TORONTO, May 4, 2015 /CNW/ - The impact of evidence-based nursing care on improved health outcomes will be highlighted at a series of media conferences during Nursing Week (May 11-17).
Registered nurses representing four health organizations that have adopted RNAO's internationally renowned best practice guidelines (BPG), and achieved Best Practice Spotlight Organization® (BPSO) designation, will demonstrate their commitment to quality patient care and showcase their leadership in clinical excellence at four media conferences in Mississauga, Cambridge and Chesley.
"We're extremely proud of these BPSOs for becoming stewards of evidence-based practice by actively supporting nurses and other health professionals to implement the most current and relevant evidence in their day-to-day care," says Dr. Doris Grinspun, RNAO's Chief Executive Officer and the founder of the program. "They are role models for excellence in patient care and optimized outcomes for patients, organizations and the health system as a whole."
RNAO has developed more than 50 BPGs on topics such as: preventing falls; tackling urinary incontinence and constipation; preventing and addressing elder abuse; preventing childhood obesity; promoting breastfeeding; preventing and treating pressure ulcers; and more. BPSOs sign formal agreements with RNAO to implement and evaluate these guidelines within their organizations.
"BPSOs are leaders in clinical practice," says RNAO President Dr. Vanessa Burkoski. "Ontarians will be proud, and patients and their families will be heartened to hear about the outstanding work of these organizations and their staff, and the commitment they are making to ensure our health system is more effective, more patient-centred, and more responsive to their needs."
Nursing Week media conferences will be held by the following BPSOs:
CAMBRIDGE: Two Rivers Family Health Team, 350 Conestoga Blvd (Unit B10), Tuesday, May 12, from 12 – 1 p.m.
MISSISSAUGA: Trillium Health Partners, Credit Valley Hospital Atrium, 2200 Eglinton Avenue West, Tuesday, May 12, from 2 – 4 p.m.
CHESLEY: Parkview Manor Health Care Centre, 98 3rd Street Southeast, Wednesday, May 13, from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
MISSISSAUGA: Bayshore Health Care, 2101 Hadwen Road, Wednesday, May 13, from 12:45 – 2 p.m.
RNAO's Best Practice Guidelines Program is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and was launched in 1999 to provide the best available evidence for patient care across a wide range of health-care settings. Health-care facilities that successfully implement multiple guidelines receive special recognition from RNAO as Best Practice Spotlight Organizations (BPSO). The four organizations listed above are among 92 BPSOs representing more than 450 sites throughout Ontario and Canada and around the world that have made a commitment to quality and evidence in the delivery of care.
The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) is marking its 90th anniversary this year. The professional association represents registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nursing students 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 serve. For more information about RNAO, visit our website at RNAO.ca. You can also check out our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter.
SOURCE Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario
For further information: To arrange an interview, please contact: Marion Zych, Director of Communications, RNAO, Cell: 647-406-5605 / Phone: 416-408-5605, mzych@RNAO.ca