The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nursing students. Since 1925, RNAO has advocated for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses' contribution to shaping the health-care system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve.

This collection contains documents from RNAO’s BPG Program.

BPG Program:

RNAO’s Best Practice Guidelines Program is funded by the Ontario government’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Launched in 1999, it provides the best available evidence for patient care across a wide spectrum of health-care areas. The 50 guidelines developed to date are a substantive contribution towards building excellence in Ontario’s health-care system. They are available to nurses, other health-care professionals and organizations across Canada and abroad. To learn more about RNAO’s Nursing Best Guidelines Program or to view these resources, please visit www.RNAO.ca/bestpractices

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Recent Submissions

  • Visionary leadership: Charting a course for the health system and nursing in Ontario 

    Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, 2014-04)
    The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) believes it’s important to look down the road, today, and begin planning the future of our health system. By doing so, we can reach our destination with a clear sense ...
  • RNAO’s 70 per cent Full-Time Employment for Nurses Survey: Hospital and Long-Term Care Sectors 

    Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario; Joint Provincial Nursing Committee, 70% Full-Time Nursing Employment Working Group (Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, 2014-11-27)
    The 70 per cent Full-Time Employment for Nurses Survey was initiated by the 70% Full-Time Nursing Employment Working Group (FTNEWG), a working group of the Joint Provincial Nursing Committee (JPNC). RNAO led the project, ...
  • Enhancing Community Care For Ontarians (ECCO) 2.0 

    Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, 2014-04)
    In October 2012, the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) issued Enhancing Community Care for Ontarians (ECCO), a bold model for health system transformation. Subject to significant praise, debate and discussion, ...
  • Coming Together, Moving Forward: Building the Next Chapter of Ontario’s Rural, Remote and Northern Nursing Workforce 

    Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario; Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, Rural, Remote and Northern Area Nursing Task Force (Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, 2015-05)
    The selection of this title was deliberate. We chose ‘coming together’ to signify the importance of community within rural, remote and northern areas. This report is grounded within the importance of context and the solutions ...
  • Person- and Family- Centred Care 

    Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, 2015-05)
    This nursing Best Practice Guideline (BPG) is intended to replace the RNAO BPG Client Centred Care (2002) and its supplement (2006a). It is to be used by nurses and other members of the interprofessional health-care team ...
  • Primary Solutions for Maximizing and Expanding the Role of the Primary Care Nurse in Ontario 

    Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario; Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, Primary Care Nurse Task Force (Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, 2012-06)
    This report is a blueprint to maximize and expand the role of primary care nurses, paving the path for other health professionals in Ontario. To benefit the public, we call on government and its agencies, professional ...
  • Engaging Clients Who Use Substances 

    Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, 2015-03)
    This Guideline provides evidence-based recommendations for nurses and other members of the interprofessional team across all care settings who are assessing and providing interventions to individuals who use substances and ...
  • Preventing and Addressing Abuse and Neglect of Older Adults: Person-Centred, Collaborative, System-Wide Approaches 

    Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, 2014-07)
    Best Practice Guidelines are systematically developed statements designed to assist nurses and clients in making decisions about appropriate health care (Field & Lohr, 1990). Initial development of this guideline’s purpose ...
  • Educator's Resource: Integration of Best Practice Guidelines 

    Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, 2005-06)
    The Educator’s Resource: Integration of Best Practice Guidelines (Educator’s Resource) is part of the larger Best Practice Guidelines (BPG) Program initiated by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) and ...
  • Working with Families to Promote Safe Sleep for Infants 0-12 Months of Age 

    Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, 2014-02)
    This guideline has been developed to address the question of how health-care providers can partner with families to promote safe sleep for infants 0-12 months of age to reduce known risk factors for injury and death. It ...
  • Woman Abuse: Screening, Identification and Initial Response 

    Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, 2012-05)
    The overall purpose of this guideline is to facilitate routine universal screening for woman abuse by nurses in all practice settings. The intended outcome is increased opportunity for disclosure, which will promote health, ...
  • Toolkit: Implementation of Best Practice Guidelines Second Edition 

    Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, 2012-09)
    Best practices are recommendations that may evolve based on ongoing key expert experience, judgment, perspective and continued research (Health Canada, 2008).They are also known as systematically developed statements of ...
  • Supporting and Strengthening Families through Expected & Unexpected Life Events 

    Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, 2006-03)
    Focusing on the family is an integral component of nursing practice. The guideline development panel acknowledges that most nurses already have relevant knowledge and skills to care for families. However, this guideline ...
  • Supporting Clients on Methadone Maintenance Treatment 

    Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, 2009-07)
    This guideline will focus on recommendations for any youth, adult or older adult either already on MMT or those who are potential candidates for MMT. Particular attention will be paid to priority populations (for whom there ...
  • Stroke Assessment Across the Continuum of Care 

    Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario; Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, 2005-06)
    This best practice guideline focuses on assisting nurses working in diverse practice settings in the assessment and/or screening of stroke survivors. Nurses working in partnership with the interdisciplinary healthcare team, ...
  • Strategies to Support Self-Management in Chronic Conditions: Collaboration with Clients 

    Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, 2010-09)
    The purpose of this guideline is to provide evidence-based recommendations for Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses in self-management support. These recommendations identify strategies and interventions that ...
  • Screening for Delirium, Dementia and Depression in Older Adults 

    Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, 2010-05)
    This guideline has been developed to improve the screening assessment of older adult clients for delirium, dementia and depression. This guideline does not include recommendations for the management of these conditions in ...
  • Risk Assessment and Prevention of Pressure Ulcers 

    Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, 2011-09)
    This best practice guideline assists nurses who work in diverse practice settings to identify adults who are at risk of pressure ulcers. This guideline further provides direction to nurses in defining early interventions ...
  • Reducing Foot Complications for People with Diabetes 

    Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, 2007)
    The focus of this best practice guideline is to support nurses as they help people with diabetes reduce their risk of foot complications. Specifically, this guideline assists nurses who are not specialists in diabetes care ...
  • Promoting Safety: Alternative Approaches to the Use of Restraints 

    Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, 2012-02)
    This guideline provides evidence-based recommendations for Registered Nurses (RNs) and Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) related to the care of individuals who are at risk for behaviours that may result in harm to self/others ...

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