On June 28, 2018, WeRPN hosted a Research Think Tank in Toronto, bringing together 40 experts in nursing research, health workforce research and planning, nursing and health administration and health education to brainstorm about research needed to demonstrate the value impact of an optimized RPN role in our healthcare system, particularly on patient outcomes.
Participants engaged in a number of exercises throughout the day designed to explore not only priority research questions but also potential data sources and study methods, principal investigators and funding sources. Many ideas were generated and there was strong enthusiasm for the development of RPN related research.
Special guest Dr. Jack Needleman, a globally respected UCLA researcher in nursing skill mix, health economics and patient safety, delivered a keynote. Dr Needleman address the current state of nursing skill mix research, concluding that little if any is applicable to the unique situation in Ontario. He highlighted the need for further research focused on matching nurses to patient need. Previous and well known research in nursing skill mix has not studied this.