TORONTO, Jan. 31, 2012 /CNW/ - Representatives from Ontario's top
professional nursing organization are in Spain to celebrate the launch
of eight Best Practice Spotlight Organizations (BPSO) that are
committed to implementing clinical best practices of the Registered
Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO).
During their week-long visit (Feb 1-7), Doris Grinspun, RNAO's executive
director and Irmajean Bajnok, director of the association's best
practice guidelines (BPG) program will train nurses on how to implement
its BPGs and how to pass that knowledge on to other nurses and
health-care professionals. This program will continue with the
monitoring and support of the Nursing and Healthcare Research Unit and
Spanish Collaborating Centre of the Joanna Briggs Institute.
The visit will also highlight the central role nursing plays in the
health and well-being of patients, and how clinical BPGs improve
patient outcomes and make health-care systems more effective and
RNAO's clinical BPG program began in 1999 and was expanded in 2003 to
include healthy work environment BPGs. To date, 44 guidelines have been
developed, including some focused on health promotion such as
breastfeeding and reducing falls in older persons and on disease
prevention such as smoking cessation. There are guidelines that cover
the treatment of pressure ulcers and ones geared to chronic disease
management for diabetes and pain.
The Spanish project arises from the signed agreement between RNAO and
the Nursing and Healthcare Research Unit (Investén-isciii) of the
Institute of Health Carlos III. The partnership started with the
translation of RNAO's BPGs into Spanish. The initiative means up to
half a billion people who live in Spanish-speaking countries can access
RNAO's best practices.
"The substantive and positive results of these guidelines on clinical
and health outcomes of patients speak for themselves and that's why the
Ontario government and Health Canada support this program," says
Grinspun, adding that governments and health-care organizations all
over the world, including China, Japan, Australia, South Africa, Chile,
Colombia, Italy, Dubai and Spain are working with RNAO to implement the
association's best practices.
Grinspun, a native of Chile and fluent in Spanish, and Teresa Moreno
Casbas, director of Nursing and Healthcare Research Unit
(Investén-isciii), are thrilled with the partnership. The Nursing and
Healthcare Research Unit of the Institute of Health Carlos III, as part
of the Ministry of the Economy and Finance, has overseen the
translation of the BPGs into Spanish. "This partnership will enrich the
nursing profession and hugely benefit patients," says Grinspun. Moreno
Casbas says "the nurses will have access to evidence resources that
support their practice and optimize patient outcomes."
The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional
association representing registered nurses in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO
has advocated for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing
practice, increased nurses' contribution to shaping the health-care
system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they
RNAO's ambitious Best Practice Guidelines Program in Canada is funded by
the Ontario government's Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. It was
launched in 1999, under Grinspun's leadership, to provide the best
available evidence for patient care across a wide spectrum of
health-care areas. The 44 guidelines developed to date represent the
excellence that is shaping and improving Ontario's health-care system.
The BPGs are available free of charge to nurses, other health-care
professionals and organizations across Canada and abroad.
To learn more about RNAO's Nursing Best Practice Guidelines Program,
please visit www.rnao.org/bestpractices.
For more information about RNAO, visit our website at www.rnao.org. You can also check out our Facebook page at www.rnao.org/facebook and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rnao.
SOURCE Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario
For further information:
To arrange an interview with Doris Grinspun or Irmajean Bajnok, please contact:
Director of Communications
Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO)
158 Pearl Street
To arrange an interview with Teresa Moreno Casbas, please contact:
Teresa Moreno Casbas
Director of Nursing and Healthcare Research Unit (Investén-isciii)
Institute of Health Carlos III
Dirección: Avda. Monforte de Lemos, 5. Pabellón 6. 28029 Madrid, España