Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines

Purpose and Scope

It identifies and describes:

  • leadership practices that result in healthy outcomes for patients/clients, organizations and systems;
  • system resources that support effective leadership practices;
  • organizational culture, values and resources that support effective leadership practices;
  • personal resources that support effective leadership practices; and
  • anticipated outcomes of effective nursing leadership.

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This guideline addresses:

  • knowledge, competencies and behaviour of effective leaders, in both formal and informal nursing leadership roles;
  • educational requirements and strategies that can be used by formal and informal nursing leaders;
  • policy changes at both the organizational and system levels needed to support and sustain leadership practices, including those at the point-of-care;
  • implementation strategies and tools;
  • evaluation criteria and tools; and
  • future research opportunities.