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PHO Grand Rounds: RNAO’s Best Practice Guidelines – Process and Outcomes
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: 661 University Ave, 17th Floor Toronto, ON M5G 1M1 Boardroom 17-53
Health Promotion
City: Toronto
Type: PHO Grand Rounds
Format: In Person; Webinar

Note: This is an open invitation, and may be forwarded to interested parties.

This presentation will highlight the work of the International Affairs and Best Practice Guideline Centre (IABPG) at the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO). The Program was launched by the RNAO in 1999 with funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

The presenters will discuss the three main pillars of the IABPG Program.These include:

  • Guideline development
  • Guideline dissemination, implementation and sustainability
  • Monitoring and evaluation, as well as the overall impact of the program on organizations and health systems.

The presentation will also feature discussion of the Best Practice Spotlight Organization Designation and its effectiveness as a knowledge transfer strategy as well as the Nursing Quality Indicators for Reporting and Evaluation as a unique data base system of critical Best Practice Guidelines based indicators. Finally the presentation will showcase how the BPG Program has enabled individuals, organizations and systems to focus on evidence based practice and policy, leading to clinical excellence, and better client outcomes, across all sectors, globally.

DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.​​

Presenters: Dr. Irmajean Bajnok, Dr. Michelle Rey, Ms. Heather McConnell and Dr. Yaw Owusu

Dr. Irmajean Bajnok is the Director of International Affairs and Best Practice Guidelines Programs at RNAO. She oversees the development, dissemination, support for implementation, and evaluation of the RNAO Best Practice Guidelines in both clinical nursing and healthy work environment areas. Irmajean brings a wealth of knowledge from her extensive career spanning practice, academic, administrative, and research roles.

Dr. Michelle Rey is the Associate Director, Guideline Development at RNAO. Michelle oversees the research and evidence development teams who conduct systematic reviews, and the methodology for guideline development. Michelle is also leading the development of RNAO’s patient and public engagement strategy. Michelle has a certificate in Clinical Epidemiology and a PhD in Medical Genetics from the University of Toronto, and BSc and MSc degrees in Biochemistry from Queens University.
Ms. Heather McConnell is the Associate Director - Guideline Implementation and Knowledge Transfer at the RNAO. In this role, she leads a multi-faceted implementation program to support the uptake of evidence in practice. This includes a range of strategies directed towards the individual, organization and systems level. Heather is a senior member of the Nursing Best Practice Research Centre and is an active member of the Executive Committee.
Dr. Yaw Owusu is the Associate Director, Research and Evaluation, at the RNAO. He leads the eHealth portfolio and NQuIRE data system related to research and evaluation of the Best Practice Guideline Program. He brings a strong appreciation of large data systems, evidence-based policy, and economic analysis.

Public Health Ontario Grand Rounds are approved for continuing medical education from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. 

PHO Grand Rounds are also approved by Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI). For more information, contact 


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