Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines

Recommendation 5.0 Nursing Professional/Regulatory
 
5.1 Professional associations, regulatory bodies and unions promote practices that result in preventing and mitigating factors of fatigue for nurses and other healthcare professionals that contribute to healthy work environments.
 
5.2 Professional associations and unions collaborate ,advocate for and promote a workplace culture that recognizes the impact of fatigue on both patient safety and nurses’ overall health and well-being
 
5.3 Nursing regulatory bodies develop standards of practice that recognize the impact of fatigue on patient safety and nurses’ overall health and well-being.  
 
5.4 Professional associations, regulatory bodies and unions promote the education of nurses regarding their professional responsibility and the impact of fatigue on practice.  
 
5.5 Professional associations, regulatory bodies and unions advocate for safe work environments with appropriate staffing models that include adequate RN staffing to address workload and overtime issues and scheduling practices that minimize fatigue. 
 
 5.6 Professional associations, regulatory bodies and unions support/encourage a healthy workplace environment for all health care professionals  
 
5.7 Regulatory bodies set practice standards and guidelines applicable to nurses and employers to ensure quality practice environments,
 
5.8 Unions, professional associations, and nursing regulatory bodies encourage nurses and organizations to identify, document and collaboratively address unsafe staffing conditions.