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BPSO Designation

Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO)

​​​SickKids has been a BPSO since 2009.  As an organization, we continue to cultivate an evidence-informed environment, integrating Best Practice Guidelines (BPGs) using collaborative, interprofessional approaches. Our BPSO designation is aligned with our commitment to using the best evidence when partnering with children and families to develop plans of care. The RNAO provides many relevant BPGs to advance nursing and clinical practice and provide a basis for standards of care.

SickKids was selected as one of 21 BPSOs, in collaboration with the RNAO, to receive the 2009 International Award in the Inaugural Practice/Academe Innovation Collaboration Award from the Honour Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International. This is a significant achievement, reflecting SickKids' role as the first paediatric BPSO in Canada.

As a BPSO, we are committed to ongoing development and review of the RNAO BPGs and integrating those relevant to practice at SickKids. Our BPSO work is regularly reviewed by our Nursing Practice Council. The introduction of  BPGs in the future will continue to be led by multiple disciplines, teams and programs across the Hospital , reflecting our ongoing commitment to high standards and evidence-informed care for children and families.

New BPG Implementation

Our commitment to embedding BPGs that enhance a culture of evidence informed care and a healthy workplace has resulted in the continued and progressive implementation of relevant BPGs. In 2014, we implemented two more BPGs in addition to yearly implementation of RNAO Guidelines:

  • Smoking cessation
  • Client-centred care

To learn more about our yearly BPG Implementation, please see BPG Yearly Implementation. 

Advanced Clinical Practice Fellowship

Do you have a desire to work on a clinical project that you are passionate about? Are you looking for an opportunity to develop your leadership practices related to an issue in practice change?

Perhaps an Advanced Clinical Practice Fellowship (ACPF) is the opportunity you are looking for. 

"I was awarded an RNAO ACPF to improve the care we provide to jaundiced newborns in our Emergency Department. I worked with a multi-disciplinary team of mentors from the NICU and ED to develop our neonatal jaundice order set and supporting education and resources. Since the implementation of these practice changes we have reduced wait times, limited unnecessary blood draws, and focused on pain management and family-centred care for this vulnerable population." - Carrie Glanfield, Advanced Nursing Practice Educator, Emergency Department.

The ACPF is designed to provide a Registered Nurse (RN) with a focused, self-directed learning experience to develop clinical, leadership or best practice guideline implementation knowledge and skills with support from a mentor or group of mentors, SickKids, and the RNAO. This initiative is aimed at developing and promoting nursing knowledge and expertise and improving client care and outcomes in Ontario. Clients are defined as individuals, families, groups, or communities. 

The length of the program is 12 weeks (full time) or 20 weeks (part time) for a total of 450 hours. Broadly identified target areas for these fellowships include the Government of Ontario high needs areas of:

  • Emergency care;
  • Gerontology, home health care;
  • Mental health care;
  • Primary health care; and
  • Marginalized populations

The request for fellowship proposals is usually announced twice a year: in the spring and in the summer. Please visit RNAO's Advanced Clinical Practice Fellowships for further information.