun, who is founder of the BPG program and a native of Chile. “RNAO’s evidence-based tools will advance the delivery of patient safety and high-quality care in these organizations,” she says, adding that she is extremely proud of the international partnerships that have been nurtured.

“We are thrilled to join this international movement,” says Maria Elena Rojas, director of nursing at CLC, who, alongside Juan Vielmas – the director of the school of nursing at the Facultad de Medicina of the UdeChile – co-ordinated the Chilean initiative. “We are also delighted to have Colombian nurse leaders join us at the RNAO BPSO launch and training,” says Vielmas.

RNAO’s Best Practice Guidelines Program is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and was launched in 1999 to provide the best available evidence for patient care across a wide range of health-care settings. The guidelines developed to date are contributing towards excellence in Ontario’s health-care system. The 47 BPGs are available to nurses and other health-care professionals across Canada and abroad.

The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) 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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