The Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (RPNAO) is committed to supporting excellence in healthcare. Today, RPNAO was very encouraged by the release of the Long Term Care Home Public Inquiry Final Report and the recommended actions put forward by Commissioner Gillese.
Everyday throughout Ontario, RPNs provide direct care to thousands of patients across a wide range of healthcare settings. With an estimated 43,000 RPNs currently practicing, Ontario’s RPNs constitute the second largest group of regulated health professionals in our health care system, and about one third of our province’s nursing workforce. In some sectors like long term and home care, RPNs make up even larger proportions of the nursing workforce.
As nurses we are familiar with current practice of controlled substances where medical cannabis is prescribed, but legalization of non-medical cannabis will require nurses to have a greater understanding of our role and the patient implications of non-medical cannabis.