Ontario nurses discuss the crisis in the profession during RNAO’s Fall Tour

For the past 22 months, nurses across the province have been working tirelessly and diligently to care for patients and residents amid a relentless pandemic. To make sure their voices are heard, RNAO will be checking in with nurses and nursing students this month through a virtual Fall Tour. RNAO will hear nursing struggles and aspirations from more than 10 Ontario regions and check the pulse on the association’s next steps of escalating demands with government and employers.

Nell J. Watts Lifetime Achievement

I have been humbled and honoured to receive the 2021 Nell J. Watts Lifetime Achievement in Nursing Award from the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing’s board of directors “for demonstrated exemplary achievements in nursing throughout her lifetime.”

November 14 2021 COVID-19 report

Welcome to our Sunday, November 14 report. This week we share: (1) Join us at the rally to repeal Bill 124 on Sunday, November 14 at noon; (2) Ontario nurses discuss the crisis in the profession during RNAO’s Fall Tour, which builds on (3) RNAO’s just released political action bulletin on Ontario’s RN understaffing crisis: Impact and solution; and (4) nurses celebrate National Nurse Practitioner Week and call for scope expansion to improve access for Ontarians. Scroll down for policy updates and action alerts, as well as RNAO’s upcoming webinars.

RNAO’s continuing media profile: The October 2021 report

Throughout the month of October, RNAO continued to speak to the media about the impact COVID-19 is having on nurses and other health-care workers. Specifically, we spoke about the vaccine mandate for long-term care (LTC) workers and the urgent need to extend it to all health-care workers across all health sectors, the Ontario government’s worrisome reopening plan, and our urgent call to repeal Bill 124. Below is a summary of themes and examples of our extensive media exposure in October.