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Research

RESEARCH FOR AND ABOUT RPNS

As evidence informs practice, it is important to participate, support and review research that impacts the Registered Practical Nurse (RPN).

IT'S ALL ABOUT SYNERGIES

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 aweeres@rpnao.org

 

 


 TWO HEADS ARE BETTER THAN ONE: BETTER DECISIONS FOR BETTER PATIENT CARE 

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:

  • The link between individual attributes of team members and team performance
  • The characteristics of successful high functioning nurse teams
  • How team members work together seamlessly

Visit the NHSRU website to read a summary and view the report. 
 


ANNUAL LITERATURE REVIEW

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.

RPNAO 2013 Literature Review



 

RETAINING RPNS: IMPACT ON QUALITY CARE 2012

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.
 

 Retaining RPNs: Impact on Quality Care- Final Report (November 19, 2012)



 

RETENTION AND RECRUITMENT SURVEY 2010

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.

Recruitment and Retention Research



REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP)

STRATEGIES AND INITIATIVES FOR IMPLEMENTING AND EVALUATING ROLE CLARITY RESOURCES

Background
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.

Request for Proposals - pdf version

Request for Proposals - doc version

 


For more information on current research projects please contact Dianne Martin, RPN, RN, BScN, MA