|Dear RNAO member,
The formidable power of RNAO’s 41,000 members was evident last week. Registered nurses (RN), nurse practitioners (NP) and nursing students brought their influence and impact to the provincial legislature for the association’s 16th Queen’s Park Day.
One hundred and eighty nursing leaders descended on the legislature Thursday, February 25 to meet with 60 members of provincial parliament (MPP) to share nurses’ solutions on important policy imperatives for the profession, health and the health-care system.
Led by RNAO president-elect Carol Timmings and CEO Doris Grinspun, nurses sat down with MPPs over breakfast to talk about RN replacement, NP compensation, independent RN prescribing, locating care co-ordinators in primary care, homelessness and affordable housing, and the environment.
RNAO members had the privilege to also watch Question Period from the public gallery. Many of the nurses were recognized by their MPPs during formal introductions and thanked for the important work they do on behalf of Ontarians. In the afternoon, members heard from Minister of Health Eric Hoskins, PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek, PC MPP Bill Walker, Deputy NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and NDP MPP Cindy Forster. They also heard from the province’s auditor-general Bonnie Lysyk. As many of you may be aware, Ms. Lysyk is the province’s financial watchdog and carefully reviews how government money is spent. She was invited to talk about her review of Community Care Access Centres, which many of you know RNAO has recommended be devolved under the LHINs. Read details about RNAO’s Queen’s Park Day.
This year, Queen’s Park Day took place on the same day Ontario’s budget was unveiled.
Grinspun and several staff members were in the provincial budget lock-up to review the document before it was officially released by Finance Minister Charles Sousa. Read RNAO’s response to the budget.
The budget contained a number of items central to RNAO’s advocacy:
Affordable housing and poverty:
Please help boost RNAO’s voice on issues that matter. Please sign our action alert on RN replacement.
Almost 17,000 people, including members of the public, have responded to our call for an end to RN replacement. Help us keep up the momentum. We can easily reach 20,000 with your help. If you haven’t had a chance to make your voice heard, please act now.
Vanessa Burkoski RN, BScN, MScN, DHA
Doris Grinspun, RN, MSN, PhD, LLD(hon), O.ONT.