Nurses meet with local politicians to discuss health care

Location
Toronto
Date
Nov. 4, 2022

Nurses are preparing to engage with local members of provincial parliament (MPP) on Nov. 8 to discuss key health system issues affecting nurses’ day-to-day practice and the wellbeing of people across Ontario. This meeting is part of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario’s (RNAO) annual Queen’s Park on the Road (QPOR).

Through this province-wide initiative, nurses encourage local politicians to better understand – and to act on – the registered nurse (RN) understaffing problem and the opioid overdose crisis affecting our health system. MPPs will learn about the effect of these issues on our communities and the action needed to address them.

“Emergency rooms are closing or experiencing excessive wait times because of a nursing human resource crisis. At the same time, eight people per day are dying due to an accidental drug overdose in Ontario. Action must be taken by the government to stop nurses from leaving the profession and to make sure we don’t continue to lose more loved ones to overdose,” says Janet Hunt, Middlesex Elgin Chapter president. “Queen’s Park on the Road gives our political leaders an opportunity to hear firsthand from RNs and NPs about these issues and learn how we can work together to make change that will benefit nurses, patients and all Ontarians.”

What: 
Queen’s Park on the Road – Empowerment through politics
One-on-one discussions between nurses and politicians

When: 
Nov. 8, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. ET

Who: 

  • Peggy Sattler, MPP for London West
  • Terence Kernaghan, MPP for London North Centre
  • Teresa Armstrong, MPP for London-Fanshawe
  • Nurses from London and surrounding regions

Where: 
Anderson Brewing Company (1030 Elias St. in London, Ont.)
Please
register online.

The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (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 system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public we serve. For more information about RNAO, visit RNAO.ca or follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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For more information, please contact:

Contact info

Victoria Alarcon
Communications Officer/Writer
Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO)
Janet Hunt
Chapter President
Middlesex-Elgin Chapter