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Do you worry about the quality of care you can provide?

ONA's professional responsibility clause can help! Your collective agreement contains a process that lets you address concerns about your professional practice and workload. Reporting unsafe resident care or practice to your employer is your professional responsibility

Why Use It?

The professional responsibility clause:

  • Gives you a say in the quality of care you provide
  • Provides a problem-solving approach that helps you meet professional standards
  • Provides documented evidence
  • Provides you with union representation for practice concerns
  • Provides for resolution of disputes

What To Do

Obtain a Professional Responsibility Workload Report Form - forms are available in the Charge Nurse office. Please contact the executive member responsible for Professional Responsibility Complaints (click here to send an email) Fill out the form every time the employer creates an unsafe and/or unprofessional practice or setting. This form is a start of a paper trail to show there is an ongoing problem that needs a response from your employer.

When To Use The Form

  • Fill out a form when you encounter the following on your unit:
  • Inadequate/inappropriate staff for acuity
  • New residents admitted to unit with inadequate staff
  • Staff not given adequate orientation and / or mentorship in area assigned
  • Workload that could threaten the health and safety of residents and / or staff
  • Lack of adequate equipment and / or supplies
  • Any employer practice, policy or situation that is detrimental to resident care

How To Complete The Form

Focus on:

  • Practice: How was your practice affected? Identify professional / CNO standards you feel you had trouble meeting
  • Resident care factors: For example: admissions, return from hospital, increased number of falls, HIR, Exacerbated behaviours, palliative.
  • For further assistance click here to instructions on how to complete the form.

Still have questions - click here to send an email to the executive member responsible for Professional Practice Concerns