Articles By: Melissa Di Costanzo

A safe sleep
A safe sleep

Windsor NP Elyse Maindonald (left) chaired RNAO’s safe sleep BPG panel and says nurses must be role models to new parents like Hali Sitarz and her daughter Blair. It was early morning on June 17, 2004 when Yolanda Guitar and ...

Posted: December 2, 2014|Nursing Pulse|0 comments

Education program enhances dementia care
Education program enhances dementia care

Before every shower, Jerry* would resist, kick, hit and yell. Staff at The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) couldn’t understand why bathing caused him such anxiety. A dementia patient on the hospital’s mental-health unit, his methods of communicating discomfort were limited to ...

Posted: November 2, 2014|Nursing Pulse|0 comments

Two registered nurses who don’t let obstacles stand in their way
Two registered nurses who don’t let obstacles stand in
their way

Lorrie Reynolds One of the first things patients notice about Lisa McKay is the set of white, DJ-calibre headphones she sports around her neck or over her ears at Pembroke Regional Hospital’s ER intensive care unit. The RN uses them ...

Posted: September 1, 2014|Nursing Pulse|0 comments

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

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