June 2019

How we changed and grew in 2018

Our 2018 Annual Report, titled “Partners in Safety,” is out now! It highlights the many ways CNO collaborated with and reached out to nurses, patients, members of the public, nurse employers, academics and others over the last year. We all need to work together to uphold safe nursing care for the people of Ontario.

The easy-to-read, visually impactful report includes a review of our five biggest accomplishments in 2018:

  • The new Code of Conduct for nurses. The Code helps the public understand what to expect from you when receiving care. It describes the behaviour and conduct all nurses are professionally accountable to provide. We translated the Code into six languages to make sure it is accessible to more Ontarians.

  • The Nurses’ Health Program. This best-in-class program encourages nurses with substance use and/or mental health disorders to seek treatment early. We collaborated with the Ontario Nurses’ Association, Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario and Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario to develop it. We believe that with the right support and opportunity for education, treatment and recovery, nurses can continue or return to safe nursing practice.

  • We put the registration process for new nurses online. This new tool is letting applicants register with CNO faster and more efficiently.

  • We launched a new way of assessing and approving Nursing Education Programs. The process helps us to ensure that all nursing graduates in Ontario are ready to practice safely when they start to work.

  • We collaborated more with patients, nurse employers, academics and other experts who could help us learn and improve. Diverse input improves the ways we deal with public safety concerns.

In the report, you’ll also find statistics and facts, such as how many applications we received last year, and how much faster we can register internationally educated RPNs now.

Take a few minutes to read our 2018 Annual Report, then share your comments and questions with us.

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