October 2023


Reminder: Share your feedback on the proposed changes to the education registration requirements for nurses

CNO invites you to share your feedback on the proposed changes to the education registration requirements for nurses. These changes aim to ensure nurses entering the profession have the relevant education and skills to provide safe and competent patient care.

The proposed changes include:

  • Inclusive and culturally safe care

  • Safer health care experiences

These changes are part of CNO’s strategic plan to ensure registration processes are evidence-informed, fair, inclusive and effective. They also help increase the health human resources in Ontario.

You can read more about the proposed changes and provide your feedback on CNO’s public consultation page. The deadline to comment is Monday, Nov. 27, 2023.

Don’t miss this opportunity to contribute to the regulation of nursing practice in Ontario.

Meet CNO at the Ontario Long-Term Care Association (OLTCA) conference

Join CNO at the annual Ontario Long-Term Care Association (OLTCA) conference in Toronto from Sunday, Oct. 22 to Tuesday, Oct. 24.

The conference will feature presentations and workshops on emerging research, quality improvement initiatives, innovations and expertise that can help you improve the quality of care and quality of life for seniors.

CNO will have a booth at the conference where you can meet our staff and ask any questions you may have about nursing practice standards and accountabilities in long-term care.

“We are eager to connect with our health care partners and nurses to share our updated practice resources,” said Amanda Laird, a Registered Nurse and CNO’s Team Lead for Practice Quality. “Long-term care is a critical part of our health care system, and we want to support you in delivering safe care to residents.” 

CNO welcomes new Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

CNO recently appointed Sandra Porteous as its new Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).

In her new role, Porteous will lead the development of an organization-wide DEI initiative that aligns with CNO’s vision and mission to protect the public by promoting safe nursing practice.

CNO’s Executive Director and CEO Silvie Crawford expressed her enthusiasm about Sandra’s appointment, saying: “Sandra is a visionary leader who has a wealth of experience and expertise in DEI. She is a dynamic and collaborative partner who will work with various stakeholders to advance DEI in the regulatory space for nurses. The creation of this new position demonstrates CNO’s ongoing commitment to incorporate DEI practices in all areas of our work.”

Porteous said she is excited to join CNO and to contribute to its DEI journey. “Nurses play a vital role caring for people and fostering healthy communities and I look forward to contributing to nursing regulation in Ontario. This is an evolving time for nursing and CNO is uniquely positioned to actively contribute to DEI in health care.”

Porteous is a seasoned DEI professional with a background in journalism, education and consulting. She has worked for CBC, Metrolinx and various educational institutions, where she designed and implemented DEI programs and strategies that benefited diverse populations.


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