Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


RNAO and ONA hold joint media conference


TORONTO, May 2, 2018 – Just days before a highly anticipated election call, members of the province’s two largest nursing organizations are coming together to draw the public’s attention to a critical issue facing Ontarians.

Representatives of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) and the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) will hold a media conference at Queen's Park on May 7 - the first day of Nursing Week - to talk about current RN staffing practices in hospitals.

Representatives of the two organizations say patients are not being well served and the political parties that hope to form the next government must adopt policies that put patients first and ensure safe and health quality outcomes. They also say health care must be a central issue in the upcoming campaign given the province’s growing population and the high acuity levels of patients in hospital today.

• Angela Cooper Brathwaite, President of RNAO (moderator)
• Doris Grinspun, CEO of RNAO
• Vicki McKenna, President of ONA

• Media conference to address what’s ailing the province’s health system

• Queen's Park Media Studio, Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Queen's Park, 111 Wellesley Street West, Toronto

• Monday, May 7, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.

RNAO is the professional association representing registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and nursing students 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. For more information about RNAO, visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

ONA is the union representing 65,000 registered nurses and health-care professionals, as well as more than 16,000 nursing student affiliates, providing care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community, clinics and industry. Visit ONA at:;;


Marion Zych, Director of Communications, RNAO
Cell: 647-406-5605 / Office: 416-408-5605
Toll free: 1-800-268-7199 ext. 209

Sheree Bond
Media Relations Officer
Ontario Nurses’ Association
Cell: 416-986-8240 / Phone: 416-964-8833 ext. 2430