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Hospital and RNAO partner to advance excellence in patient care and nursing practice

In April 2009, St. Michael’s Hospital became one of 16 organizations across the province to become a Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) candidate.

Toronto, May 13, 2009

Excellence in Patient Care Nursing leaders (l to r) Kaiyan Fu, Stephanie MacDonald, Teresa Fritsch-Sitlani, Alison Thomas, Ella Ferris, Lori Korkola and Catherine Bishop

In April 2009, St. Michael’s Hospital became one of 16 organizations across the province to become a Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) candidate.

To be designated a Best Practice Spotlight Organization, the Hospital is developing creative strategies to implement 14 clinical and three healthy work environment evidence-based, best practice guidelines. These guidelines have been developed, implemented and evaluated by thousands of expert nurses from all regions of the province and sectors of health care.

“This announcement is very exciting for nursing staff at St. Michael’s Hospital,” said executive vice-president and chief nursing executive Ella Ferris. “Our nurses have a profound knowledge base and expertise from which we draw on to improve clinical outcomes and patient safety. By supporting nurses to enhance their practice, based on the best knowledge available, we are helping to provide the highest quality of care to our clients while building the profile of nursing’s contribution to health care.”

RNAO’s ambitious Best Practice Guidelines Program, funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, was launched in 1999 to provide nurses and other members of health-care teams with current, comprehensive recommendations for patient care based on the latest research evidence.

“By becoming a Best Practice Spotlight Organization candidate, St. Michael’s Hospital is supporting nurses in all roles to take a lead in implementing best practice guidelines that will contribute to an evidence-based nursing culture,” said Irmajean Bajnok, director of International Affairs and Best Practice Guidelines Programs and the Centre for Professional Nursing Excellence at the RNAO. “Over the next three years, by introducing best practices, nurses at St. Michael’s will improve patient outcomes, raise the profile of nurses as knowledge professionals and help the organization meet its strategic objectives.”

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