Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action


  • Monday, March 13, 2017 - 14:39

    Dear Mr. Sapers,

    I regret that I have to introduce myself and apologize at the same time.  My name is Lynn Anne Mulrooney and I work as senior policy analyst for the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO). My apology is for this delayed email as I accidently saved it to my drafts folder instead of sending it to you weeks ago.

    After following your work in the federal correctional system, we were so delighted to hear of your appointment as the Independent Advisor on Corrections for Ontario.

  • Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 16:11

    Dear Anne,

    Thank you for the opportunity to provide feedback on proposed changes to regulations and bylaws to enable nurse practitioners (NP) to prescribe controlled substances in Ontario.

    Due to evidence that NPs working to their full scope of practice, including prescribing controlled substances, creates increased access to safe, high-quality health services, the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) continues to view this as a priority.

  • Friday, February 3, 2017 - 12:17

    Dear John,

  • Monday, January 30, 2017 - 01:00

    Dear Anne,

    Thanks for the excellent meeting at the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario's (RNAO) home office on Jan. 25, 2017. Amongst the items we discussed was RNs' ability to initiate psychotherapy. As we have expressed on several occasion in the past, RNAO is requesting the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) reconsider its approach to the initiation of psychotherapy.

  • Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 01:00

    Dear Minister Flynn,

    The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) welcomes the Dec. 15, 2016 announcement that Ontario will hire 239 additional staff to increase supports for inmates, "particularly those with significant challenges related to long-term segregation." The hiring of an additional 22 nurses and 22 mental health nurses is a step in the right direction. The reality, however, is that chronic and severe nursing understaffing across the provincial correctional system must be addressed in an urgent and systematic way.

  • Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 01:00

    Dear Minister Hoskins,

    I am writing you about a campaign that RNAO endorses and for which we would like your support.

    As a physician who has worked with refugees you have witnessed firsthand the horrible impact when people cannot get access to the health care they need. As a humanitarian committed to health equity, your work demonstrates a commitment to ensuring that all people receive the services they need to be healthy and well.

  • Monday, December 5, 2016 - 01:00

    Dear Minister Duclos,

    We are writing on behalf of our respective organizations about how Service Canada could improve access to Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPP-D) benefits by adopting a more consistent and inter-professional approach which allows registered nurses (RN) and nurse practitioners (NP) to complete CPP-D medical reports without restrictions.

  • Friday, December 2, 2016 - 01:00

    Dear Minister Hoskins,

    The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) recently had the privilege of meeting with the Hon. David Orazietti, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, about ways to improve health outcomes and improve human rights within correctional facilities. Minister Orazietti suggested we speak to you about these ideas to address the severe health inequities affecting some of Ontario's most marginalized people.

  • Friday, November 25, 2016 - 11:08

    Dear Sean:

    RNAO is the professional association representing registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nursing students in Ontario. We appreciate the opportunity to provide feedback on regulation proposal 16-HLTC011 pertaining to the Quality of Care Information Protection Act, 2016 (QCIPA)

  • Friday, November 11, 2016 - 01:00

    Dear John,

    Thank you for meeting with representatives of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) on October 27 2016. We appreciated your receptivity as we discussed our concerns with the College of Nurses of Ontario’s requirement for registered nurses (RN) to obtain an order to initiate psychotherapy once it is proclaimed a controlled act.

    Requiring an RN to obtain an order to initiate psychotherapy will only create another barrier to accessing to mental health services and hinder interprofessional collaboration due to blurred accountabilities. RNAO firmly believes if an RN has the competencies, knowledge and skills, to perform psychotherapy as part of his or her practice, that same RN is competent to initiate psychotherapy or refer the individual for more appropriate treatment and/or to another health provider.