Mental health

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Sudbury’s only sanctioned supervised consumption site (SCS) – formally called Minoogawbi, La Place, The Spot and informally known as The Spot – was forced to close its doors at the end of March. The city terminated its funding of the site at the end of December 2023, suggesting the province step in.

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RN Jorge Santos has the unique experience of getting to work alongside one of his former patients at Toronto’s Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Santos’ colleague is Emily Chan, a social worker who, until the age of six, underwent physical rehab at the hospital.

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NP Beth Hayhoe has been volunteering with Toronto’s Yonge Street Mission for nearly 30 years. The organization recently spent $3 million to expand its health and dental centre for youth in the city’s downtown neighbourhood.

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by: Victoria Alarcon
For Lori Zozzolotto, racism has been an obstacle throughout her nursing career. While in school to earn her RPN designation in 2007, she had the opportunity to apply for a clinical placement in an emergency department. Competition for the position was tough, and when she went to her instructor for advice, she was discouraged. “(...
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by: Madison Scaini
Imagine you’ve applied to work at a long-term care (LTC) home and have been invited for an in-person interview. You enter the home – excited and nervous. As you enter the building, you see a big sign: Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO). Do you smile knowing what this means and feel confident? Or do you become more nervo...
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by: Anne Wojtak, Austin White, Jhanvi Kothary, Kimberley Kearsey, Nena Pendevska, Thaaniya Theivendiran
RNAO’s 18th annual Best Practice Spotlight Organization® (BPSO®) Symposium in September 2023 saw more than 235 representatives from local, national and international BPSOs gather in Toronto for three days of knowledge sharing and networking. Whether providing in-person or virtual concurrent sessions, or chatting with colleagues ...
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by: Tanya Smith
In March 2020, when the pandemic shut the world down, I had just completed orientation for the first clinical placement of my first year of nursing school. I never got to work at the long-term care home I selected, and I was forced to finish the term from my home computer. Over the next two years, the pandemic would continue to ...
RN Profile
by: Victoria Alarcon

Rosanra (Rosie) Yoon’s earliest childhood memories harken back to her days accompanying her mother on the streetcar for monthly visits to Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital. From the age of four to eight, she was scared and nervous on these outings, but as soon as she saw her mother’s nurse, she felt safe. 

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by: Christina Hughes, RN, BScN, Kathy Moreland, RN, MScN, Kimberley Kearsey, Louise Lemieux White, RN, BScN, IBCLC, Mathew McGuigan, RN, BScN
NP and RNAO member Joanna Binch is tenacious and undeterred by barriers that others may find daunting. For more than a decade, she has laid the groundwork to not only help, but also respect and honour her clients in an area of Ottawa that has more rooming houses than any other part of the city....
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by: Victoria Alarcon
Since she was six-years old, Wendy McNeil always knew she wanted to be a nurse to care and advocate for patients and ensure they receive the best care possible. However, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, she says working as a nurse has become impossible. “It just felt like there...