March 8, 2017

The Optimizing the RPN Role in Ontario Provincial Tour is well underway! See our Tour page for more information.  In the RPN Innovation Fund focus groups, RPNs across the province are consistently telling us that they want more opportunities for leadership development and their employers agree.

RPNAO is pleased to once again offer three (3) RPN bursaries for the Dorothy Wylie Health Leaders Institute. Each bursary will cover registration and travel costs for one RPN to attend the May 23-26, 2017 Institute. Please use this link to learn more about the DWHL Institute

Vision: To support RPN leadership development

Focus: Growing RPN leadership and/or optimizing the RPN role at the organizational level

Funding Criteria:  One RPN and one leader-mentor/partner must attend as a dyad. RPNAO will provide funding for the RPN and your organization must provide funding for the leader-mentor/partner to attend. The organization must support the completion of a capstone leadership project.

Expression of Interest Requirements: Please submit a brief (500 word max.) expression of interest including:

·        who you would like to send

·        why you have selected these participants

·        how the dyad will work together

·        the intent of the proposed capstone project

Reporting:  RPNAO requests a brief report (maximum 500 words) within 6 months of completion of the Dorothy Wylie Health Leaders Institute, summarizing the RPN leadership development experience and outlining the progress/outcomes of the capstone project.

Submission: Expressions of interest must be received by 1600 hrs on April 7, 2017. Organizations will be informed of decision within two weeks of submission.  Please use the Expression of Interest form attached below.

For more information please contact Barbara Jones, RPNAO Director, Nursing Innovation at

“Attending the DWHLI has provided me with the tools and framework to help me to grow both personally and professionally. I am extremely grateful for the chance to network with other healthcare leaders from various organizations and create connections that I can utilize throughout my career.

I hope to use the experience I have gained to excel as a leader and be an example to other RPNs and members of my teams throughout my career.”

April Marechal, RPN 

2016 RPNAO DWHLI Bursary recipient

PDF Files: PDF icon Expression of Interest.pdf