Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


MEDIA ADVISORY: Ontario Health Minister to attend event promoting Nursing Excellence


TORONTO, March 27, 2006 – The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) will soon announce 12 innovative three-year partnerships with provincial health-care organizations. These organizations were chosen to implement and evaluate RNAO’s nursing best practice guidelines (BPGs).

RNAO’s BPGs are clinical and educational resources (available online and in print) that provide nurses and other health-care providers with specific strategies to offer the best possible level of patient care.

Representatives from these “spotlight” organizations – staff nurses, advanced practice nurses, chief nursing officers and CEOs – will meet in Toronto for an opening celebration and professional retreat on Thursday, March 30. Ontario Health and Long-Term Care Minister, George Smitherman, will also attend the event at noon that day.

These dynamic three-year partnerships are funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), with matching funds provided by the spotlight organizations. Best practice guidelines not only provide nurses with current, comprehensive strategies based on the latest evidence in specific clinical areas, but also give patients and the public an understanding of the quality of care they should expect to receive.

To date, RNAO’s Nursing Best Guidelines Program, led by RNAO and funded by MOHLTC, has completed 29 guidelines focusing on elder care, home health care, mental health care, emergency care and primary health care as well as an implementation tool kit to help nurses and organizations use the guidelines. And development of new guidelines is still in progress.


  • Minister of Health and Long-Term Care George Smitherman
  • RNAO executive director Doris Grinspun, RN, MSN, PhD (cand.)
  • NBPG program director Tazim Virani, RN, MscN, PhD (cand.)
  • Key representatives from the 12 new spotlight organizations


  • Opening Spotlight Organization launch and professional retreat


  • 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thursday, March 30, 2006
  • Health Minister George Smitherman will bring greetings at 12:30 p.m.


  • Westin Prince Hotel, Ballroom, 900 York Mills Road Toronto, Ontario M3B 3H2

The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses wherever they practise in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has lobbied 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.

To learn more about RNAO’s Nursing Best Guidelines Program or to view this resource, please visit: