As a Nurse Practitioner (NP), the critical work that you do every day helps to keep Ontarians healthy and safe. We understand the issues you face in your work because we have experienced them first-hand.
The Ontario Nurses’ Association is the leading voice in efforts to ensure that you are recognized and acknowledged through collective agreements and workplace contracts.
And our efforts representing NPs are paying off. There was a major breakthrough in the 2016 round of hospital central bargaining with an average of 6.35% wage increase for NPs’ start rates.
The contract established a minimum base start rate of $48.70 for NPs which is a significant building block for future bargaining to achieve a harmonized wage grid for NPs in Ontario hospitals. This recognition is imperative to the recruitment and retention of NPs and maintaining the quality of health care.
ONA has proven to be effective in our work advancing the interests of nurse practitioners to government:
- Meeting with ministers, the Chief Nursing Officer of Ontario and their staff regularly.
- As a member of the Joint Provincial Nursing Committee of Ontario, along with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, College of Nurses of Ontario, nurse researchers, academics, employer groups, and nursing associations.
- With a province-wide campaign, Recognize violence. Report it fighting for a comprehensive strategy to stop workplace violence.
- With Nurses Know, a province-wide campaign demanding a moratorium on RN cuts.
As an ONA member, you have direct access to our services and membership benefits including:
- Access to our Legal Expense Assistance Plan (LEAP) for practice-related issues. See our fact sheet on LEAP.
- Our professional education programs, with many workshops conducted across the province.
- The Professional Responsibility Clause which provides you a way to report practice concerns in your workplace. See our fact sheet on this process that enables you to address concerns about your ability to practice safely and have a manageable workload.
- Professional practice specialists, health and safety professionals, WSIB specialists, and human rights and equity specialists who can assist you with these issues.
- ONA benefits program which provides base long-term disability for members not covered through their employer.
In everything that we do, we are committed to improving the economic welfare and quality of work-life for our members, enabling them to provide high-quality health care.
To find out more about ONA or to inquire how you can join ONA, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.