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Posted: March 10th, 2014

MISSISSAUGA, March 10, 2014 – The Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (RPNAO) congratulates Angela Verrier on her appointment as President-Elect of the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO).

Posted: January 13th, 2014

Since November 2013, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has received a number of reports of flu illness among young and middle-aged adults caused by influenza H1N1 which is the dominating strain circulating this flu season. Although the number of flu cases being reported is not unusual, as in other flu seasons, authorities are reporting severe illness resulting in hospitalization, and some deaths due to H1N1.

Posted: January 7th, 2014

In April 2013, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that the provincial government would work with the College of Nurses of Ontario to expand the nursing scope of practice to allow nurses to dispense drugs in specific circumstances for the purpose of improving access to care for people across the province.

Posted: December 11th, 2013

RPNAO is pleased to announce special education funding for RPNs working in Primary Care settings.

Posted: December 5th, 2013

Lambton College is now affiliated with the de Souza Institute to offer the RPN Oncology Graduate Certificate.

Designed for RPNs who aspire to the oncology nursing scope of practice, the affiliation agreement will allow health care professionals to obtain the specialized skills needed to guide and help cancer patients throughout their journey through one of the country’s most credible sources of oncology training.

Courses will be available as early as January 2014. Registration for this program begins December 9 for the winter semester. For more information, please visit

Posted: November 25th, 2013

MISSISSAUGA, Nov. 22, 2013 – Queen’s Park served as the backdrop on November 18 as a group of Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) met and shared ideas with Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) and other government officials to help strengthen Ontario’s health care system.

Posted: November 22nd, 2013

 MTV, a television network based in the United States, is broadcasting a new so-called ‘reality show’ called Scrubbing In, which depicts nurses often acting in unprofessional ways. The show’s portrayal of nursing is largely rooted in the stereotype of the ‘sexy’ nurse, who is engaged in unprofessional conduct both at home and in the workplace...

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Posted: August 19th, 2013

RPNAO is proud to offer a number of Awards of Excellence that are presented at the RPNAO AGM and Conference. The Awards of Excellence celebrate and acknowledge various aspects of RPN innovation and excellence, from employer of choice to recognizing the dedication and knowledge of RPNs as preceptors and exceptional clinicians.

For a complete list of awards, please see below. Full description of awards can be accessed by clicking on the specific award. Complete nominations must be received by September 6, 2013.

Employer Award of Excellence

Award of Excellence and Innovation

Preceptor Award of Excellence

Excellence in the Care of Older Ontarians

Excellence in Journalism Award

Posted: July 17th, 2013

Earlier this year, the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario launched a provincial research and consultation project titled: “It’s All about Synergies: Understanding the Role of the RPN in Ontario’s Health Care System.” We invite you to participate in this innovative project by completing our survey:

For more information please click here.

Posted: May 8th, 2013

Congratulations to the RPNs nominated for the ARAMARK Healthcare National Nursing Week 2013 Nursing Hero Awards:

Karen Brunetta*
Leah Heinisch
Madge Reece
Marion Brisson*
Aida Sulejmanovski
Bibi Jaigobin
Elena Hossu
Jeff Nash