Where are we today with Practice and Research? Complementary Therapies Event

Aril 4th 2014 5:30- 9:00 at Hospice of Windsor

Featuring Speaker Kim Watson RN, DPHN, MScN, Holistic Practitioner is the President of the RNAO-CTNIG (Complementary Therapies Nurses’ Interest Group), & the Ontario Representative for the CHNA (Canadian Holistic Nurses Association). She practices various biofield therapies/energy work: Reiki Master, Healing Touch, and Therapeutic Touch.

Caring for Self in a Caring Profession

Wednesday March 26 2014 5:30-7:30 at Ojibway Nature Centre

Workshop Details:

Feature Speaker: Rita DiBiase, MSN, RN(EC), AOCNS, CHPCN


This interactive workshop will provide nurses with knowledge and coping skills to guard against burnout. Perspectives will be shared allowing participants to reflect on rewards gained and the powerful impact they have on those whose lives they touch.

Desserts sponsored by Amica of Windsor

Community Pasta Lunch Fundraiser

for Amanda and Francis Ryall


Sunday March 30, 2014 @ 12pm- 3pm- Ciociaro Club

The Windsor-Essex Chapter of RNAO held a pasta luncheon fundraiser to support Amanda and Francis Ryall, husband and wife, as they both battle cancer.

Thank you Windsor Essex County for all of your support. With your generosity we were able to donate $5500 to the Ryall Family. A special thank you to the Ciociaro Club Servers!

Amanda is a Public Health Nurse at the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit in the Healthy Babies Healthy Children Program. Amanda, was diagnosed with breast cancer in the fall of 2013 and is receiving short-term disability which sets to run out this spring. She does not have long-term disability coverage.


Francis worked at Henry Ford Hospital in Michigan as an RN, as well as St. Clair College teaching nursing, before he was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2011. He hasn’t been able to work and relies on a small disability pension from the U.S., where he worked as a nurse.


The Ryalls, have been married for 17 years and have four children between the ages of five and nine. Nursing peers are jumping in to support the family in many ways. It’s our hopes that the afternoon will give the family a boost in spirits and reduce stress over financial pressures

Monetary Donations may be made in person to Windsor Family Credit Union Account No. 1831270 or through Eventbrite.

Nursing Leadership Network of Ontario Conference:

An Annual Conference for Health Care Leaders and Administrators

March 26- 28th

The Westin Prince, Toronto ON

900 York Mills Road, Toronto, Ontario M3B 3H2


Featuring outstanding Keynote speakers:

Greta Cummings RN PhD FCAHS & Leslee J. Thompson RN MBA CHE


Click the link below for full brochure and details!

Register today

Pilates With Perks

Saturday January 18th, 2014- 1pm

Breath Pilates & Fitness Studio

with Instructor Francesca Ala


Thank you to everyone who came out to do Pilates and support local nurse Amanda, and her family! Thank you to the Studio and Francesca for Donating the time and space to run this event.

The event was a lot of fun, all funds raised are being donated to Amanda.

To learn more about Amanda’s story click here

RNAO Windsor/Essex Chapter Annual General Meeting Dinner & Discussion

Wednesday, November 6th, 20136:00pm- 9:00pm

Essex Golf & Country Club

7555 Matchette Rd., Windsor, ON, N9J 2S4


The 2013 Windsor Essex Chapter AGM was a fun and educational event. The event featured two wonderful guest speakers: Jean Echlin and Janet Kelly. Jean Echlin an RN and MScN presented a very inspirational lecture. She spoke about the importance of integrating informed palliative care into nursing practice, including the importance of pain management and emphasizing aspects of physical, mental and spiritual care of the client and the nurse. Jean also spoke about her advocacy against a nursing role in euthanasia. Through her compassion, dedication and advocacy she continues to be a role model to the nursing profession! Thank you for sharing your time and experience with us Jean!


Janet Kelly, president of the Rotary Club Windsor and leader of Project Jirapa, provided us with an update on the Rotary Club current Project in Ghana.

Thank you to all participants who generously donated to Project Jirapa and to the train a nurse in Ghana initiative. Janet Kelly’s presentation, along with an update on our progress towards the Train a Nurse in Ghana Scholarship, will be posted soon!


Jean Echlin was the recipient of the Windsor Essex Chapter RNAO Award of Distinction. Congratulations, we were honoured to present you with this award.


Check out these photos from the event:

Nursing Perspective: Health Healing and Cultural Competence Training

Thursday September 26, 20139:00am to 12:30pm

Fogolar Furlan (Windsor Hall)1800 North Service Rd., Windsor


*All nurses and nursing students welcome


RNAO Welcomes Nursing Graduates

On June 5th 2013, this year’s nursing student graduates wrote their Canadian Registered Nursing Exam (CRNE). Members of the Windsor Essex Chapter of RNAO were present to greet students after their exam with a congratulatory Chocolate treat and information about becoming an RNAO member. We would like to welcome these students into the profession.

