The Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada (ORNAC) promotes high standards of operating room nursing practice in order to promote quality nursing care in Canada.
Updated standards of nursing practice for publication simultaneously in both official languages every two years is a substantial undertaking. The 16th ORNAC Standards include 562 pages in English and 604 pages in French, with 928 references and 160 abbreviations.
We worked with a dedicated committee of volunteers meeting monthly for over 22 months to complete this latest edition. John Gregory acts as the Standards Coordinator for ORNAC producing these standards.
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Our annual delve back into the books we have read in the last year.
There is something of an unintentional historical thread to this collection of books. The history of the inhabitants of our planet, the history of aspects of medicine, the history of our societies, design and music. Our ranking is subjective, albeit based on our recommendations to others.
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“Every person deserves specialized wound, ostomy, and continence care.” The summit and proceedings call on the Government of Nova Scotia to strengthen patient access to specialized care.
In this case study, we look back at the development and publication of the proceedings report from the Nova Scotia wound, ostomy, and continence Summit in Halifax on September 22, 2022.
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The surgical creation of a urinary diversion is necessary for managing diseases affecting the urinary tract. Such procedures can be life altering. While not all urinary diversions are related to malignancy, bladder cancer is the leading cause for cystectomy and urinary diversion creation.
Prior to publication in 2022, there was no national Canadian evidence to promote standardization in the delivery of pre- and postoperative care for individuals undergoing a urinary diversion. In this case study, we look back at the development and publication of the Canadian Urinary Diversions Position Statement.
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Advocating for those with a disability in Ontario has become important to me. This post explains why I am supporting the work of Spinal Cord Injury Ontario (SCIO).
For many years, I have worked at the intersection of pressure injuries, safe patient handling, and spinal cord injury. In short, this led me to project manage policy work for SCIO on access and affordability of medical supplies. This was described in a previous case study. The relationship continued and I am chairing an SCIO advocacy committee. This is a two-pronged approach. One aspect is financing the advocacy work and a second in communicating the message for the needs of those with a disability.
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Our annual delve back into the books we have read in the last 12 months.
A trip around the world of geography and science. Several threads run through our collections of books. Our ranking is subjective; albeit based on us telling others that you must read this book or that. The books cover categories that include health, innovation, world history, geography, and words.
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The debridement of wounds has been a mainstay of management for centuries, yet debridement recommendations for nurses in Canada have not been standardized until now.
In this case study, we explore the development and launch of these debridement best practice recommendations by Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada, together with an accompanying position statement on nurses and debridement.
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Communicating adult concepts with children is a specialist skill. Little Medical School sits at that intersection of health and education.
Kids have so many questions, why being among the most common. Children have a tremendous natural curiosity. Through the pandemic, they have been exposed to more pseudo-medical jargon than ever before. Here we explore how Little Medical School Ottawa brings an activity-based approach to inspire children to learn more about their bodies and how we interact with our environment.
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A broad stakeholder group working through 2020 brought attention to the 33,000 people who use intermittent catheters every day in Ontario.
Individuals with a neurological condition, including a spinal cord injury (SCI), may not be able to empty their bladder on their own, which can lead to chronic urinary retention and serious health problems such as bladder damage or kidney disease. To prevent these problems from happening a catheter is used up to five times a day to drain the bladder, a process called intermittent catheterization. Here we explore a case study about the development and production of the policy report on behalf of Spinal Cord Injury Ontario.
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The World Health Organization defines the quality of care as “the extent to which health care services provided to individuals and patient populations improve desired health outcomes.”
Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada has evolved substantially since the first set of standards of practice were published in 1997 in what was formerly the Canadian Association of Enterostomal Therapy. In this case study, we explore aspects of these revised standards’ development and publication and highlight five lessons to take to the next project.
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