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Rebecca Harbridge at SMDHU

a presentation by Fiona Proctor Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

Neil Halper

on 24 November 2014

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Transcript of Rebecca Harbridge at SMDHU

Financial supports and money saving programs
Recognition and Awards
Proudly representing RNs
Speaking out for Health, Speaking out for Nursing
International Involvement
Clinical Resources
Professional Development
Interest Groups
Legal and Liability Protections and LAP

Goals for our discussion
review nursing organizations in Ontario
invite you to join RNAO
review membership benefits for public health nurses
Benefits of RNAO Membership
Financial Supports
The Nursing Education Initiative (MOHLTC) of $1,500 is administered by RNAO.
Various interest group scholarships through the Registered Nurses Foundation of Ontario
Permanent Education Fund Loans available up to $2,000.
Money Saving Programs
40% off conference and workshop registration fees
subscription to the Registered Nurse Journal and In the Loop Newsletter, which are both a resource and route for nurses to be heard.
Discounted group rates on home and auto insurance as well as life, extended health, and long term disability insurance
Free access to NurseONE, the Canadian Nurse Portal, a $60 value.
Recognition and Awards
Membership offers a variety of leadership opportunities, from attending meetings, acting as a Nurse Ambassador, being a a stakeholder reviewer, or acting as a voting delegate at the AGM.
Leaders in the RNAO include our own Jennifer Tonn, President of the Community Health Nurses Initiatives Group
RNAO’s Recognition Awards are available to recognize a range of accomplishments in different areas of practice. I was chosen for the 2011 HUB Fellowship and Louise Wilson won the President's Award for Leadership in Clinical Nursing Practice in 2009
Clinical Resources
RNAO offers two important supports for your practice:
Canadian Nurses Protective Society liability protection
Legal Assistance Program
Legal & Liability Protections
The Legal Assistance Program also provides legal support for your nursing practice.
Typical LAP cases include:
employment issues
Participating in inquests or inquiries as a witness
Disciplinary investigations and/or hearings at the College of Nurses of Ontario
Optional – to be eligible, sign up for $64.57
Proudly Representing RNs
The award winning Registered Nurse Journal showcases the range of nursing practice and life.
You can get published in the magazine!
Proactive communications campaigns that show the public and policymakers who nurses are.
Active involvement with the media to ensure RNs are represented fairly and accurately.
As a member, show off your pride in your profession with an RN lapel pin
Speaking out for Health
RNAO speaks out on many policies that affect public health nurses and their clients. RNAO's platform, Why Your Health Matters, outlines recommendations in key areas:
Nursing Care
Speaking out for Nursing
Have your say on where the profession is going
Feel good about making a difference – from the bedside to the boardroom
be connected to nurses from around the world through national and international councils
There are four major nursing associations in Ontario:

Ontario Nurses Association (ONA)
Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO)
Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (RPNAO)
The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO)
Governing body for 160,000 RNs, NPs and RPNs in Ontario
Membership is mandatory
Protects the public’s right to quality nursing services
Sets requirements to enter the profession
Establishes and enforces nursing practice standards
A trade union representing 60,000 RNs, Graduate Nurses and Allied Health Personnel and 14,00 nursing students
Membership is through your workplace
collective bargaining for improved working conditions & wages
Professional association for Registered Practical Nurses
Similar benefits of membership as RNAO
membership is also voluntary, on an individual basis
Professional Association for Registered Nurses in Ontario
Speaks out for RNs in the province
Local chapters across Ontario
Membership is by choice
currently has 41,000 members
Focus of our discussion today
Thanks for your interest in your association.
RNAO would like to welcome you!
Nursing Organizations in Ontario
Nurses are flocking to join RNAO.
We are now 41,000 members strong!
RNAO membership meets the CNO's requirement for professional liability protection, as required starting in 2014
Canadian Nurses Protective Society liability protection (CNPS)
National, not for profit liability protection
$10,000,000 available to pay damages and for your support
For nurses, by nurses
Provides protection for civil lawsuits, being sued, and successfully defended criminal charges.
Details at www.cnps.ca
Available to all RNAO RN members automatically
Nursing Best Practice Guidelines include:
Client Centred Care
Healthy Work Environments Guidelines
Interventions for Postpartum Depression
Enhancing Healthy Adolescent Development
Integrating Smoking Cessation into Daily Nursing Practice
Breastfeeding Best Practice Guidelines for Nurses
Primary Prevention of Childhood Obesity
Self-Management Support
Supporting and Strengthening Families Through Expected and Unexpected Life Events
Professional Development
RNAO offers packed schedule of conferences and workshops for you to get involved
Advocacy gets results:
MOHLTC funding projects include the $1,500/year Nursing Education Initiative
Projects available to all RNs are a result of RNAO’s emphasis on professional nursing practice.
To find out more, contact:
Fiona Proctor
RN BScN Hons, Public Health Nurse
Chronic Disease Prevention –
Healthy Lifestyle Program
Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit
15 Sperling Drive, Barrie, ON L4M 6K9
(705) 721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 ext. 7649
Interest Groups
RNAO interest groups are focused on particular areas of nursing practice. Groups with a public health focus include:
Community Health Nurses Initiatives Group focuses on community health. SMDHU has a strong voice with many members involved in CHNIG.
Child and Maternal Nursing Interest Group are crucial advocates for breastfeeding in Ontario, and supporters of the WHO Baby-Friendly Initiative
Membership Fees
Membership to RNAO is $175/year for ONA members, and $256.36/year for regular members. The optional LAP program is an additional $64.57.

Canadian Nurses Association CNA is optional this year and can be added to your membership for $62.09.

Membership can be paid by cheque, credit card, or monthly pre-authorized payment

Signing up is as easy as visiting joinrnao.org or calling 1-800-268-7199
Liability Protection
Benefits of CNA Membership

Automatic membership in the International Council of Nurses (ICN)
Subscription to the Canadian Nurse magazine
$200 off fees for specialty certification
Free access to NurseONE.ca
Representation in CNA’s advocacy and policy advancements to influence healthy public policy at the federal level


Fiona Proctor RN BScN Hons, Public Health Nurse
Chronic Disease Prevention – Healthy Lifestyle Program
Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit
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