Do you have questions about role clarity or want to join the discussion about our Synergies report? RPNAO is hosting Role Clarity Workshops! Review the details below for agenda and registration information

What is Role Clarity?

Despite the fact that Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) make up more than a quarter of Ontario's nursing workforce, a newly released report reveals that there is a significant lack of understanding among nurses, nursing leaders and educators in terms of the role of the RPN or how they can be best utilized.

"We knew there were role clarity issues affecting RPNs but even we were shocked by the degree to which this entire category of nurses continues to be misunderstood," said Dianne Martin, Executive Director of the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario, which led the report. "Not only does this confusion translate into stress for the RPNs who are being improperly utilized, but it can contribute to inefficient health care teams and sub-optimal patient outcomes."

The report, titled, It's all about synergies: Understanding the role of the RPN in Ontario's health care system, highlights the rampant confusion about the role of the RPN. For its research, RPNAO surveyed nurses of all categories and sectors from across Ontario. The resulting report serves as a roadmap that nurses, nurse employers and nurse educators can use to improve their understanding of the scope and appropriate engagement of the RPN role in Ontario's health care system.

About the Workshop

 RPNAO is pleased to offer a workshop facilitated by Annette Weeres, Director of Professional Practice and Norma Tomlin, Professional Practice Associate from RPNAO.  A full day session that provides education focused on this research that will assist RPNs and RNs in leadership, decision making and education roles to gain a better understanding of appropriate utilization of the RPN role. As well how to apply the resources developed to support you in achieving role clarity.






Full day session will allow participants to have access to results of the Role Clarity Report; key learnings, overview of the resources, and engage in dialogue with other participants. In addition to the ability to have time to "try on" some of the selected resources included in the Role Clarity report.



0900 – 1500



  1. Overview of the role clarity project and results of the provincial consultation.
  2. An examination of the vital role of leadership in navigating role and scope of practice issues.
  3. Practical strategies – where to get impact!
  4. Opportunities for dialogue.


Practical Application of Resources
Participants will have an opportunity to utilize the resources includes in the Report – determine strategies for application in their own practice setting.


When and Where



Where - at your location


When: Let us know a date that works for you,  0900 - 1500 (lunch & refreshments provided)




For more information or to run a workshop on your site contact: Norma Tomlin 1-877-602-4664 ext 251