Nursing policy

The issue

Registered nurses (RN) and nurse practitioners (NP) are an essential part of Ontario’s health-care system. One that should be: accessible, equitable, person-centred and integrated. And yet, the province has the worst RN-to-population ratio in Canada. Chronic underfunding and understaffing across all health sectors and the relentless replacement of RNs and NPs with less qualified health-care workers is challenging the effectiveness of RNs and NPs and the system as a whole. RNAO regularly monitors and responds to issues relating to the nursing workforce, scope of practice, nursing culture and safety, education and regulation with evidence-based recommendations.

What the evidence says
 
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nurse per capita

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Take action

Action Alert
We need you in this fight now, premier!
When we needed a full lockdown, the premier gave us something called a “shutdown.” Instead of the public measures necessary to curb the growth of dangerous COVID variants, we got word play.
Action Alert
An urgent call for more nurse practitioners (NP)
Join our call for more nurse practitioner (NP)-led clinics and attending NPs in long-term care.
Event
Black Nurses Task Force webinars
Join us for our monthly webinar series hosted by our Black Nurses Task Force and engage in meaningful conversations to tackle anti-Black racism and discrimination within the nursing profession.

Social media

Get involved. Use the following hashtags on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to participate in the ongoing dialogue: #NP, #BNTF, #QPD

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Nursing policy documents

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well being survey
Work and wellbeing survey

This report summarizes the response to  RNAO’s Work and Wellbeing Survey. It tells the story of nurses and a nursing workforce under considerable stress and strain as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey reveals that the effective functioning of Ontario’s health system is at risk post-pandemic. The magnitude of potential departures by retirement or by changes in career paths calls for an immediate response from health system employers and government

READ OUR REPORT

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Pre-budget submission 

RNAO's 2021 pre-budget submission focuses on the urgent pandemic-related challenges facing Ontario and, in particular, those most vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19. It addresses: the vaccination rollout; the immediate and longer-term needs of the health system; and, the social and economic measures critical to saving lives during the course of the pandemic and to improving population health thereafter.

LEARN MORE

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QPD Students
Expanding nursing baccalaureate degree programs

RNAO endorses a regulation to allow Ontario colleges of applied arts and technology to offer baccalaureate degree programs in nursing (for RNs).

LEARN MORE

  • Work and wellbeing survey
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    well being survey
    Work and wellbeing survey

    This report summarizes the response to  RNAO’s Work and Wellbeing Survey. It tells the story of nurses and a nursing workforce under considerable stress and strain as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey reveals that the effective functioning of Ontario’s health system is at risk post-pandemic. The magnitude of potential departures by retirement or by changes in career paths calls for an immediate response from health system employers and government

    READ OUR REPORT

  • Pre-budget submission
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    picture of Queens Park
    Pre-budget submission 

    RNAO's 2021 pre-budget submission focuses on the urgent pandemic-related challenges facing Ontario and, in particular, those most vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19. It addresses: the vaccination rollout; the immediate and longer-term needs of the health system; and, the social and economic measures critical to saving lives during the course of the pandemic and to improving population health thereafter.

    LEARN MORE

  • Expanding nursing baccalaureate degree programs
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    QPD Students
    Expanding nursing baccalaureate degree programs

    RNAO endorses a regulation to allow Ontario colleges of applied arts and technology to offer baccalaureate degree programs in nursing (for RNs).

    LEARN MORE