About RNAO

The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing RNs, NPs and nursing students in Ontario.

It is the strong, credible voice leading the nursing profession to influence and promote healthy public policy.

Since 1925, we have advocated for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses' contribution to shaping the health-care system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve.

RNAO boasts more than 41,000 members in Ontario and abroad.

Our mission is to foster knowledge-based nursing practice, promote quality work environments, deliver excellence in professional development, and advance healthy public policy to improve health. We promote the full participation of present and future registered nurses in improving health, and shaping and delivering health-care services.
We believe health is a resource for everyday living and health care is a universal human right. We respect human dignity and are committed to diversity, inclusivity, equity, social justice, democracy and voluntarism. We value leadership in all nursing roles across all sectors, in order to advance individual and collective health. Through collective leadership, we collaborate with nurses, government, organizations and the public to advance healthy public policy.

Our mission is to foster knowledge-based nursing practice, promote quality work environments, deliver excellence in professional development, and advance healthy public policy to improve health. We promote the full participation of present and future registered nurses in improving health, and shaping and delivering health-care services.


We believe health is a resource for everyday living and health care is a universal human right. We respect human dignity and are committed to diversity, inclusivity, equity, social justice, democracy and voluntarism. We value leadership in all nursing roles across all sectors, in order to advance individual and collective health. Through collective leadership, we collaborate with nurses, government, organizations and the public to advance healthy public policy.