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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

posted: 20 July 2018

Call for Nominations

Dear OARN member,
Do you enjoy speaking out for nurses, health and health care? We are looking for members to join the OARN executive.
For 2018-2020, the OARN is seeking nominees for the following positions:
  • Policy and Political Action Executive Network Officer
  • Student Liaison Executive Network Officer
  • Social Media Executive Network Officer
  • Workplace Liaison Executive Network Officer
Candidates must be members in good standing of the applicable region, chapter or interest group and agree to serving for a two year term if elected. To submit your nomination please complete the nomination form and attach a brief statement outlining your interest in the position (max 250 words).
Please send nomination forms and statement to Irene Simpson – isimpson (at) hollandbloorview.ca by August 31, 2018.

Download the original notice (PDF) for distribution and the nomination form (MS Word format).

CNA Certification Discovery Week - January 28 - February 3 2018

It’s time to boast about the impact of your CNA certification!

To honour and promote your achievements and the impact you have had on your patients as a certified nurse, CNA is launching its second CNA Certification Discovery Week, January 28-February 3, 2018. Our goal this year is to have 100 nurses as our Ambassadors. We invite you to join the celebration and share the benefits of your CNA certification with your colleagues.

For more information please read below.

Update: 2018 RNFOO Award Winners Announced


The 2018 RNFOO award winners have been announced.


The Registered Nurses´ Foundation of Ontario (RNFOO) has announced that the applications for the 2018 RNFOO Awards and Scholarships must be submitted by January 22, 2018. Check the RNFOO website and awards brochure to confirm deadlines and eligibility requirements.

The Registered Nurses' Foundation of Ontario (RNFOO) is a charitable organization that provides financial support for 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.

Information about the awards process can be found on the RNFOO website.

Rehab Relay - Call for Submissions


Attention OARN Members:


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 the OARN webmaster (webmaster at oarn dot ca) or use our contact form.

updated: May 2, 2017

Rehab Nursing in the News


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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