Looking Back on 60 Years

Thank you for taking the time to read through this latest issue of The RPN Journal, in which we celebrate the 60th anniversary of our association. I’ve said this on numerous occasions in the past, but it bears repeating: one of the key reasons that RPNAO continues to thrive and to make such a positive impact, not only in the world of practical nursing but also in the realm of health care in Ontario, is because of you, our members. From day one, back in 1958, our membership has been the backbone of this association. And while many of the faces have changed over the years and with the passage of time, one of the true constants has been the fact that the membership of this association has been engaged, interested and active.

I can still remember the time, back during my nursing studies, when a representative from RPNAO came to visit our class. As I recount in the anniversary story on Page 6, this very pleasant and professional woman, who was there to build awareness for the association and to hopefully recruit us as members, made a bold prediction on that day. At the time, we were still called Registered Nursing Assistants (RNAs). This woman from RPNAO told us, very matter-of-factly, that one day, we would be able to call ourselves nurses.

While it was a wonderful idea, there was more than a bit of skepticism in our classroom on that day. It would be another 15 years before her prediction became reality. Ultimately, though, she was right. She and her colleagues at RPNAO were looking not only at the present day in 1979. They were looking far down the road, to the challenges of five, 10 and 15 years into the future. I think of that prediction often. Because in many ways, that’s a key role of an effective association. Not only to focus on the issues and challenges of the day. But also to survey the horizon for the issues, challenges and opportunities of tomorrow. This is something we have always tried to do at RPNAO and it’s an approach we will continue to take as we look ahead to 2019 and beyond.

Congratulations on this milestone that all of us can share in and be proud of. And once again, thank you to each of you for your continued support of this profession and your association.

 

Dianne Martin
CEO, RPNAO
dmartin@rpnao.org

Category: Messages from the Chief Executive OfficerDate: Tuesday, October 9, 2018