In January 2006, the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) and the University of Ottawa established the Nursing Best Practice Research Centre (NBPRC) through funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to focus on nursing best practice research.
The University of Ottawa is one of the largest nursing schools in Canada with 1500 students currently registered in several programs in English and French (BScN, Post-RN, Nurse-Practitioner, MScN, PhD). The School of Nursing has a PhD program in Nursing which was launched in the fall 2004. The NBPRC will contribute to the scholarship development in all programs and will help distinguish the University of Ottawa as a leading center in nursing research in Canada.
The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario is the professional association representing registered nurses in Ontario. It is the strong, credible voice leading the nursing profession to influence and promote healthy public policy. RNAO's mission is to pursue healthy public policy and to promote the full participation of registered nurses in shaping and delivering health services now and in the future. RNAO believes that health is a resource for everyday living and health-care a universal human right.
The Best Practice Guideline (BPG) Program has engaged a community of active learners that includes nurses from all domains of nursing in a variety of activities: guideline development, BPG Champions Network, BPG Education Demonstration Projects (integrating BPGs in the curriculum of more than 20 schools of nursing), Pilot implementations sites, Best Practice “Spotlight” organizations implementing multiple BPGs, Annual BPG Summer Institute, biennial international BPG conference and BPG PhD Fellowships.
On August 20th 2008 the new headquarters of the NBPRC was officially opened at the University of Ottawa. Located in Roger Guidon Hall, the new facility includes offices for professors, graduate students and research staff as well as a seminar room and a secure filing system for confidential research files. In addition to the new physical space, the Centre also produces a yearly report that showcases research initiatives underatken by its members in Ontario, Canada and internationally. As the Centre continues to grow, it remains highly committed to the continues collaboration to forster nursing research excellence related to the implementation and impact of clinical and healthy work environment best practice guidelines in nursing and health care settings.