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RPNAO Career Development

RPNAO Courses and Career Development Opportunities:

This section provides a brief description of courses and events offered by RPNAO to help you develop your career. It also includes links for you to register for the various courses and events. 

RPNAO Courses 

RPNAO Leadership Program

Introduction to Leadership
Overview: The Leadership Course has been developed and will be available for RPNs and other healthcare professionals through RPNAO’s online learning system. This course is designed to provide participants with education and tools to support leadership development.
Patient Centred Care
Overview: Critical examination of patient centred care in nursing at the system and individual levels to help increase understanding of patient centred care at the individual RPN level. Personal reflection on the role of nurses in patient centred care are examined, focusing on the individual role of the practical nurse.


Influencing Policy, Influencing Care
Overview: The Nursing Policy course is designed to provide learners with education and tools to support an understanding of the role of nurses in influencing health care transformation.

RPNAO Professional Development Opportunities

Conferences and Workshops

RPNAO’s membership provides nurses with many opportunities to attend quality conferences that support professional development. The annual RPNAO Educator and AGM Conferences are just two examples of great networking and educational forums you should consider scheduling into your calendar.

Nursing Leadership/ Clinical Practice Fellowships (LCPF)

Since November 2005, RPNAO has administered the Leadership/Clinical Practice Fellowship Program. Through this program, RPNs have the opportunity to undertake a fully-funded, mentor-based internship within their workplace. The program is the first of its kind for RPNs and requires successful applicants to develop (with a mentor) a learning plan and budget to address an identified gap within the workplace. The nurse will then dedicate 400 hours (full time) to their fellowship to develop their clinical practice, knowledge and skills in the chosen area of focus. This is an excellent opportunity to develop your nursing career plan and can be the first step in a new direction along your career path.

More details on Fellowships

Fellowship Toolkit
The toolkit was specifically designed to provide tutorials and guidelines to assist with the initial application process and to provides tools to support participants in disseminating information about their projects.
Watch select toolkit presentations directly in your browser, complete with animation and sound. 

Fellowship Toolkit 

How to Prepare an Abstract:
How to Write a Fellowship Proposal:
Poster Presentation - Part 1:
Poster Presentation - Part 2:
Poster Templates

Additional Downloadable Documents:
• [PDF] - RPNAO CPLF FAQs 2010
• Prospective Fellow-Mentor Information
• Milestones For 2011-2012 Fellowship 

Professional Development Supports

Nursing Education Initiative

In March 1999, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care announced the establishment of a nurse training and education fund for RNs and RPNs in response to the Nursing Task Force's earlier recommendations. RPNAO is delighted to be involved with this important initiative.
The NEI fund provides ongoing funding to nurses to increase their knowledge and professional skills to enhance quality of care and services provided within Ontario.
If you are undertaking professional development course(s) and/or program(s), you are eligible for reimbursement of up to $1500.