Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


Nurses discuss health system transformation at RNAO’s 94th AGM

More than 700 RNs, NPs and nursing students registered for RNAO’s 94th Annual General Meeting (AGM). The event, which took place in Toronto April 11-13, gave members a chance to reflect on the past year’s achievements in nursing and engage with political and nursing leaders about the key roles RNs and NPs play to improve Ontarians’ health outcomes.

The three-day event featured speeches Thursday evening from Christine Elliott, Ontario’s health minister; France Gélinas, NDP health critic; John Fraser, interim Liberal Party leader and Mike Schreiner, Green Party leader. In her speech, Gélinas spoke about her concern with hospital overcapacity, hospital funding, the shortage of nurses in the province and the merger of public health units from 35 to 10. Fraser and Schreiner both thanked RNAO and its members for their contribution to the community and for being the backbone of our health-care system.

Minister Elliott addressed the commitments the province had made in the 2019 Ontario budget, including $384 million for acute care and the government’s investment to create 15,000 new beds and upgrade 15,000 existing beds in nursing homes. In addition, the province is planning to improve access to mental health and addiction services and housing supports by providing $3.8 billion over 10 years.

To see RNAO’s response to the budget, please read our media release.

During the AGM, members also celebrated RNAO’s first French Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) host. As a BPSO host, Hôpital Montfort will become a go-to source for francophone organizations in Ontario and the rest of Canada, mentoring organizations to implement RNAO’s BPSO program. RNAO also welcomed 19 new long-term care homes as newly designated BPSOs and two international ones in Jamaica and Australia for their work in implementing and evaluating RNAO’s best practice guidelines.

Other AGM highlights included the passing of nine resolutions including a resolution on improving integrated health services and research for persons living with Autism Spectrum Disorder and funding an NP interprofessional collaboration with midwives; RNAO’s annual Recogntion Awards and Media Awards; the results of the One member, one vote; and the closing keynote by Deputy Health Minister Helen Angus on Ontario’s health system restructuring.

To see the video highlights of the AGM, please go here.

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