Taking the initiative to help improve care

Jennifer Brunet with Barbara Jones
RPN Jennifer Brunet (right) with Barbara Jones, Director, RPN Innovation and Impact, RPNAO. Photo submitted.
Posted on: November 26, 2019

Jennifer Brunet has worked as a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) at Almonte General Hospital for almost two years. When she moved back to the area from Alberta, she already knew where she wanted to be. “I had my heart set on working at Almonte General Hospital. My family in Almonte raved about the hospital and the great care.”

Now, Jennifer is helping to ensure that care is the best it can be.  She submitted a proposal to a competition for the close to 50,000 RPNs in Ontario called the RPN Innovation and Impact Challenge. Her project was chosen and approved, resulting in a $10,000 grant from the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (RPNAO) to explore ways that nurses in Almonte can work up to their full scope of practice. Her proposal focuses on enhancing the role of Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) at AGH and supporting role clarity for both RPNs and Registered Nurses (RNs).  

“I want to help elevate the role of RPNs and ensure we are working to our full potential,” Jennifer explains. “That means examining the role of RPNs and of RNs and growing together. We want to contribute and do more to free up RNs to provide specialized care when it is needed.”

Almonte General Hospital is the first hospital in Ontario to benefit from this research project. Jennifer is receiving project management training and will work with the RPN Association to enhance learning at AGH. Experts will also be coming to Almonte to evaluate nursing processes and provide input into potential changes.

Jennifer was one of four RPNs in Ontario whose proposal was accepted. “Congratulations to Jennifer for taking the initiative to apply for this exciting grant opportunity and thank you to Joyce Rolph, Chief Nursing Executive, for supporting Jennifer’s application,” noted Mary Wilson Trider, President & CEO. “It is a great opportunity to learn together and continually improve care.”

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