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UPDATE: 2015 RNFOO Award Winners Announced

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archived: December 2015

posted: March 30, 2015

Congratulations to the 2015 RNFOO Award Winners including OARN's own Sherry Daigle. Sherry is the 2015 recipient of the Donna Kettyle Award.

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.

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archived: December 2015

posted: August 2015

Royal Ottawa OSI Education Conference: Grief and Mental Health

When: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Where: The Royal (Associates in Psychiatry Auditorium)

Address: 1145 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1Z 7K4

Description: Presented by the Royal's Operational Stress Injury (OSI) Clinic, the purpose of this conference is to explicate the intrinsic roles that loss, grief, and mourning play in mental health. This 1-day workshop is facilitated by Dr. Therese A. Rando, Clinical Director of The Institute for the Study and Treatment of Loss. Synthesizing clinical and research findings – plus integrating the psychological, thanatological, and trauma literatures – Dr. Rando will examine both how loss is a major precipitant for a wide variety of mental health disorders, as well as which assessment instruments and intervention strategies promote mental health. Topics include:

More Information: For contact information and registration, please visit OSI 2015 Education Conference Registration.

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archived: August 2015

posted: December 2014

update: February 2015

update: May 2015

Canadian Association Rehabilitation Nurses 2015 Conference

Lighting the Future!

Update: Pre-Conference Cancelled. For more information visit www.carn.ca.

Register on or before May 15th to qualify for a chance to win free registration. See http://carn.ca/news-events/win-free-registration-for-carn-2015-conference/.

When: June 2, 2015 (Pre-Conference) and June 3 - June 5, 2015 (Main Conference)

Where: Fantasyland Hotel, West Edmonton Mall, Edmonton, AB

Description: The Board of CARN, along with the organizing committee of the Alberta Chapter, is pleased to invite you to come together to share stories and celebrate successes. We are constantly seeking innovative ways to improve patient and family outcomes.

Abstract Submission: Now Closed.
February 13, 2015 - Authors notified of abstract selection.

Due January 9, 2015. Download the abstract submission information (MS Word) document for formats, selection criteria, process and guidelines as well as the submission form.

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archived: March 2015

posted: January 2015

Legal Issues in Consent, Documentation and Confidentiality

for Health Care and Counselling Professionals

When: Friday, March 06, 2015 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Where: The Royal (Associates in Psychiatry Auditorium)

Address: 1145 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, ON, K1Z 7K4

Description: The workshop is designed to provide healthcare and counselling professionals with an understanding of some of the key legal issues that govern their professional lives, including: consent and capacity; documentation; confidentiality; disclosure; and the duty to warn. The workshop highlights some common sense rules for anticipating and avoiding legal problems. Reference is made to the leading Canadian cases and relevant provincial legislation. The participants will be encouraged to ask questions throughout the workshop and will have an opportunity to ask individual questions during the breaks, lunch and following the workshop.

More Information: For more information or to register please visit http://www.theroyal.ca.

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archived: March 2015

posted: January 2015

Championing Wound Care Best Practices in Primary Care
Professional Development Opportunity

Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses in clinical leadership positions in primary care are invited to apply for funding to attend the RNAO Wound Care Institute in Hilton Hotel Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls, ON

RNAO Best Practices in Wound Care Institute: Minding the Gap


This institute provides opportunities to learn about the best practices in wound care through interactive dialogue with experts, case studies, demonstrations and hands-on application labs. This Institute includes Foundational and Advanced Streams.

Funding Application Deadline*: Feb. 9, 2015 at 12 noon EST

Funding covers all expenses, including registration and travel. The Wound Care Institute is a residential learning opportunity with a mission to reduce the physiological, psychological, and the fiscal burden of wounds throughout Ontario by building clinical expertise using best practice guidelines (BPG) related to wound care.

NOTE: Submission of an application does not confirm registration or participation. Please fully complete the application online here: Funding Application by Monday February 9, 2015 at 12 noon EST to be considered. Space is limited. All applications are subject to review. Successful applicants will be notified via e-mail by Friday February 13, 2015.


Foundational Stream

When: Sunday March 1, 2015 to Friday March 6, 2015

Where: Hilton Hotel Niagara Falls

Address: 6361 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON

Description: The foundational stream builds on clinical expertise using best practice guidelines related to wound care. For more information and to register please visit Foundational Stream Registration.

Advanced Stream

When: Tuesday March 3, 2015 to Friday March 6, 2015

Where: Hilton Hotel Niagara Falls

Address: 6361 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON

Description: The advanced stream focuses on leadership capacity in wound care best practice guideline implementation and evaluation (geared to those with wound care experience or previous RNAO wound care institute attendees). For more information and to register please visit Advanced Stream Registration.

*Information in this post is believed to be accurate and is based on information provided by RNAO. However, please check the RNAO/WCI information and registration websites for any updates or modifications and to confirm eligibility criteria.

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archived: March 2015

posted: January 2015

2015 Traumatic Brain Injury Conference

When: January 30, 2015

Where: Allstream Centre, Toronto

Address: 105 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto, ON, M6K 3C3

Description: This is a must-attend event for healthcare practitioners who contend with traumatic brain injury in their practice: physicians, therapists, nurses, social workers, program service managers, researchers and service providers from rehabilitation, insurance and legal organizations. Participate in interactive discussions, workshops and four fantastic plenary sessions in this one-day forum that will familiarize you with rehabilitation in all areas of traumatic brain injury. We will be having over 10 posters and will be incluing a rapid podium presentation this year as well.

More Information: For more information or to register please visit UHN Conference Registration.

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RN Journal is Looking to Speak with Rehabilitation Nurses

archived: March 2015

posted: August 30, 2013

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.

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