Nursing Students are Affiliate Members of ONA
The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is the union that represents 60,000 registered nurses and allied health professionals and more than 14,000 nursing student affiliates who provide care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community, clinics and industry throughout the province.
Almost all nursing students in the province are automatically affiliate members of ONA. If you are studying nursing at a college or university in Ontario, you are most likely an affiliate member of ONA and have the right to participate in the activities of your union including education workshops and membership meetings.
ONA on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)
ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, wrote to the Executive Director and CEO of the College of Nurses of Ontario requesting that the CNO allow applicants additional rewrites of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) and not require an applicant to complete another nursing program where an applicant has unsuccessfully written the NCLEX. In addition, ONA also requested amendments to allow temporary registrants to continue working under the temporary class when they have been unsuccessful in writing the NCLEX.
Read the College of Nurses' of Ontario's response to Linda's letter regarding the NCLEX (letter dated September 1, 2015)
November 12, 2015: The College of Nurses of Ontario released a briefing note about the NCLEX exam. Click here to download and read it.
March 8, 2016: ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud wrote a letter to Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins to eliminate the three-write limit. Read the letter here.
May 18, 2016: The Council of Ontario Universities (COU) has announced the development of innovative new competency-based courses to help prepare internationally educated nurses to launch their registered nursing careers in Ontario. Some key features of the initiative will include:
- Baccalaureate-level courses in the competency areas of ethical practice, self-regulation, professional responsibility and accountability, and service to the public.
- Intensive fundamentals courses in English-language for nurses, academic and professional writing, and the culture of nursing in Canada. These courses will provide the foundation for success in subsequent baccalaureate-level nursing courses for those IENs who need it.
- Online delivery to allow for maximum access and flexibility, combined with some face-to-face hands-on learning.
Nursing student affiliate members are encouraged to participate in the free education offered by ONA. Check out the workshop calendar to find out what's being offered and when you need to register. You should register for workshops in the same way that all ONA members do, by contacting the Membership Education and Events Team (MEET) prime.Nursing Graduate Guarantee for New Ontario Graduate Nurses
The Nursing Graduate Guarantee for New Ontario Graduate Nurses is a program of the Government of Ontario that is aimed at ensuring new nursing graduates (RN and RPN) will have the opportunity to work full-time in the province. Through this program the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care provides funding for temporary full-time nursing positions that, based on the needs of and money available to the participating employers, last for a minimum of 12 weeks (3 months) and a maximum of 32 weeks (7.5 months).
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Comments & Suggestions
Nursing student affiliate memberships in ONA is still new. So as you get involved in your union, please share your thoughts and suggestions about what ONA can do for you.
Do you think there are enough registered nurses working to care for patients in Ontario?