RNAO to partner with eight long-term care organizations to improve resident care

TORONTO, May 17, 2016 /CNW/ - The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) is set to announce a new group of eight long-term care institutions joining the Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) program. As part of this initiative, these organizations will implement and evaluate multiple nursing best practice guidelines (BPG) over the next three years to enhance the care residents receive.

Today at the Radisson Admiral in Toronto, leaders and staff from the association and the eight organizations are convening to initiate the partnership as well as identify the tools and strategies needed to successfully implement RNAO's BPGs at their sites.

BPGs are evidence-based resources created by RNAO to offer the best possible patient care. As part of this program, organizations will implement a minimum of three BPGs, which can include Prevention of Falls and Fall Injuries in the Older Adult Population; Screening for Delirium, Dementia and Depression; and Person-and Family-Centred Care.

"The Long-Term Care BPSO is one of the most effective strategies available to help nurses and others use the best research in their care," says Irmajean Bajnok, director of the International Affairs and Best Practice Guidelines (IABPG) Centre at RNAO. "We congratulate these eight organizations selected to be part of this program and will work with all their staff to help them provide the highest quality of care to their residents."

The launch today will also hear from the Ontario Provincial Chief Nursing Officer Kaiyan Fu, RNAO's Associate Director of the IABPG Centre Heather McConnell, and Associate Director of Research & Evaluation at the IABPG Centre Yaw Owusu.

This program is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and to date, has five long-term care organizations completing the three-year program.

The eight health-care organizations joining the program today are:

  • Tilbury Manor Nursing Home
  • Woodingford Lodge
  • The Regional Municipality of Niagara
  • St. Joseph's Lifecare Centre
  • The Regional Municipality of Halton
  • The Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre
  • Grove Park Home
  • William A. George Extended Care Facility


  • Irmajean Bajnok, director, IABPG Centre, RNAO
  • Kaiyan Fu, provincial chief nursing officer
  • Carol Holmes, program manager, long-term care best practices program, RNAO
  • Heather McConnell, associate director, IABPG Centre, RNAO
  • Yaw O. Owusu, associate director, research & evaluation, IABPG Centre, RNAO


  • Long-term care Best Practice Spotlight Organization launch


  • Radisson Admiral, 249 Queen's Quay West, Toronto, ON
    Atrium – 2nd Floor


  • Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

RNAO's Best Practice Guidelines program is funded by the Ontario government's Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Launched in 1999, it provides the best available evidence for patient care across a wide spectrum of health-care areas. The 50 guidelines developed to date  represent a substantial contribution towards building excellence in Ontario's health-care system. They are available to nurses, other health-care professionals and organizations across Canada and abroad. To learn more about RNAO's Nursing Best Guidelines Program or to view these resources, please visit www.RNAO.ca/bestpractices.

RNAO is the professional association representing 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 RNAO.ca or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

SOURCE Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

For further information: or to arrange an interview with a nurse, please contact: Victoria Alarcon, Editorial Assistant, Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO), Phone: 416-408-5605, valarcon@RNAO.ca


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