Work your way through these photos and hints (click the arrow on the right to advance forward) to reveal the identities of four nursing leaders who have propelled the profession to new heights, and played a role in the evolution of RNAO's BPG and BPSO programs.
After a full year without anyone in this government role (her predecessor held the title from 2018-2021), she assumed the position in August 2022, after it was upgraded at the insistence of RNAO to an assistant deputy minister level. With these invigorated powers, the role is much broader and holds a substantive portfolio in the public service.
In her public service role, she was involved in announcements about the expansion of nursing seats in Ontario’s post-secondary institutions, for which RNAO and the Council of Universities advocated. She was also involved in the November 2023 announcement about RN prescribing, supporting RNAO’s long-standing advocacy. In an address to our assembly of leaders during the February 2023 RNAO Queens Park Day, she said RN prescribing would happen “…if I have anything to do with it.”
A past president of RNAO, the Canadian Nurses Association (2010-2012) and the International Council of Nurses (2013-2017), this RNAO Honourary Life Member (2004) worked hand-in-hand with RNAO’s CEO Dr. Doris Grinspun to advance RNAO’s BPG program. She was the inaugural chair of RNAO’s NQuIRE® International Advisory Council (IAC) from 2013 to 2017 (read more about IAC and NQuiRE).
During her tenure as director (the first) of RNAO’s Nursing Best Practice Guidelines Program (1998-2007) (now IABPG), she created and launched some of the events that are still running today, including the annual BPSO symposium, which just celebrated its 18th year in 2023 (read more about the symposium).
Dr. Tazim Virani brought together an impressive roster of expert panelists to inform 17 BPGs for publication during her tenure (there are now 53 BPGs), and enlisted thousands of champions to use the association’s first “toolkit” to implement them (read more about champions). She is now in a leadership role at SE Health (formerly known as Saint Elizabeth), one of the founding BPSOs.
This high-profile nursing leader, who completed her nursing degree at McMaster University and PhD at the University of Toronto, was once a manager for RNAO’s Centre for Professional Nursing Excellence (now IABPG) (2007-2012). In this role, she facilitated education programs for nurses, including Methadone Maintenance and Treatment BPG champions workshops.
Prior to assuming her position at the federal government’s decision-making table in August 2022, she was director of clinical services for Inner City Health Associates (2019-2021), a program for people experiencing homelessness in Toronto during the pandemic. In this role, she drew on personal experience as motivation to help the city’s most vulnerable.