As evidence informs practice, it is important to participate, support and review research that impacts the Registered Practical Nurse (RPN).
Understanding the Role of the Registered Practical Nurse in Ontario's Health Care System
The purpose of this project was to invite Ontario's nurses, nurse leaders, nursing faculty and other health care experts to share their knowledge and insights regarding the critical factors that support or hinder the appropriate utilization of RPNs and their ability to optimize their scope of practice as a member of intra and inter professional health care teams.
For a copy of the report please contact Annette Weeres firstname.lastname@example.org
NHSRU has just published their latest report, High Functioning Nurse Teams: Collaborative Decisions for Quality Patient Care. The project aims to describe and assess how RNs, RPNs and their clinical managers perceive high functioning nursing teams.
The report explores:
Visit the NHSRU website to read a summary and view the report.
RPNAO undertakes an annual review of scientific and academic literature to examine the methods, variables, and major research findings that include or specifically examine the RPN or similar role outside of Ontario and Canada.
There is an extensive body of literature on the factors associatewd with retention among nurses, although very little research focuses specifically on RPNs. RPNs were interviewed about their work experiences and asked to identify key factors affecting their ability to provide high-quality care. This report provides a summary of what was revealed through the focus groups.
RPNAO identified ongoing challenges related to the limited amount of the Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) related research and the interpretation of available nursing research that supports sustainable decision making process specific to RPN. This limited knowledge continues to results in the role (utilization) of the RPN to remain largely misunderstood by peers, health care administrators and the public.
STRATEGIES AND INITIATIVES FOR IMPLEMENTING AND EVALUATING ROLE CLARITY RESOURCES
In 2012-13, the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (RPNAO) undertook a province-wide project to explore issues relating to the role of the RPN in Ontario’s health care system. In June, 2014, the final report of the initiative, ‘It’s All About Synergies: Understanding the Role of the Registered Practical Nurse in Ontario’s health care system’ was widely distributed. The report, which contains key learnings and practical strategies for enhancing RPN role clarity and nursing team collaboration, is available on the RPNAO website at www.rpnao.org.
For more information on current research projects please contact Dianne Martin, RPN, RN, BScN, MA