RICHMOND HILL, ON, May 6, 2013 /CNW/ - National Nursing Week will be
celebrated this year from May 6 - 12 and will be an opportunity to
recognize the hard work and dedication nurses bring to the job every
As Ontario's healthcare system transitions to deal with an upcoming
silver tsunami where nearly one in four people will be a senior by
2036, the role of nursing care is evolving.
Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) are playing an increasingly important
role in both the hospital and homecare settings. RPNs are regulated
under the Regulated Health Professionals Act in Ontario and must obtain
a two or three year diploma in practical nursing. While there is
significant overlap between the training of a RPN and a Registered
Nurse (RN) RPNs study for a shorter time and therefore have a more
focused foundational knowledge.
RPNs are able to care autonomously for more stable, predictable patient
populations in locations such as day surgery units, minor procedure
clinics and post-partum units while caring for less stable, less
predictable patients in collaboration with other members of the
healthcare team, including RNs.
Employing RPNs to their full scope of practice will allow hospitals to
deal more effectively with the nursing shortage facing Ontario's
healthcare system and will help to keep escalating costs under control.
As the healthcare system continues to change in the face of new and
greater demands, dedicated RPNs will continue to provide a critical
piece of the healthcare puzzle.
SEIU Healthcare is Canada's largest healthcare union, representing more
than 55,000 frontline healthcare workers in hospitals, long-term care
facilities, and homecare agencies in communities throughout Ontario;
9,000 of these members are RPNs.
SOURCE: Service Employees International Union Local 1 Canada
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