Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines

Suggested strategies for demonstrating respect for nurses

 -Allow alternative work arrangements (Duxbury & Higgins, 2003) including flexible scheduling, flex-time policies and telework
 -Offer a variety of shift lengths including 8, 10 and 12 hours
 -Provide childcare
 -Provide a limited number of days of paid leave per year for child care, elder care or personal problems (Duxbury & Higgins, 2003)
 -Examine cultural awareness and barriers to leadership for visible minorities — see the RNAO Healthy Work Environments Best Practice Guideline on Embracing Cultural Diversity in Health Care: Developing Cultural Competence (RNAO, 2007)
 -Tailor professional development programs to a variety of learning needs
 -Use technology to offer professional development or in-service sessions throughout the 24-hour period
 -Offer coaching and mentoring to boost the confidence of younger, less-experienced staff (Storr, 2004)

For a full list of references, please refer to the guideline at