Overview: Part Two: Leadership in Action, Influencing Change course is designed to provide learners with education and tools to support an understanding of the role of nurses in influencing health care transformation.

Registration information:  Part Two: Leadership in Practice, Influencing Change schedule for 2019;

  •  February 25th 2019 - April 22nd 2019.
  •   September 16th - November 11th 2019


Program Length and Delivery: The program is an eight week eLearning course. 

Prerequisites: Participants must have access to a computer and basic computer skills to participate in the electronic class discussions and completed the course Part One of Leadership- An Introduction.

Course Description:
This course provides nurses with an understanding of how they can influence the decisions and policies that are most important to them and the people they care for. Nurses who understand policy development are well equipped to influence decision-making about professional practice issues in their workplaces and to contribute to the development of health and nursing policy. The course offers a critical examination of how decisions about health and nursing policies are made at different levels, from the point of care to the federal and provincial governments, as well as an overview of the important policy issues and strategies impacting Ontario’s health care system. Special attention will be given to how nurses work with their nursing colleagues and other stakeholders to utilize their knowledge and expertise to influence policy development both in their workplaces and on committees advising managers and/or government representatives.

Introduction to the Course and How health Care Decisions are Made
  • How are health care decisions made?
  • What is policy?
  • The Policy Cycle
  • How are policies made (from the unit/departmental level to the national level)?
2National and ProvincialBroad picture of Canada’s health care system
  • Federal and provincial perspectives
3National and ProvincialHealth care reform: how it impacts nurses and patient care 
  • What nurses should know about health care reform
4National and ProvincialInfluencing health care decisions at the national and provincial levels
  • Ideas and health policy
  • Shaping health care decisions: the role of professional associations and other interest groups
5ProvincialInfluencing health care policy 
  • The nursing profession in policy and health care decisions
6Provincial and OrganizationalFunding, allocation & delivery of health care 
  • Priority setting and allocation of scarce resources: how allocation decisions impact nurses
7OrganizationalInfluencing policies at your workplace: a key role for the nursing profession 
  • Nursing leadership
  • Decision Ladder: should nurses have input to all health care decisions?
8OrganizationalImpacts of the nursing profession on health care decisions
  • Impacts of the nursing profession on health care decisions
  • All students must submit their final assignment this week

Course Cost:

  1. RPNAO Members $275.00 + HST = $310.75
  2. Non-Members $357.50 + HST = $403.98

Registration for September 2019 is now open

 Registration Link

This course is limited to 25 participants; registration is available on a first come first serve basis, however a waitlist will be available with notification provided to interested registrants.

To register please contact ntomlin@rpnao.org for assistance.

  • Refunds may be requested, and a full refund will be issued prior to the course start date. Within the first week a refund minus an administrative fee will issued. At any time after the initial week a partial refund will be provided or the course may be deferred to a later date. No refunds will be provided after 50% of the course is complete, a deferral to another course may be given and must be taken within a year of initial registration.