Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Queen’s Park Day is open to all members: Circle Feb. 25 in your calendar

Members of RNAO’s assembly have long appreciated the opportunity to take part in the association’s Queen's Park Day. In February, all members will have a chance to join as well since the Feb. 25 event will be taking place virtually. The event, which will take place from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will feature remarks by Premier Ford, Minister of Health Christine Elliott, opposition and NDP leader Andrea Horwath, Liberal Party leader Steven Del Duca, and Green Party leader Mike Schreiner.

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Protect Ontario’s nursing home residents

The call for a minimum of four worked hours of direct nursing and personal support services each day for each resident of Ontario’s nursing homes is getting louder. And, the government is listening. We can’t stop now - sign our Action Alert.

National standards for long-term care are needed now

COVID-19 swept through long-term care (LTC) homes early, taking the lives of over 5,000 residents across Canada by late May and devastating thousands of family members and loved ones. It continues to break out in LTC homes in many jurisdictions across this country causing preventable deaths and deep grief.
These 5,000-plus deaths represented over 80 per cent of all COVID-19-related deaths in Canada. 

Premier Ford and Minister Elliott must STOP further action on CNO council decision to expand RPN scope and refer to the HPRAC

The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) made a stunning decision approving a regulation change for the Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) scope of practice at its CNO Council meeting on September 17, 2020 that will seriously jeopardize the safety of the public and render the Registered Nurse (RN) and Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) scope of practice identical.

There is no recovery from COVID-19 without A Just Recovery for All

In a letter sent on August 27, to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, cabinet ministers and federal party leaders, RNAO called for urgent action to tackle long-standing, profound inequities exacerbated by COVID-19. These inequities are now embodied in “A Just Recovery for All” -  the global social movement RNAO has embraced. 

We cannot wait - hire more LTC staff now.

We urge the Minister of Long-Term Care, Merrilee Fullerton, to immediately direct nursing homes to hire personal support workers, registered nurses, registered practical nurses and nurse practitioners ahead of the second wave of COVID-19, which will coincide with the coming Influenza season. 

A Recovery for All Includes Housing for All

With devastating cruelty, COVID-19 has exposed gaping faults in the society and economy we have created for ourselves. Among those faults is homelessness. As Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, puts it: “Housing has become the frontline defense against the coronavirus. Home has rarely been more of a life or death situation.”

End the opioid overdose crisis in 2020

On Feb. 20, RNAO nursing leaders – 130 RNs, NPs and nursing students – were at Queen’s Park to talk to the premier, government ministers and MPPs on both sides of the legislature about the 4,500 lives lost in Ontario to opioid overdose between January 2016 and June 2019. It’s an escalating public health crisis. In 2016, on average, two lives were lost per day. In 2017, three. In 2018, four. In 2019, the number rose to five. We implored the province’s elected representatives to do what needs to be done to end this crisis in 2020.

Prioritize mandatory naloxone training for police

Opioid overdose is an acute and escalating public health crisis in Ontario. Ontario needs all first responders carrying and trained in the use of Naloxone, including police. Urge government House Leader, Paul Calandra, to prioritize passage of Bill 105, the Mandatory Police Training Act, 2019.

Remove environmental legislation from the “red tape” Bill

Environmental protections are not “red tape”.  Please urge the government to remove proposed amendments to more than a dozen pieces of environmental legislation from its “red tape” omnibus bill. 

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