Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Publications & Resources

March/April 2009

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Turning advocacy into action

For more than 10 years, RNs have been pushing politicians to implement policies that improve health and health care in Ontario.

When 24-year-old Sarah Reaburn sees a problem, she doesn’t just talk about what’s wrong. She goes out and tries to change it. Last year, when she and Ryerson University classmate Danica Rush discovered their mutual concern that fellow students didn’t know enough about threats to Canada’s universally accessible, publicly funded health-care system, the two nursing students went ahead and co-founded Canadian Students for Medicare. And when Reaburn noticed her classes included plenty of theory about topics like poverty, but didn’t pay enough attention to what health professionals could actually do to make life better for low-income people, she decided to focus her third-year political action project on bringing together nursing, midwifery, social work and nutrition students to create a series of workshops on poverty, housing, immigration issues and food security.