As highly regulated, public-sector unionized front-line health-care providers, registered nurses are impacted by an enormous variety of news events, legislative and policy changes.

From outbreaks of infectious diseases to provincial and federal budgets, RNs are affected. ONA’s highly professional, highly educated front-line registered nurses, nurse practitioners, registered practical nurses and allied health professionals are engaged and knowledgeable about all the latest news and policy developments that impact the care they can provide for their patients.

ONA’s Media Room is your one-stop shop to access news, images, and FAQs. As their union, ONA speaks on behalf of Ontario’s front-line nurses and allied health professionals.

Need a front-line health-care perspective on what’s making news? ONA has a professional and responsive media relations staff who can assist you. Media Relations Officer Sheree Bond is here to help you at 416-964-8833; ext. 2430 or (cell) 416-986-8240; email: shereeb@ona.org.

ONA media releases are available on our website and distributed via Canada Newswire.

Media Room

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Charged with the role of patient advocacy, nurses know and are obliged to speak out about the impact of many news developments and policy decisions. Front-line nurses speak out on an array of issues, as found in the below link.

Media Room

Behind the Front Lines

Reporters, like registered nurses, have suffered cutbacks and are under pressure to deliver. While they do an admirable job, Behind the Front Lines gives media a glimpse of the story behind the story from front-line RNs’ and allied health professionals’ view.

Read the latest issue:

In this issue:

  • Nursing shortage impacting patient care in other provinces
  • Hallway nursing: hospital overcrowding is not easing
  • Overcapacity crisis: RN cuts come back to haunt CHEO
  • Private surgery centres killing patients in U.S.

Read past issues:

In this issue:

  • Long-Term Care the Focus of Media Attention
  • Is Private, For-Profit Health Care Creeping In?
  • More Funding, But More RN Cuts in Southwestern Ontario
  • Canada’s Nurses Host Premiers in Edmonton

In this issue:

  • RNs per Capita: Ontario Still in Last Place
  • Private Physician Payments – Columnist Blames Nurses
  • Bad Hospital Discharges a Big Complaint

In this issue:

  •  Overcrowding in Ontario Hospitals Continues
  •  ONA Finds Court Decision “Sickening”
  •  College of Nurses Puts a Negative Spin on a Good-News Story
  •  First Responders Day: Most Nurses Still Excluded from PTSD Legislation

In this issue:

  • Workplace Violence Continues to Make the News
  • “Stalker MD Story” Misses the Biggest Point
  • Sunshine List: The Meaning Behind RN Salaries
  • Nurse-Artist Profiled

In this issue:

  • Nurse Practitioners in the News
  • Is Labour Looking at Trouble?
  • Brexit Vote Impacts Patient Care
  • Nurses Hoping to be Included in Federal PTSD Legislation

In this issue:

  • Surge, No Surprise to Nurses
  • Nurses Fear for Patient Care as FAO Releases New Report
  • Subtle Campaign to Expand Privatization Continues
  • RN Cuts Outrage Nurses

In this issue:

  • Labour Day Coverage
  • Premier’s Net Zero Announcement Too Late for Ontario RNs
  • Column on Labour Law Proposed Changes is Over-the-Top
  • Losing Canadian RNs: The Allure of International Nursing for New Grads

In this issue:

  • The First Test of “Lori’s Law” is Followed by Ottawa Media
  • Intense Interest in CAMH Trial by Toronto Media
  • Firing of London nurse for patient safety advocacy backfires
  • Zika Virus: Possible Patient-to-Caregiver Transmission

In this issue:

  • RN cuts in Ontario get attention
  • Effects of RN cuts, bed closures showing
  • Workplace violence trial underscores risks nurses face
  • Northern nurses celebrate Nursing Week by raising funds for the Red Cross

In this issue:

  • PTSD Legislation: ONA Speaks Out About Exclusion of Nurses
  • “Home Care” an Oxymoron?
  • Medically Assisted Death: RNs Concerned About Liability
  • ONA Representatives Travel the Province During Nursing Week

In this issue:

  • 2016 Kicks off with RN Cuts
  • A Spate of Violent Attacks at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
  • Provincial Budget Controversy
  • ONA’s “Nurses Know” Campaign Continues

In this “Year in Review” issue:

  • Fair and Extensive Coverage of the CCAC Strike
  • RN Cuts Continue Unabated
  • No Corner of the Province Immune to Cuts
  • Health Care Workplace Violence Takes Centre Stage
  • Nursing School Leaders Say Regulator is Failing RNs

In this issue:

  • ONA Launches “The Truth Hurts. Nurses Know” Campaign
  • Workplace Violence Finally Gets Some Media Attention
  • More Cuts at North Bay P3 Hospital
  • Flu Season is Here and the Vaccinate-or-Mask Story is Difficult to Report

Speak to an Expert

The Ontario Nurses’ Association has many experts who are knowledgeable and can discuss a wide range of issues including:
  • Patient Safety
  • Labour relations
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Nursing in Ontario
  • Health policy and economics
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Human rights and equity issues
  • Political action; and
  • Much more.

Simply contact Media Relations Officer Sheree Bond (shereeb@ona.org) for more information, or to arrange an interview with one of our experts.

ONA Fast Facts

65,000 – ONA members
18,000 – Nursing student affiliate members
63 – Number of ONA Locals
500+ – Number of ONA Bargaining Unit Presidents

ONA represents members in the following workplaces:

  • Hospitals.
  • Nursing Homes.
  • Homes for the Aged.
  • Public Health.
  • Local Health Integration Networks.
  • Home Care.
  • Clinics.
  • Industry.
  • Family Health Teams.
  • Community Health Centres.

ONA members include:

  • Registered nurses.
  • Nurse practitioners.
  • Registered practical nurses.
  • Occupational therapists.
  • Radiation therapists.
  • Physiotherapists.
  • Social workers.
  • Medical Radiation Technologists.
  • And more.