Zumba “Train a Nurse” Fundraiser

Thursday May 9th 2013, WFCU Sports Gym


Thank you to everyone who pledged to support the The Rotary Club Windsor on Project Jirapa and to those who attended the Zumba Event.


A big Thank You from the Windsor Essex Chapter and the Rotary Club 1918 to Karen Hickman and her group for donating the money raised at the Annual Nursing Week Bowling Challenge to our Train a Nurse in Ghana initiative. We sincerely appreciate your generosity.


To date we have approximately $1350 in donations/pledges. Our goal is to raise $3600.

We are Still Accepting Donations:


  1. A personal cheque made out to Rotary Club of Windsor Foundation Fund

(put “nurse scholarship fund” on the MEMO line)


Send cheque to Rotary Club of Windsor (1918)

7911 Forest Glade Drive

Windsor, Ontario, N8T 3R7

  1. Call the Rotary office and speak to Brenda (Mon-Thur 8:30-4:00PM). Brenda will take your pledge using your credit card.


  1. You could email the Rotary office with your credit card information and amount of pledge, and your mailing address so that we can send out your tax receipt.


All donations of $20 or more are eligible for a tax receipt

Funds raised will help to provide an individual in Ghana, Africa with post secondary training to become a nurse in their community, a community that has only ONE doctor to serve nearly 85, 000 people.

Complementary Therapy Event

April 19, 2013- The Hospice of Windsor and Essex County


Windsor-Essex RNAO Chapter was proud to present, An Evening With Kim Watson a Complementary Therapist on; “Complementary Therapies: Myth, Magic, or the Next Big Thing in Healthcare?”.


The evening featured local practitioners of complementary therapies offering free mini-treatments, such as Therapeutic Touch,Acupuncture, Massage and Chiropractic!


This event offered plenty of time to learn about several different complementary therapies, network with professionals and enjoy a lovely meal. Thank you to all of the professionals who volunteered their time to provide mini-treatments to participants. A special thank you goes to Kim Watson for her passionate presentation, informing on the vision to integrate complementary therapies into treatment, the benefits of self- care practices, and the future of complementary therapies in health care.


Check out the CTNIG to get involved!

Nursing Documentation Seminar

April 17 & 18 2013, Ojibway Nature Center, Windsor


This event was a wonderful opportunity to discover the importance of nursing documentation within the legal system. We extend our gratitude to Ann Tapp (RN, BA, LLB, Legal Advisor- Canadian Nurses Protective Society) for providing us with a very informative presentation. Thank you to all of the professionals who participated in this event.


For more information on the Canadian Nurses Protective Society visit their website:

Professional Nursing Practice: Anchoring the culture of client-centered care

March 15, 2013, 10:00–11:20- University of Windsor-Room 203 Toldo


Presented by: Dr. Vanessa Burkoski RN, BScN, NP-PHC, MScN, DHA, Vice President, Professional Practice & Chief Nursing Executive

Tau Upsilon Event!

Making a Difference in Ghana!

Guest Speaker: Elyse Maindonald, RN (EC), MN, ANP, Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

When: January 17, 2013—1800

Where: Riverside Sportsman Club

Professionalism Across Disciplines: Collaboration is Key Workshop to Prevent Bullying & Violence in the Workplace

Wednesday December 6th, 2012 1pm-4pm

St. Clair Centre for the Arts 201 Riverside Dr. West, Windsor


Experts in the field discussed workplace violence, ways to prevent violence, harassment, discrimination and bullying in the workplace. Plus, best practices for inter-professional collaboration.

A big thank you to our Windsor-Essex Chapter members – Kelly Mertens-Lawrenson, Lynda Monik, Veronika Pulley, and student representatives Cheryl Kennedy and Sarah Dugal for all of their hard work and support for this event! We had a large number of attendees! All left over refreshments have been donated to the Downtown Mission.

~The power to change is within each of us!

Protect Your Practice-Legal Advice Dinner & Presentation

Thursday November 15, 2012- The Other Place Catering


Delicious Dinner & Thought-Provoking Presentation from Jane Letton (MA, LLB) on the topic of how to prevent lawsuits and the impact of the Good Samaritan Law for nurses.

Thank you to the over 25 attendees!

Local Chapter Supports Diabetes Wellness Team in The Windsor Star

Check out RNAO’s Windsor-Essex Chapter support for the Diabetes Wellness Team that was in The Windsor Star November 7-9, 2012.

Windsor Essex Community Health Centre

Board of Director Recruitment

Thank you to everyone who applied. If you are still interested, please contact:



Governance Committee

Windsor-Essex Chapter Annual General Meeting

Wednesday October 17th, 2012


Thank you to the 60+ members who came out to this year’s Chapter AGM!

