Registered Practical Nurses Applaud Ontario NDP Commitment to Bolster Hospital Funding

The Registered Practical Nurses Association (RPNAO) welcomes today's NDP platform commitments to return Ontario's hospitals to sustainable levels of funding and to institute a moratorium on layoffs for front-line health care workers. RPNs are knowledge-based health professionals that are an integral part of patient care teams. Every day they strive to deliver the care their patients deserve. (Click here to read our full news release…)

Registered Practical Nurses encouraged by increased focus on seniors, health care in 2018 Ontario Budget

The 2018 Ontario Budget places a significant and very welcome focus on health care, promising major investments in home and community care, long-term care, mental health, hospitals and more. Particularly encouraging is the government's increased investment in the province's growing seniors population, including free prescriptions for those 65 and over, the addition of 2.8 million personal support worker (PSW) hours, 284,000 more nursing visits and the addition of 30,000 new long-term care beds over the next 10 years. (Click here to read our full news release…)

Registered Practical Nurses welcome much-needed funding boost to Ontario hospitals

The Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (RPNAO) welcomes a much-needed boost to hospital funding in Ontario. Today's announcement that the Ontario government will provide additional funding of $822 million (a 4.6% increase) to Ontario hospitals in 2018-19 will begin to address the challenges that 19,000 Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) who work in Ontario hospitals face every day. (Click here to read our full news release...)

RPNAO works with government to have nurses included under PTSD legislation

When the Ontario government first introduced its new PTSD legislation in 2016, it did not cover nurses. We felt that omitting nurses from this legislation was a serious mistake. Our association, working in collaboration with other nursing stakeholders, moved quickly to engage with the government in order to advocate for expanding the legislation to include nurses. We are pleased that the government listened to our collective voices, and announced its plan to amend its legislation accordingly. We will be working closely with government in the process of revising this legislation. We thank our members and government representatives who worked with us and our nursing colleagues to ensure that Ontario's point-of-care nurses who suffer from PTSD will have access to the support they need. (Click here to read more...)

RPNAO provides Ontario government with advice on the controlled act of psychotherapy

In September 2017, the Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council (HPRAC), which provides independent policy advice to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care on matters related to the regulation of health professions in Ontario, asked RPNAO and other key stakeholders for advice about regulating the profession of psychotherapy and adding a new controlled act of psychotherapy under the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA), 1991. Specifically, the government sought our advice on how to clarify the meaning of the controlled act of psychotherapy so that it is better understood by the public and health care providers. Our association and other health care stakeholders responded to the government’s request, and in December 2017 the controlled act of psychotherapy was proclaimed. (Click here to read more…) 

Taking action in the provincial legislature at Queen’s Park

This past spring our nurses returned to Queen’s Park in Toronto—the place where the govern-ment passes important health care laws and regulations—to host another luncheon reception for our Members of Provincial Parliament and their staff members. Dr. Eric Hoskins, Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, warmly welcomed our nurses to the legislature. The Minister called Ontario’s RPNs “absolutely outstanding,” thanked them for caring so well for Ontario’s patients, and reiterated his government’s commitment to work with our nurses on the scope-of-practice changes that we recommend in order to help ensure patients receive faster access to the right care. (Click here to read more…)

RPNAO’s political action alerts let Ontario’s RPNs speak with a strong, unified voice

Sometimes it’s necessary for Ontario’s 50,000 Registered Practical Nurses to speak to the government with a strong, unified voice. That’s why we’ve launched a new and improved political action alert system, which enables you and thousands of your nursing colleagues to forward messages directly to the Premier, the Health Minister, the Opposition Health Critics, and other government leaders about urgent issues that concern you and your patients. (Click here to read more...)