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Primary Solutions for Primary Care: Maximizing and Expanding the Role of the Primary Care Nurse in Ontario / Primary Care Nurse Task Force Report

The Primary Care Nurse Task Force was launched by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) in response to the gross under-utilization of thousands of primary care nurses – Registered Nurses (RNs) and Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) – in Ontario’s health system. Bringing together key stakeholders from across the health system, we engaged in factual and evidence-based discussions that were open, thoughtful, and respectful. The result is a report that offers a fair and balanced analysis and practical solutions to improve primary care. The goal is simple: improve access to timely, quality, and person-centred care for the public. The sustainability of Ontario’s health system depends largely on the success of primary care; success that can and must be advanced through innovative, evidence-based enhancements like the ones contained in this report. The nursing profession, as the largest group of regulated health professionals in Ontario, upholds its strong responsibility to study and recommend health system improvements that will optimize patient outcomes and system cost-effectiveness. The recommendations in this report are solution-focused and build on the tremendous potential that already exists within our health system. 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 associations, trade unions, regulatory bodies, educators, clinicians and employers to embrace and promptly implement the recommendations in this report.
Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO)
Doris Grinspun
Judie Surridge
Primary Care Nurse Task Force
Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario
Thursday, June 28, 2012
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