Overview: Part Two: Leadership in Action, Influencing Change course is designed to provide learners with education and tools to support an understanding of the role of nurses in influencing health care transformation.

Registration information:  Part Two: Leadership in Practice, Influencing Change, registeration is now open and will run from November12th 2018 to January 14th 2019  . Please email ntomlin@rpnao.org or call us at (905) 602-4664 or toll free 1-877-602-4664 Extension 251 for additional information about Part Two: Leadership in Practice, Influencing Change.

Program Length and Delivery: The program is an eight week eLearning course. 

Prerequisites: Participants must have access to a computer and basic computer skills to participate in the electronic class discussions and completed the course Part One of Leadership- An Introduction.

Course Description:
This course provides nurses with an understanding of how they can influence the decisions and policies that are most important to them and the people they care for. Nurses who understand policy development are well equipped to influence decision-making about professional practice issues in their workplaces and to contribute to the development of health and nursing policy. The course offers a critical examination of how decisions about health and nursing policies are made at different levels, from the point of care to the federal and provincial governments, as well as an overview of the important policy issues and strategies impacting Ontario’s health care system. Special attention will be given to how nurses work with their nursing colleagues and other stakeholders to utilize their knowledge and expertise to influence policy development both in their workplaces and on committees advising managers and/or government representatives.

Introduction to the Course and How health Care Decisions are Made
  • How are health care decisions made?
  • What is policy?
  • The Policy Cycle
  • How are policies made (from the unit/departmental level to the national level)?
2National and ProvincialBroad picture of Canada’s health care system
  • Federal and provincial perspectives
3National and ProvincialHealth care reform: how it impacts nurses and patient care 
  • What nurses should know about health care reform
4National and ProvincialInfluencing health care decisions at the national and provincial levels
  • Ideas and health policy
  • Shaping health care decisions: the role of professional associations and other interest groups
5ProvincialInfluencing health care policy 
  • The nursing profession in policy and health care decisions
6Provincial and OrganizationalFunding, allocation & delivery of health care 
  • Priority setting and allocation of scarce resources: how allocation decisions impact nurses
7OrganizationalInfluencing policies at your workplace: a key role for the nursing profession 
  • Nursing leadership
  • Decision Ladder: should nurses have input to all health care decisions?
8OrganizationalImpacts of the nursing profession on health care decisions
  • Impacts of the nursing profession on health care decisions
  • All students must submit their final assignment this week


Facilitation: This course will be facilitated by Dianne Martin, RN BScN MA and Searle Schonewille, BA, MA. Dianne is the Executive Director of RPNAO and Searle is the Director of Policy Development and Government Relations.

Dianne graduated as an RPN in 1979 and as a diploma RN in 1998. Dianne is dually registered. She completed a BScN at York University in 2007 and an MA in Health Leadership at Royal Roads University in 2010. Dianne has worked at several Ontario hospitals, predominantly in the field of Perinatal Care, and as a Senior Policy Analyst in the Nursing Secretariat.

Searle has a BA from McMaster University and an MA from Carleton University. He has worked in the fields of international health development and health policy in Ottawa, Toronto, and South Africa.

Course Cost:

  1. RPNAO Members $275.00 + HST = $310.75
  2. Non-Members $357.50 + HST = $403.98

 Registration Link

This course is l imited to 25 participants; registration is available on a first come first serve basis, however a waitlist will be available with notification provided to interested registrants.

To register please contact ntomlin@rpnao.org for assistance.