MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Queen's Park served as the
backdrop on November 18 as a group of Registered Practical Nurses
(RPNs) met and shared ideas with Members of Provincial Parliament
(MPPs) and other government officials to help strengthen Ontario's
health care system.
"This was an opportunity for nurses who spend their days and nights at
the bedside to visit Queen's Park, to meet with provincial government
officials and to let them know that RPNS are ready and willing to help
lead the positive changes that need to take place in our health care
system," said Dianne Martin, Executive Director of the Registered
Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (RPNAO).
The visit, organized by RPNAO, included a contingent of 70 RPNs being
recognized in the legislature during Question Period, a luncheon
reception for MPPs and meetings with a wide range of government
leaders, including Ontario's Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Deb
"Registered Practical Nurses play a vitally important role in our health
care system," said Minister Matthews. "Working on the frontlines, their
experience, passion, skills and thoughtful advice are helping transform
our health care system to one that is community based and patient
"Several MPPs were impressed to learn about the extent of RPNs'
involvement and contributions to our health care system," said Martin.
"For example, several did not realize that RPNs represent more than a
quarter of Ontario's nursing workforce. Or that 96.9% of RPNs working
in Ontario are in 'direct practice positions', meaning they interact
directly with their patients, clients and residents."
RPNAO would like to thank the staff of Queen's Park, Ontario's MPPs and
all the other individuals who helped make this day such a positive and
About the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (RPNAO)
Founded in 1958, RPNAO is the voice of registered practical nursing in
Ontario. There are more than 35,000 registered practical nurses working
in Ontario, playing a vital role in the province's health care system.
For more information about RPNAO and its mandate, please visit www.rpnao.org.
SOURCE: Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario
For further information:
Dianne Martin, Executive Director 905-602-4664