Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


RNAO partners with 16 health-care organizations to improve patient care and safety

TORONTO, April 1, 2009 – The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) will announce three-year partnerships with 16 health-care organizations committed to implementing its internationally-recognized nursing best practices. Representatives from the organizations – staff nurses, advanced practice nurses, chief nursing officers and CEOs – will meet in Toronto for the Spotlight Organization Symposium at the Delta Chelsea Hotel on April 2 and 3.

During their dynamic, long-term partnerships with RNAO, each organization will implement a series of guidelines which provide nurses with the latest research evidence in patient care.

“The aim of this initiative is to create working environments where the most current evidence is used in day-to-day practice by all nurses. Spotlight organizations support nurses to enhance their practice based on the best knowledge so they can provide the highest quality of care to their clients. Such organizations are better equipped to achieve positive health outcomes for patients, retain a qualified nursing workforce and successfully recruit additional staff as required,” explains Irmajean Bajnok, Director of International Affairs and Best Practice Guidelines Programs at RNAO.

This initiative is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, with matching funds provided by each organization. To date, nine health-care organizations have completed three-year partnerships with RNAO and 12 more will finish their terms at the end of this month.

The sixteen new spotlights are:

  • Arnprior and District Memorial Hospital, Arnprior
  • Bloorview Kids Rehab, Toronto 
  • CanCare Health Services Inc., Toronto 
  • CarePartners, Waterloo 
  • Fairview Mennonite Homes, Cambridge 
  • Grand River Hospital, Kitchener 
  • Guelph General Hospital, Guelph
  • Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network (LHIN)
  • Hôpital Montfort Hospital, Ottawa
  • Toronto Public Health, Toronto 
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit, Thunder Bay 
  • Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, Thunder Bay
  • Trent Fleming School of Nursing (in partnership with Fairhaven Municipal Long Term Care Facility & St. Joseph’s at Fleming Long Term Care Facility), Peterborough
  • Sandwich Community Health Centre Inc., Windsor 
  • St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto 
  • York Central Hospital, Richmond Hill
The Spotlight Organization Symposium is an opportunity for the organizations to network, learn from mentors and discuss their plans for implementing nursing best practices.


  • Vanessa Burkoski, Chief Nursing Officer, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
  • Doris Grinspun, Executive Director, Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario
  • Irmajean Bajnok, Director, International Affairs and Best Practice Guidelines Programs (RNAO)
  • More than 130 representatives from spotlight organizations


  • Spotlight Organization Symposium


  • Thursday, April 2, 2009, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    *Vanessa Burkoski, Chief Nursing Officer, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long- Term Care, will bring greetings at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 2.

  • Friday, April 3, 2009,  8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m


  • Delta Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard Street West, Churchill Ballroom, Toronto.

RNAO’s ambitious Best Practice Guidelines Program, funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, was launched in 1999 to provide the best available evidence for patient care across a wide spectrum of health-care areas. The 39 guidelines developed to date are a substantive contribution towards building excellence in Ontario’s health-care system. They are available to nurses and other health care professionals across Canada and abroad. To learn more about RNAO’s Nursing Best Guidelines Program or to view these resources, please visit

The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario is the professional association representing registered nurses 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.

Please contact:
Marion Zych, Director of Communications
Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario
Office: 416-408-5605