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Partner Profile: RNAO

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About the RNAO

The RNAO is the professional association representing registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nursing students in Ontario.

Since 1925, RNAO has advocated for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses’ contribution to shaping the health-care system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve.

One of the activities RNAO has become known for in their support of nursing practice, is the development the Best Practice Guidelines (BPG). Among the 50 published RNAO guidelines, Preventing Falls and Reducing Injury from Falls 4th edition guideline have become a useful resource for nurses and allied health care providers working with adults who are at risk of falls. The RNAO and ONF are long time partners with a shared goal to strengthen fall prevention efforts and reduce falls.

Fall Prevention Focus

The RNAO fall prevention BPG have gone through four iterations since their first release in 2002; the current edition focusses on older adults in the hospital and long-term care settings.

RNAO and ONF interests align at all levels with a specific goal to see knowledge brought into practice  through effective implementation approaches that lead to a reduction in falls. Based on these measures the RNAO publishes Evidence Boosters, infographics that present the direct results of implementation activities, including healthcare implications and cost savings. Based on the Evidence Booster released in the fall of 2017, analysis demonstrates a cost savings of approximately $548,000 CAD as result of implementation of the Prevention of Falls and Fall Injuries in the Older Adult, 2011 (3rd Ed.) and the Risk Assessment and Prevention of Pressure Ulcers, 2011 (2nd Ed.).

Recognizing a challenge in the healthcare system is the first step to addressing the issue.  Research and knowledge products help to inform best practices for providers and program developers but in order to ensure systematic change in practice an implementation science strategy must be integrated. RNAO and ONF have built a partnership based on a joint interest in using implementation science and will continue to work together on knowledge mobilization activities like the Fall Prevention Month Campaign and the Loop Fall Prevention Community of Practice as well as evolving implementation efforts.

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