We hope that you have had a wonderful holiday season connecting with family and friends, and that your New Year has been begun well! For OFPN, 2017 has the potential for historic, and exciting change for our Interest Group. The change relates to our name. In our last communication, you were sent a backgrounder that discussed the current healthcare environment and political discourse surrounding the reasons for changing our name. We had many members respond directly to our request for feedback, and all were positively in favour of a name change. In light of this feedback, we are approaching you again to vote on changing our name.
Please access this survey asking you to vote whether you agree to a name change, and if yes, to select from two name choices. If you support an OFPN name change, we ask you to consider the proposed names Primary Care Nurses of Ontario, or Ontario Primary Care Nurses. Each member will have until March 1, 2017 to vote. I appreciate the time and consideration that this will take each member. I am also keenly aware of the historical nature of this decision, and offer thanks to the members who have ensure that OFPN has thrived and succeeded in giving a voice to Primary Care Nurses in Ontario. Please, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns do not hesitate to reach out to us.
Sheena Howard, RN, BScN
Primary Care Nurse
President – RNAO OFPN IG
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Oct 18, 2016: The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care's Patient's First: Action Plan for Health Care promotes the importance of Primary Care as central to enhanced care for Ontarians. In order to achieve enahanced access to Primary Care Services, The MOHLTC has announced a strong commitment to investing in Primary Care in Ontario with funding to support the recruitment and retention of non-physician health care professionals. Aimed at addressing pay inequities in the primary care sector, the funding will be rolled out over the next three years. This is exceptional news for Primary Care teams and, most importantly, for enhanced access to excellent inter-professional care care.