Fall 2023

RNAO calls on HOOPP to get rid of fossil fuel holdings

In September, RNAO sent a letter to the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP), which represents nurses and other workers in the hospital and community  

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RNs granted new prescribing powers by Ontario government

On November 6, Health Minister Sylvia Jones announced that RNs will soon be able to independently prescribe certain medications, including medications

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Leadership change for International Affairs and Best Practice Guidelines (IABPG) Centre

After 22 years of dedicated service, Heather McConnell, who first served as associate director (2007) and then director (2020) for RNAO’s IABPG Centre, retired in Dece

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NPs in Ottawa waiting on for approval to open clinic

RNAO NP members Hoda Mankal and Joanna Binch are ready to bring mental health and addiction care, as well as primary care, to Ottawa’s most vulnerable.

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RNAO CEO receives honorary doctorate from Chile’s University of Valparaíso

RNAO CEO Dr. Doris Grinspun received an honorary doctorate from Chile’s University of Valparaíso in a ceremony held on Oct. 13, 2023.

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Letter to the editor

In a letter to the editor, Sudbury RN Maria Casas, who is policy and political action executive network officer for the local chapter, writes about the dangers of moving towards for-profit health care (

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RNAO marks Remembrance Day

On Nov. 11, RNAO President Dr. Claudette Holloway marked Remembrance Day at a service at East York Civic Centre Memorial Gardens, laying a wreath on behalf of the association and its 51,650 members.

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Local hospital recruiting nurses

Collingwood General and Marine Hospital held a career information night on Nov. 9 to encourage high school students to consider a career in health care.

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RN helps future physicians by acting as patient

RNAO member and RN Patrick Bélec has been volunteering as a standardized patient at Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) University since 2021.

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Arbitrator’s ruling grants hospital nurses pay increase

On July 20, arbitrator William Kaplan ruled that Ontario’s hospital nurses will receive a wage increase of approximately 11 per cent, on average, over the next two years.

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The high cost of the nursing shortage*

Staffing shortfalls across the health system mean hospitals are relying more and more on private agencies to help fill the gap. Markham Stouffville Hospital emergency department RN Basil Byfield knows firsthand that it’s been tough to retain staff.