Congratulations to Heather Gartner who won this year’s Award of Distinction!!!

Thank you as well to the whole organizing team and also to our guest speakers!!!

4th Biennial Nursing Conference

When: September 29, 2012

Where: Caesar’s Windsor Convention Centre


Thank you to all who attended, it was a very engaging event.


Breakfast & Presentation with Barb Mildon

September 28, 2012 from 7:30am-9:00amat the Lumberjack Restaurant


RNAO Windsor-Essex Chapter partnered with the Windsor Essex Community Health Centre to host a breakfast & presentation from Barb Mildon – President of the Canadian Nurses Association. Barb’s presentation entitled, “Call to Action: The Health of our Nation; the Future of our Healthcare System” provided an in-depth look at issues facing our Canadian healthcare system and ways nurses can advocate for positive changes. Thank you to the over 20 nurses who attended this exciting event.

Welcome Dinner with Barb Mildon

Thursday September 27, 2012


The Windsor-Essex Chapter Executive and local Nursing Leaders were pleased to host Barb Mildon –President of the Canadian Nurses Association, for a casual dinner and open discussion. The evening was a wonderful opportunity to engage in thought-provoking conversations about issues facing the nursing profession.


Nursing Student Orientation 2012

Thank you RNAO Windsor-Essex Executive Members Kelly Mertens-Lawrenson & Kim Miller for engaging with U of Windsor nursing students on September 11th, 2012. What a great opportunity to share the benefits of being part of your professional association!!! Thank you to all new student members!!!


Who is RNAO: Networking & Info Session

Wednesday June 20th, 2012 from 5:00-7:00pm

Location: 647 Ouellette Ave. Suite 201


Details: Local nurses had the opportunity to meet nurses who have been trained in other countries. Attendees shared experiences, increased their knowledge about RNAO and networked. Light refreshments were served and a brief presentation by RNAO Windsor-Essex Chapter President Jennifer Johnston provided an overview of how to navigate the RNAO’s new website, info about how to access funds for professional development and RNAO membership benefits. Attendees also learned about the CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses. Thank you to all who attended!


College of Nurses of Ontario Special Presentation

Hosted by the Windsor Essex County Health Unit

Date: June 22, 2012Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm

Location: Windsor Essex County Health Unit – 1005 Ouellette Ave.


Details: Myra Kreick, Outreach Consultant Community & Public Health from the College of Nurses of Ontario presenting on updates to the Quality Assurance Program and Social Media. Thank you to all who attended!

Supporting the Centre for Seniors Windsor

The Windsor-Essex Chapter is looking to support community agencies and charities in our region. We recently donated a gift basket on behalf of the Chapter to the Centre for Seniors Windsor, for a door prize at a fundraising event to raise money for a new Seniors’ Transportation Van.

CRNE Exam 2012

Congratulations to all New Graduates who wrote their exam this June.

Members of the Windsor-Essex Chapter teamed-up with the University of Windsor Faculty of Nursing to provide congratulatory chocolate syringes as the students left the exam.

Lois A. Fairley Community Service Award

Congratulations to Ursula DeBono who is the 5th Annual Lois A. Fairley Community Service Award Winner!!!

*For more details, see our website page devoted to this award


St Clair College One Match Event

March 27th, 2012 9am-3pm- St. Clair College Main Campus


What: Stem Cell & Bone Marrow Network Drive

Congratulations to the organizers of this event. They had over 175 volunteers who came out for the bone marrow drive!


Pearls & Perils Workshop

March 31st, 2012 from 1-4pm, Caboto Club -Windsor (Davinci Room)


RN’s and RPN’s learned from the experience of other nurses in independent practice. Informative presentations included suggestions for starting your own business and tips from nurses who have already done so. There was lots of opportunity for networking and visiting the vendor booths. A huge thank you to Staples on Ouellette Ave. for sponsoring the event and to the Independent Practice Nurses Interest Group & the Occupational Health Nurses Interest Groups for your contributions and support!



February 3, 201211:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


The Honorable Deb Matthews Minister of Health and Long Term-Care presented the McGuinty’s government action plan to transform healthcare. Improving access to care and quality for care· Navigating tough fiscal and demographic challenges. Many members of the Windsor-Essex Chapter attended, including students. The Executive Committee supported strong RNAO representation by buying a table of 8 and inviting members to attend. The event was a great opportunity to network with local politicians, and influential members of the Windsor Essex Community.


CARE – Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses

Members of the Windsor-Essex Chapter attended the opening ceremonies of the launch of the Windsor office.

Key note speaker: Teresa Piruzza (MPP Windsor West),Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues. This exciting Centre helps nurses who have been trained in other countries, successfully navigate the processes to begin practicing in Ontario and obtain education and language skills to gain employment in the nursing field.

