Please forward this action alert to your RPN colleagues and your friends who support them!
For the second consecutive year, Doris Grinspun, the leader of RNAO, has chosen the first day of Nursing Week to launch a dangerous and unfounded attack on Ontario’s 51,000 Registered Practical Nurses. If you haven’t seen RNAO’s latest announcement yet, the organization is lobbying the Ontario government to eliminate as many as 18,000 RPN positions from Ontario’s hospitals all across the province and to reduce or restrict the number of RPNs working in other practice sectors like long-term care.
We know firsthand that Ontario’s RPNs are sick and tired of feeling bullied on the first day of Nursing Week. That this proposal to eliminate RPNs would come from anyone who says they have the best interests of patients at heart is beyond plausible. On the contrary, this proposal is short-sighted, unworkable and reckless. It is unacceptable to propose the advancement of one group of excellent nurses at the expense of another. We need every single nurse in our health care system. And this need for nurses will only increase as our population grows and ages. We simply can’t afford to lose any of them.
That’s why Ontario’s elected leaders need to know that our RPNs have strong support across the province, and that eliminating them or restricting their practice is the wrong choice for Ontario’s nurses, and the wrong choice for our patients. And that’s why our organization is calling on all of you to speak up in defence of Ontario’s RPNs by emailing Premier Wynne, Minister Hoskins, and the leaders and health care critics from the other political parties. You can do this easily by adding your name and email address to this political action alert which will automatically send the email below (CLICK TO READ THE ACTION ALERT) directly to them on your behalf. As you can see, this message calls on our government leaders to continue standing up for Ontario’s RPNs by publicly voicing their support for the vital role they play in Ontario’s hospitals and other health care sectors.
If you believe Ontario’s RPNs play a vital role in our health care system, now is your chance to urge the Premier, the Minister of Health, and our other elected representatives to stand up for them!
The RPNAO Team
Dear Premier Wynne and Minister Hoskins,
Dear Premier Wynne and Minister Hoskins,
I object to the RNAO’s scheme to force you to eliminate as many as 18,000 RPN positions from Ontario’s hospitals all across the province and to reduce or restrict the number of RPNs working in other practice sectors like long-term care. This proposal is short-sighted, unworkable and reckless. It’s dangerous for our patients.
Our health care system is at a critical moment in time. Ontario’s 51,000 RPNs are essential to meeting the evolving needs of our health care system, and they’re ready to deliver what our patients need now and in the future – in our hospitals, in our long-term care homes, and in our homes and communities. These nurses believe that our guiding principle shouldn’t be to maintain yesterday’s health care system at all costs – rather it should be to ensure that we carefully match up each of our patients to the nurse who is most appropriate to care for that patient. As our province grows and ages, our patients will need more – not less – access to high-quality nursing care. And that’s why Ontario’s health care system needs every nurse – Registered Practical Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Registered Nurses alike. We simply cannot afford to lose any of them.
Ontario’s RPNs must be allowed to practice to the fullest extent of their knowledge, skills and competencies everywhere their expertise is needed, just like every other regulated professional group in our health care system. These excellent nurses want to make Ontario’s health care system ready for what’s next. Our RPNs stand up for our patients and I want you to continue standing up for them by publicly voicing your support for the vital role they play in Ontario’s hospitals and other health care sectors.
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MPP Patrick Brown, Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada
MPP Andrea Horwath, Leader of the New Democratic Party of Ontario
MPP Jeff Yurek, PC Critic for Health and Long Term Care
MPP France Gélinas, NDP Critic for Health and Long Term Care