Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


Nursing leader to speak about the future of nursing in Kingston


TORONTO – With Ontario’s health system set to undergo significant reform, a top provincial nursing leader will address members of the profession and nursing students this week in Kingston about the impact evidence-based research is having on patients, nurses, and the organizations in which they work.

Delivering a keynote at the annual Nursing Research Conference on March 7 in Kingston, Dr. Doris Grinspun, CEO of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) will share how nurses across the province and the world are using RNAO’s renowned best practice guidelines – evidence-based tools created by its guideline research and development team – to make a difference for patients.

“Since launching in 1999, RNAO’s Best Practice Guidelines (BPG) program has become a top resource for nurses and other health professionals to ensure the best available evidence is being used for patient care across a wide spectrum of health-care areas,” says Grinspun, the founder of the program. “I look forward to sharing the successes of the program and how it has led to clinical excellence and better health outcomes.”

Following the conference, Grinspun will visit Kingston General Hospital, one of 750 Best Practice Spotlight Organizations (BPSO) which are formally committed to implementing multiple BPGs to optimize patient and organizational outcomes. The hospital is implementing five BPGs including Preventing Falls and Reducing Injury from Falls and Assessment and Management of Pain. Grinspun will speak with Kingston staff about their successes and the following day, she will attend a luncheon with nurse executives.

The research conference is presented by RNAO Kingston Chapter, KFL&A Public Health, Kingston Health Sciences Centre, Providence Care, Queen’s University, and St. Lawrence College.


- March 7, 8:40 a.m., St. Lawrence College Conference Centre, Dr. Doris Grinspun’s keynote at the Kingston Nursing Research Conference
- March 7, 2:30 p.m., Burr Wing 1 Conference Room at the Kingston General Hospital, Dr. Doris Grinspun’s presentation on Leading Clinical Practice with Values, Evidence and Courage: Staff Nurses at the Helm!
- March 8, 12 p.m., Aquaterra Restaurant at Delta Hotels by Marriott Kingston Waterfront, Nursing Executive luncheon


- Dr. Doris Grinspun, RNAO CEO, RN, MSN, PhD, LLD (hon), Dr (hc), FAAN, O.ONT
- Nurses and nursing students from the Kingston area

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.


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Victoria Alarcon
Communications Specialist and Coordinator
Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO)