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Flatlining: The critical state of health care in Ontario

Steven Cedrone could be any patient. He suffered a spinal cord injury in April and was taken to the emergency room  of an Ontario hospital with severe back pain. Although he first arrived at the ER with normal feeling and function in his legs, bladder and bowels, he slowly started realizing things were getting worse. … We are Practical Nursing Read More »

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Finding Resilience in Nature  3 min read

Distress and burnout have plagued healthcare professionals (HCP) in recent years. A review of literature revealed consistent reports of stress, anxiety and depressive symptoms in HCPs as a result of COVID-19¹ Support for HCPs has included psychologi

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BEGIN a new career path 10 min read

Meagan Carter has wanted to become an RPN ever since she took an aptitude test in grade 8 that concluded she should be a nurse. Although she started in the RPN program, she switched to the personal support worker (PSW) course after only one semester

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Enough is Not Good Enough 4 min read

This summer, the pressures placed on nurses in Ontario reached a boiling point with ER closures in communities across the province. Our Minister of Health was shockingly out of touch, saying the closing of ERs was “not unprecedented,” especially

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Meet Lydia: Recipient of RExPN support  3 min read

In her first year of nursing school, Lydia Mead saw a posting for a WeRPN board member position. Now working as an RPN in in-patient surgery, she began her one-year term as Student Representative in October 2021.  Despite her heavy workload, Lyd

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WeRPN Announcements  2 min read

Dr. Leigh Chapman named CNO of Canada  Canada once again has a Chief Nursing Officer (CNO). Dr. Leigh Chapman was elected to represent nurses at the federal level and provide strategic advice to Health Canada.  The CNO position was disconti

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We are Grateful 2 min read

This will be my final President’s address, and it’s been the hardest one to write. I will step down in October and another President will take my place. I am grateful to have the opportunity to serve one more year as past president before leaving

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Board of Directors  3 min read

Region 2 Deanna Clatworthy Acclaimed  Deanna Clatworthy is a nurse, health educator and public speaker who is passionate about equitable, accessible and holistic healthcare for marginalized communities. She has extensive training in HIV, infecti

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The State of Nursing in Ontario: A 2022 Review  8 min read

Nursing in Ontario is in a state of crisis.  In May 2022, WeRPN commissioned a study to examine the issues currently facing nursing professionals in the province. The findings prove what many of us already fear: that for most nurses in Ontario,

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Queen’s Park Dispatches  5 min read

With the Ford government winning their second majority mandate and Minister Christine Elliott not running for re-election, changes were expected throughout the Ministry of Health.

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Championing Inclusive Healthcare, Q&A with Dr. Isaac Bogoch 7 min read

Dr. Isaac Bogoch has become a familiar face during the COVID-19 pandemic. In an interview with WeRPN, he reflects on what the pandemic has taught us about public health in Ontario –and how RPNs play a role in strategies moving forward.

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Nursing Outside the Box 23 min read

Opportunity is everywhere with an education in practical nursing. We talked to nurses who have used their nursing education and experience as the launching point to many different careers. While the careers of these RPNs are diverse, there’s one th

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