RNAO announces its President-Elect

    TORONTO, April 27 /CNW/ - Ontario nurses have elected David McNeil as the
next president of the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO).
    On Friday April 24, at RNAO's Annual General Meeting in Markham, Ontario,
McNeil, a registered nurse from Sudbury won the election against three other
candidates for the post. In addition to being an RN, McNeil is the Vice
President of Clinical Programs and Chief Nursing Officer at the Hôpital
régional de Sudbury Regional Hospital. McNeil also has extensive management
and frontline experience.
    McNeil holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Laurentian University
in Sudbury and a graduate degree in Health Administration from the University
of Ottawa.
    McNeil describes himself as a proud member of RNAO because of its
reputation as a leader in advocacy and action on behalf of nurses, the
health-care system, and the health of the population provincially, nationally
and internationally. Previously, he served as the association's board
representative for Region 11, which includes Sudbury and district, Algoma,
Nipissing, Porcupine and Kirkland Lake.
    RNAO's president-elect says the quality and sustainability of a publicly
funded and not-for profit health-care system depends on ensuring the long-term
viability of the nursing profession and its impact on health outcomes. He
looks forward to following the path of previous presidents and to leading from
strength to higher strength alongside current President Wendy Fucile and
Executive Director Doris Grinspun.
    When he officially assumes his term in office next April, McNeil will
become RNAO's 51st official president.

    The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional
association representing registered nurses wherever they practise in Ontario.
Since 1925, RNAO has lobbied 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 further information:

For further information: Marion Zych, Director of Communications,
Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, Phone: (647) 406-5605 (cellular) or
(416) 408-5605 (office)

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