Announcements from RNAO

by Admin on September 24, 2013



First come, first served: limited number of free new grad memberships available
RNAO is 35,000 members strong. We believe every RN should belong to their professional association. Do you know a new nursing grad who isn’t a member yet?

Encourage them to take advantage of our free membership offer. New grads can join RNAO for 2013-2014 at no cost, thanks to the generosity of HUB International Ontario Limited. Don’t delay: there are a limited number of sponsorships, and each is worth more than $150.

Limited time offer – Free membership for September and October
Now is the best time for your colleagues to join RNAO. Any new member, or co-workers who have let their membership lapse, can join RNAO for the membership year of November 2013 to October 2014 now and get RNAO membership free! Their eligibility for professional liability protection will begin as soon as they sign up.

RNAO works towards a new membership arrangement with CNA
RNAO is eager to present a united and shared RNAO/Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) position. We want to work together in promoting joint membership when CNA membership becomes optional on November 1, 2014.

We want this transition to proceed in a collaborative way, with the shared goal of a strengthened CNA and RNAO. That’s why we have invited CNA to work with us to promote the new membership arrangement and inform our members about the benefits of CNA membership. Collaboration, mutual respect and support will enhance the effectiveness of a joint membership effort. It will also have a positive effect on all Ontario RNs joining RNAO, and all RNAO members who also choose to be members of CNA. It’s a win-win situation.

As we shared with you already, RNAO has also scheduled a one-hour session during the upcoming September assembly meeting to seek your input on marketing strategies to ensure all RNs join as RNAO members and choose CNA as an optional RNAO benefit. If you want to learn more, join us on Saturday, September 28 (1:15 to 2:30 p.m.) at the Hyatt Regency on King Street West in Toronto. For those planning to attend, please make sure you read Change in CNA membership from mandatory to optional – Questions and Answers on RNAO’s website and register in advance (registration closes Monday, September 23 at 4 p.m.).

Attend a free workshop on addictions best practices – October
RNAO’s Best Practice Champions Network® Workshop Series is offering free addictions champion workshops across Ontario.

The Champions Network was developed in 2002 to support nurses and other health-care professionals who are passionate about implementing the association’s best practice guidelines (BPG). Through the network, roughly 10,000 volunteer champions can access tools and strategies such as workshops and teleconferences to help support use of BPGs in their workplaces.

The addictions champion workshops will provide nurses with essential information on how to use evidence-based nursing practices related to addictions. Using information from the second edition of the RNAO Toolkit: Implementation of Clinical Practice Guidelines, workshops will explore criteria such as: engaging stakeholders, assessing facilitators and barriers, developing and evaluating an implementation strategy and sustaining practice changes. The workshops will also explore key content in areas of addiction, including topics related to commonly used substances, stigma, harm reduction, screening tools and social determinants of health.

Workshops run from October to December. Locations include: Hamilton, Chatham, Cochrane-Timiskaming, Whitby, Kingston and Thunder Bay. To find a workshop near you, visit

For more information, please contact Glynis Gittens by calling 1-800-268-7199, ext. 243.

Social media guidelines: helpful tricks and tips for nurses
More and more RNs are turning to social media to keep in touch, communicate a message or stay informed. RNAO recently posted social media guidelines for nurses on its website. The guidelines provide direction for members who post on social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter.

If you have any questions, please contact Neil Halper, RNAO’s web and social media editor.

Applications for CNA certification now open
It’s that time of year again! Applications for the Canadian Nurses Association certification opened on September 2. The deadline for initial certification is November 6. The deadline for recertification is December 2. RNAO members save $233 on the initial certification fee.

New this year is certification in PeriAnesthesia, which joins others, including: cardiovascular nursing, critical care nursing, hospice palliative care nursing and rehabilitation nursing. Details are available on the CNA website.

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