Registered Practical Nurses are experts in care at the bedside

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 General News
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MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 7, 2018 /CNW/ - As Nursing Week begins, nurses in communities throughout Ontario

are being recognized and celebrated for their hard and vital work. Patients and families know the care and knowledge nurses bring to their work every single day.

As knowledge-based health professionals working in a wide variety of practice settings,

registered practical nurses are central to Ontario health care. The province's 43,000 practicing RPNs combine skill, knowledge, judgment, passion and compassion on the front-lines of our health system. They are highly-trained and regulated professionals whose education and practice are constantly evolving to meet the needs of their patients.

More than 96 per cent of RPNs are in direct practice positions, delivering care directly to patients. In providing high-quality direct care, they free registered nurses to focus on more complex patients where they're most needed. In collaboration with RNs, nurse practitioners, personal support workers and allied health professionals, RPNs embody the patient-centred approach to care.

"RPNs are experts in nursing care at the bedside and work at the heart of patient care teams," says Dianne Martin, Chief Executive Officer of the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (RPNAO). "As Ontario's population ages, it is more important than ever that we have a health system that is adaptable, sustainable and built around the patient. That means matching the right care provider with the right patient at the right time."

Ontario nurses provide excellent care in the face of increasingly heavy workloads and patients with growing needs. More nurses of all kinds are needed – but the approach to funding and recruitment should be balanced, with steady growth in every nursing category, including RPNs providing bedside care. Care teams must reflect patient needs and the expert judgment of clinical leaders at the point of care, and health professionals should be enabled to work to their full scope of practice.

Working closely with their colleagues across the nursing sector, RPNs provide the high-quality care patients need and deserve.

About the Registered Practical Nurses Association of OntarioFounded in 1958, RPNAO is the voice of registered practical nursing in Ontario. There are approximately 43,000 RPNs working in Ontario, playing a vital role in the province's health care system. For more information about RPNAO, its mandate and how RPNs contribute to Ontario's health care system, please visit rpnao.org.

SOURCE Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario



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