Articles By: Melissa Di Costanzo

Volunteer RNs at RNAO see equal parts ‘give’ and ‘get’
Volunteer RNs at RNAO see equal parts ‘give’
and ‘get’

Emily Monaco, Joyce Tsui, Christina Moldovan and Cathie Gernaey are executive network officers (ENO) for their chapters or interest groups within the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO). They are among the more than 300 ENOs who play an instrumental ...

Posted: November 19, 2013|Nursing Pulse|0 comments

Trauma of SARS helps RN see that nursing is a true calling
Trauma of SARS helps RN see that nursing is a
true calling

Ten years ago, Saverina Sanchez was ready to quit nursing for good. Today, she’s a clinical manager and has her baccalaureate as well as her master’s degree in nursing, all thanks to the strength she was able to build during ...

Posted: October 10, 2013|Nursing Pulse|0 comments

Celebrating a decade of evidence-based care
Celebrating a decade of evidence-based care

On the 10th anniversary of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario’s (RNAO) Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) initiative, nurses share their successes implementing evidence-based guidelines into daily practice. Gordon’s* foot ulcer was just not healing. The toonie-sized wound, located below the ...

Posted: August 7, 2013|Columns, Nursing Pulse|0 comments

Nurses meet with politicians in the community, and at work
Nurses meet with politicians in the community, and
at work

For the last 14 years, registered nurses (RN) have visited Queen’s Park to meet one-on-one with MPPs and cabinet ministers. Dubbed Queen’s Park Day (QP Day), this tradition, hosted by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO), allows RNs, nurse ...

Posted: May 6, 2013|Columns, Nursing Pulse|0 comments

Conquering cancer
Conquering cancer

Nurses have a unique role to play in the lives of patients diagnosed with cancer. In the November/December 2012 issue of Registered Nurse Journal, the flagship publication of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO), Melissa Di Costanzo looks at ...

Posted: February 4, 2013|Uncategorized|0 comments

Conquering cancer
Conquering cancer

Nurses have a unique role to play in the lives of patients diagnosed with cancer. In the November/December 2012 issue of Registered Nurse Journal, the flagship publication of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO), Melissa Di Costanzo looks at ...

Posted: February 1, 2013|Columns, Nursing Pulse|0 comments

Better health through group care
Better health through group care

Nurse practitioners play a vital role in Ontario’s health system. The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) has been advocating for greater recognition of the role, and recently celebrated regulatory changes that allow NPs to discharge hospital in-patients within their ...

Posted: November 2, 2012|Columns, Nursing Pulse|0 comments

A last resort: Alternatives to restraint use improve safety and quality of life
A last resort: Alternatives to restraint use improve
safety and quality of life

Laura Wagner first used a restraint in the mid-90s, when she was a nursing student. She admits being unaware of the potential for injury – or even death – that could be linked to the device. At the time, Wagner ...

Posted: September 4, 2012|Nursing Pulse|0 comments

RN advocates for our tiniest citizens
RN advocates for our tiniest citizens

Leanne Tyler remembers a time when she worked with newborns in northern Ontario who had been exposed to inhalants such as gas while still in the womb. She observed a shift in the 90s, when the drug of choice was ...

Posted: August 7, 2012|Nursing Pulse|0 comments

Discovering the link between nursing and healthy policy
Discovering the link between nursing and healthy policy

Samantha Fox almost became a nursing school drop-out. The 23-year-old was in her second year of nursing at the University of Western Ontario (UWO), completing a practicum in general surgery at London’s Victoria Hospital, when she became disenchanted and discouraged. She ...

Posted: June 4, 2012|Nursing Pulse|0 comments

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