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Canadian Nurses Association and Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario share Ontario leaders’ video responses to key questions during National Nursing Week 2018

Ottawa, May 11, 2018 — Mike Villeneuve, CEO of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), and Dawn Tymianski, CEO of the Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario (NPAO), are pleased to share video responses to questions that the associations submitted in April 2018 to Green Party of Ontario leader Mike Schreiner, Ontario Liberal Party leader Kathleen Wynne, Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath and Ontario PC leader Doug Ford. We are grateful that they all took time out of their busy schedules to answer important questions ahead of the June 7 provincial election.

“During Nursing Week 2018, CNA is pleased to collaborate with NPAO on an initiative that provides our members and people across the province with an opportunity to hear their views on health care in Ontario,” said Villeneuve.

“Our collaboration allowed us to highlight the great work and appreciation of Ontario NPs during National Nursing Week 2018. We encourage you to watch and share the leaders’ video responses with your nursing colleagues, friends and family,” said Tymianski.

CNA and NPAO asked the leaders:

  1. What is your vision for health care in Ontario during your first term and beyond? How will RNs, nurse practitioners (NPs) and registered practical nurses (RPNs) be part of it?
  2. What is your plan to increase access for all Ontarians to primary care and care for high-risk populations?

    NPAO has recommended targeted investments in community care, nurse practitioner-led clinics, NPs in mental health and addictions, and attending NPs in long-term care and in acute care with specialized populations, including neonatal intensive care.
  3. The theme for National Nursing Week 2018, May 7-13, is #YesThisIsNursing.

    During this special week, CNA and NPAO will be celebrating the dedication of more than 421,000 nurses across Canada, including nearly 105,000 in Ontario, to the health and well-being of our nation.

    What is your message to Ontario’s nurses and nurse practitioners during National Nursing Week 2018?

The responses:

In February 2018, CNA and NPAO met with MPPs and officials from the Green Party of Ontario, Ontario Liberal Party, Ontario NDP and Ontario PC Party to discuss their respective recommendations in advance of the June 7 provincial election. During that time, CNA and NPAO sent the main parties party platform questionnaires. The parties’ responses will inform Ontarians and nurse on their respective health-care plans and priorities. In the coming days, responses will be shared with CNA members in Ontario and NPAO members on cna-aiic.ca and npao.org

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The Canadian Nurses Association is the national and global professional voice of Canadian nursing, representing over 139,000 registered nurses and nurse practitioners in Canada. CNA advances the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada’s publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.

NPAO is the professional voice for almost 3,400 nurse practitioners in Ontario. Our mission is to achieve full integration of nurse practitioners to ensure accessible, high quality health care for all.

NPs provide services to the people of Ontario across the health-care system in variety of settings including community clinics, hospitals, long-term care homes and in patient’s homes. NPs practise in interprofessional teams with a broad range of health-care providers. NPs independently diagnose illness and health-care conditions, prescribe drugs, and order X-rays and laboratory tests for their patients. NPs can also admit, treat and discharge patients in hospitals and long-term care homes.

For more information, please contact:

Kevin Ménard
Lead, Communications
Canadian Nurses Association
Cell: 613-266-8230
E-mail: kmenard@cna-aiic.ca

Hoda Mankal
Director of Communications