*A membership to the Centre, includes a one year membership to the RNAO!


Essex Chapter Annual General Meeting

Wednesday November 23rd, 2011

Season’s Bistro, 5975 Malden Rd., LaSalle


We had over 60 members attend. It was a wonderful evening of great food, networking and celebration of this past years’ accomplishments. Thank you to all who attended.


Protect Your Practice: A Nursing Empowerment & Education Seminar

October 18th, 2011 from 16:00pm – 18:00pm

Windsor Regional Hospital – MET Campus – Auditorium A& B


Monica Staley – Patient Representative for Windsor Regional Hospital spoke to the group. Monica is a Registered Nurse who worked in the Emergency Department and she is also an accomplished Lawyer. This was a great opportunity to ask questions and learn more about CNO Standards & Guidelines:-TherapeuticCommunication-Documentation-Disclosure-Confidentiality. We had over 30attendees! Great food, great presentation!


Pancakes & Politics: A Pre-Election Dialogue

Friday September 16th, 2011 from 07:30am – 09:30am

The Other PlaceCatering – 1395 Walker Rd.


It was a unique opportunity to engage with political candidates from all parties

Co-Sponsored by Honor Society of Nursing – Tau Upsilon Chapter

Special Guests:

-Windsor CBC News’ Susan Pedler as Moderator

-RNAO President – David McNeil

-Taras Natyshak – NDP Riding of Essex

-Andrew McAvoy – NDP Riding of Windsor/Tecumseh

-Helmi Charif – NDP Riding of Windsor West

-Chad Durocher – Green Party Riding of Windsor West

-Hon. Dwight Duncan -Minister of Finance and Liberal MPP for Windsor-Tecumseh

-Teresa Piruzza – Liberal Riding of Windsor West


CRNE June 1, 2011

Congratulations to all the New Graduates who successfully wrote the RN Exam at the WFCU Centre in Windsor on June 1st. RNAO Windsor-Essex Chapter representatives were on-site to provide the students with a congratulatory granola bar and a ton of RNAO swag. Thank you to Kim D., Kelly L., Pat M. and Jen J. who handed out the goodies. Here is the message that we designed for the granola bars:

“Congratulations on Completing your Nursing Exam! The Essex Chapter of the RNAO (Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario) Is Proud of You and Your Accomplishments. Welcome to the Nursing Profession!!!


Lois A. Fairley Community Service Award 2011

May 10th held at Windsor Regional Hospital Metropolitan Campus.

Congratulations to Carole Gill who is this year’s winner!!!

-Carole worked for many years as the Pain & Symptom Management Coordinator for Windsor Essex and is now an independent consultant in the field. She was nominated based on her passion, enthusiasm, commitment to quality patient care and contributions to the community and the profession of nursing. She has provided mentorship and leadership to healthcare professionalism multiple sectors and she is credited with enhancing the landscape on how pain is managed for Windsor Essex residents.


RNAO Annual General Meeting 2011

Friday April 8, 2011- Hilton Downtown Toronto Details:

We had three Chapter Members attend: Pat McKay, Veronika Pulley and Jamie Crawley. Thank you ladies for representing our members and for supporting our Chapter Resolution. This important initiative was hotly debated and in the end it was passed by all the voting delegate! Great job Windsor/Essex RNAO Team!


“Nurses Call the Shots”: Engaging in Policy & Political Action Dinner

Wednesday March 30, 2011 from 6:00pm-9:00pm

The Other Place Catering

We had 27 guests attend this intriguing event including many members and non-members. Thank you to Crystal Avolio for engaging us in a lively discussion and to everyone who attended!


Booth at the University of Windsor Career Fair 201

Monday March 28, 2011 from 09:00-16:00

Ambassador Auditorium – 2nd floor of the CAW Student Centre U of W

A big thank you to Neil Halper who came all the way from Toronto RNAO Head Office to attend, and to Pat McKay who always supports the Chapter with her enthusiasm and dedication. Also a warm welcome to all those new members who signed-up that day! We look forward to seeing you at upcoming RNAO events.


RNAO Queen’s Park Day

Feb 2, 2011 – Friday Feb 4, 2011

Jennifer Johnston, Crystal Avolio and Amanda Ellard-Ryall attended to represent the Windsor-Essex Chapter. The event was fascinating, and provided the opportunity to meet with MPP’s and their Staffers to discuss nursing and healthcare related issues. Check out RNAO’s website for more information about their comprehensive report Creating Vibrant Communities:RNAO’s Challenge to Ontario’s Political Parties.


Policy & Political Action: Live & Interactive

Jan 16 & 17 2011, Lumberjack Restaurant

Cathy Crowe was our very special guest. She is a well-known Toronto Nurse, educator and social activist, specializing in advocacy for the homeless in Canada. Her engaging discussion provided us with information and tools to act as agents of change in our community.