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Message from the OARN President

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Dear Ontario Rehabilitation Nursing Colleagues:
I am honoured to serve as the President of the Ontario Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (OARN). I have been a member of the executive for 6 years as Director of Finance. I have worked in Paediatric Rehabilitation for the past 20 years and am very passionate about rehabilitation nursing. I am now excited to move into the role of President and look forward to collaborating with the executive and members to develop a new strategic plan.
Despite the economic turmoil of the past few years, our membership has remained steady and we are working closely with the Canadian Association of Rehabilitation Nurses to represent your voice as a rehabilitation nurse on the national stage. As members who work across the continuum of care, I encourage you to get involved in OARN. You can participate in one meeting or several, perhaps volunteer to sit on the executive for OARN, or you may want to send a letter or article to our newsletter. This is your organization and I want to be able to represent you and advocate for rehabilitation patients across the province.
Please explore our website and see the wide variety of resources provided to help you and your colleagues enhance their knowledge. Our website also lists upcoming conferences (related to rehabilitation), education resources, links to webcasts and in our members’ only section - access to our executive meeting minutes, strategic plan and newsletter.
Thank you for your continued commitment to the art and science of rehabilitation nursing.
Best wishes,
Irene Simpson
President, Ontario Association of Rehabilitation Nurses


UPDATE: 2014 RNFOO Award Winners Announced

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Congratulations to the 2014 RNFOO Award Winners.

RNFOO is a charitable organization that provides financial support for Registered Nurses and nursing students in Ontario to further their educational studies, conduct nursing and health care research, and support community health initiatives. Awards and Scholarships are available for study at the certificate, undergraduate and graduate levels.

There are awards available for students enrolled in RPN programs, baccalaureate nursing studies (post-diploma, 4 year, and 2nd level entry), Graduate studies (Masters, Nurse Practitioner, and PhD), and for RNs undertaking continuing education or special projects.

Information about the awards process can be found on the RNFOO website. The RNFOO Awards Brochure contains details about the awards that are available.

posted: December 5, 2013

updated: February 5, 2014

updated: July 3, 2014



RN Journal is Looking to Speak with Rehabilitation Nurses

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Registered Nurse Journal, your bi-monthly publication, is looking for RNs who have injured their backs while on the job. Research is underway for a magazine feature that profiles the lives of members who have faced the challenge of back injury as a direct result of nursing, and who are open to sharing the impact this injury has had on their work and their lives. We want to hear your story.

According to Health Canada,

“…research on the Canadian workforce consistently indicates that health-care workers have a greater risk of workplace injuries than any other occupational group, with nursing personnel having considerably more sick time than those employed in other occupations.”

Have you been injured caring for your patients? Tell us what happened, and how this injury has changed your life and your nursing career.

Every story is different. And every story is unique.

Email editor@RNAO.ca or Kimberley Kearsey, Managing Editor/Communications Project Manager directly at kkearsey@RNAO.ca. You could be profiled in an upcoming issue of the magazine.

posted: August 30, 2013



Rehab Relay - Call for Submissions

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Attention OARN Members:

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Do you have a story, article, update or information that you would like to share as part of our OARN electronic newsletter? If so, please email your submission to Sherry Daigle at sdaigle@ottawahospital.on.ca.


updated: May 30, 2011



Rehab Nursing in the News

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Standards of Practice for Rehabilitation Nurses


From the introduction to the Standards of Practice booklet:

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As the professional association for rehabilitation nurses, the Ontario Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (OARN) is responsible for establishing standards for professional rehabilitation nursing practice. ... The standards for rehabilitation nursing practice describe a competent level of professional care and professional practice common to all rehabilitation nurses engaged in clinical practice. The development of nursing standards describes the responsibilities for which its practitioners are accountable and are essential for ensuring that quality care is provided to clients.

Free for new members. Request additional copies, now only $2.50 each for members, $5.00 for non-members (taxes, shipping and handling included).


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