ONA Central Professional Practice overview and FAQ available here

Please email your Bargaining Unit President if you would like questions answered here.

Frequently Asked Questions (updated November 1, 2017)


How does sick leave work for hospital nurses?

A frequently asked question from ONA mem- bers is “what happens if I get sick during my work day and have to go home?”

Article 12.04 in the central collective agreement provides payment for the whole shift if a full-time member is unable to com- plete the shift due to sickness; it is not con- sidered a day of short-term disability (STD). If the illness occurs while working on a paid holiday (e.g. Canada Day), the member would still be entitled to her/his lieu day. If a full- time (Article 12.04 and Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA), section 24) or part-time (WSIA, section 24 only) member’s illness/in- jury is related to a workplace injury, her/his salary is also kept whole for the entire shift.

Source: Frontline News (July 2016)

Posted November 1, 2017

How are union dues spend?

Dues-paying ONA members enjoy a number of services and benefits tailored to the needs of registered nurses and allied health professionals. These services and benefits include: Access to our top-notch education programs, professional practice specialists who advise members on nursing practice concerns, a Human Rights and Equity Team that promotes equality and works for fair and impartial consideration of issues, access to the ONA Benefit Program, which provides base Long-Term Disability (LTD) for members not covered through their employer/collective agreement, and much more.

Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) members pay a flat rate based on their hourly rate of pay.

Below a pictogram of a dues structure (2014) and current dues paid to ONA can be found here

Posted November 1, 2017

The following documents come from the CNPS (Canadian Nurses Protective Society)

These are for reference only and address many legal issues surrounding nursing practice and are a great resource.

Electronic data and communications

Social Media


The Legal Risks of E-mail

Mobile Devices

High Risk areas for Nursing:    (not an all inclusive list, samples only)

Obstetrical Nursing     Nurse Practitioner    ER_Nursing    Operatingroom

Posted August 23, 2013

Rand Formula Explained (Document) and video below. Full Document here.


Posted July 22, 2013

The Value of Nurses

When nurses are confronted with complaints about our pay, our usual reaction is, “You don’t know what I do. We work very hard, we have huge patient loads, we’re often and literally up to elbows in sh*t and snot. We deserve our pay.”

My reaction: So what? Take a number, the queue starts here. A lot of people have terrible, awful, thankless jobs — ask the workers in fast-food restaurants, or in meat processing plants. This answer, the I-have-a-really-crappy-job defence, frankly, is a bit whiny. More to the point, it works to our detriment by reducing nurses and nursing to a series of mindless tasks and skills — and that is exactly how we’re perceived by the public, in popular culture, and yes, by hospital administrators. And guess what? You can train a monkey to take a blood pressure, start an intravenous, or put someone on a bedpan.

So what makes nurses different? I want to suggest a slightly amended paradigm: we’re paid well not because of what we do, but because of what we know. Our value is in our knowledge. Yes, we’re well paid. Are we paid for what we’re worth?

Here’s a very small fraction of what I know; every nurse can (and should) come up with their own list.

I know the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia.

I know why alcoholics are at risk for esphogeal varices.

I know why congestive heart failure can cause right upper abdominal pain.

I know how to triage.

I know how to pronounce death.

I know how to listen to heart sounds.

I know how to relieve pain without medication.

I know how to communicate effectively, and to teach you about your condition/medication/problems in a way you can understand.

I know how to do a head-to-toe assessment.

I know how to arrange home care services for you.

I know why mechanism of injury is important.

I know how to make you comfortable.

I know how to tell you your mother has died.

I know when you’re getting sicker, even before you do.

I know where to place the IV to cause you the least discomfort.

I know how to place an nasogastric tube safely.

I know how to recognize the early signs of skin breakdown.

I know that pancreatic pain is sometimes felt in the left shoulder.

I know what crackles mean, and the difference between fine ones and coarse ones.

I know how to protect your confidentiality.

I know the optimal lead placement to do an ECG.

I know which heart rhythms are life-threatening.

I know why Treatment X is prescribed, not Treatment Y.

I know when your blood pressure is too low, and what to do about it.

I know what an elevated heart rate can mean.

I know when you’re starting to feel better without you telling me.

I know how to document your progress clearly and accurately.

I know how to organize my care so you get the best possible care.

I know what to do in a trauma.

I know the difference between ventricular tachycardia and supraventricular tachycardia.

I know the side-effects of beta blockers. I know why it’s important I know.

I know how much morphine I can safely give you.

I know the name of the bone being x-rayed.

I know what to do when you’re about to give birth.

I know when you’re about to die.

I know what ST elevation means.

I know what fluid balances mean, and why it’s important to you.

I know how to interpret blood results, and I know when they are of concern.

I know how to interpret blood gases.

I know what to do when your heart stops.

Is this knowledge valuable for patients? You tell me if I’m paid too much.

Reference: https://torontoemerg.wordpress.com/the-value-of-nurses/