During RPNAO’s Optimizing the RPN Role provincial tour last year, one of the areas that participants advised us to focus the innovation fund on was research.  RPNs told us that they wanted to learn more about research to be able to use evidence in their practice, but also to be able to participate in clinical research.  As well, we heard loud and clear that RPNAO needs to continue to support primary research that demonstrates the value of an optimized RPN role in our healthcare system.  There is virtually no research evidence about the impact of RPNs on patient outcomes in our system.  What are the most pressing questions that we should address?  To answer this question, RPNAO is hosting a Research Think Tank on June 28.  This gathering of experts in nursing research, health human resources research, HHR planning, nursing and health administration and health education will help to determine not only the priority questions, but also the research methods, the best data and indicators and potential partners.  Our keynote speaker for the day is Dr. Jack Needleman, a globally respected researcher in nursing skill mix, health economics and patient safety who is coming up from UCLA in California to share his expertise with our Think Tank.  Stay tuned for a report on the day in our Fall publication.


Barbara Jones
Director, Nursing Innovation



Category: Special FeatureDate: Friday, June 15, 2018