Goal set, goal met!

The results are in and we're celebrating the over 2000 RPNs who participated in our Changing Workplaces in a Knowledge Economy research study on the changing nature of nursing work.
RPNs told us they want to enage with research and we're thrilled to have new groundbreaking research on the impact RPNs are having across Ontario!

Thank you!


Research for and about RPNS

As evidence informs practice, it is important to participate, support and review research that impacts the Registered Practical Nurse (RPN).

Changing Workplaces in a Knowledge Economy: Registered Practical Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RPNAO) Study 


We think that you’ll agree…people don’t know enough about Ontario’s RPNs

Here is a chance to help to change that!  Bring some RPN friends along too!

You are invited participate in a Research Study on the changing nature of nursing work.  This study originally included only RNs and NPs.  RPNAO advocated for the inclusion of RPNs in the study and is now supporting the RPN phase of this research. 

This online survey will take about 25 minutes to complete and your answers will help others understand the challenges you as a RPN face and how nursing is like and unlike other professions and occupations in Canada.

We need as many RPNs to complete the survey as possible…OUR TARGET IS 2000 RPN responses, but we think that you can beat that!  Please complete the survey and help us to spread the word by sharing this link with your colleagues.


Contact Barbara Jones bjones@rpnao.org for more information regarding results expected sometime in June 2019.


It's all About Synergies


Understanding the Role of the Registered Practical Nurse in Ontario's Health Care System

The purpose of this project was to invite Ontario's nurses, nurse leaders, nursing faculty and other health care experts to share their knowledge and insights regarding the critical factors that support or hinder the appropriate utilization of RPNs and their ability to optimize their scope of practice as a member of intra and inter professional health care teams.


For a copy of the report please contact Barbara Jones bjones@rpnao.org


High Functioning Nurse Teams: Collaborative Decisions for Quality Patient Care

NHSRU has just published their latest report, High Functioning Nurse Teams: Collaborative Decisions for Quality Patient Care. The project aims to describe and assess how RNs, RPNs and their clinical managers perceive high functioning nursing teams.

The report explores:

  • The link between individual attributes of team members and team performance
  • The characteristics of successful high functioning nurse teams
  • How team members work together seamlessly

Visit the NHSRU website to read a summary and view the report.


Annual Literature Review

RPNAO undertakes an annual review of scientific and academic literature to examine the methods, variables, and major research findings that include or specifically examine the RPN or similar role outside of Ontario and Canada.

RPNAO 2014 Literature Review

RPNAO 2013 Literature Review

Retaining RPNS: Impact on Quality Care 2012

There is an extensive body of literature on the factors associated with retention among nurses, although very little research focuses specifically on RPNs. RPNs were interviewed about their work experiences and asked to identify key factors affecting their ability to provide high-quality care. This report provides a summary of what was revealed through the focus groups.

Retaining RPNs: Impact on Quality Care- Final Report (November 19, 2012)

Retention and Recruitment Survey 2010

RPNAO identified ongoing challenges related to the limited amount of the Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) related research and the interpretation of available nursing research that supports sustainable decision making process specific to RPN. This limited knowledge continues to results in the role (utilization) of the RPN to remain largely misunderstood by peers, health care administrators and the public.

Recruitment and Retention Research

For more information on current research projects and publications please contact Barbara Jones bjones@rpnao.org


Building nursing role clarity on a foundation of knowledge and knowledge application

Authors: Dianne Martin, RPN, RN, MA and Annette Weeres, RN, MN

Healthcare Management Forum 1-4 ©2016

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Enhancing Role Clarity for the Practical Nurse A Leadership Imperative

Authors: Sara Lankshear, PhD, RN Janet Rush, PhD, RN Annette Weeres, MN, RN, Dianne Martin, MA, RPN, RN

 The Journal of Nursing Administration, JONA Volume 46, Number 6, pp 300-307

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