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The Professional Practice Department plays an essential role in Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre’s mission of Exceptional care is our passion, People are our inspiration and Safety is our promise. Our Inter-Professional Department consists of Nursing, Speech and Language Pathology, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Dietetics, Res​piratory Therapy, and Physiotherapy professionals that are focused on driving evidence-informed best practice for high-quality patient and family-centered care.


Clinical Academic Affiliations

The Professional Program coordinates the placement of many clinical students from a wide variety of healthcare disciplines. Foreign students are included within the placements from the academic institutions. Currently there are affiliations with the following academic institutions:

  • Algonquin College
  • Athabasca University
  • Cambrian College
  • ​Canadore College
  • Centennial College
  • Conestoga College
  • CTS Canadian Career College
  • Durham College
  • Fanshawe College
  • George Brown College
  • Georgian College
  • Humber College 
  • Laurentian University
  • McMaster University
  • Michener Institute
  • Nipissing University
  • Northern Ontario School of Medicine
  • Renison College
  • Ryerson University
  • Sault College 
  • Seneca College    
  • Toronto Art Therapy School
  • Trent University
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • University of Rochester  
  • University of Toronto ‘
  • University of Western Ontario
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Windsor
  • York University

Students accepted for clinical placements include (but are not limited to):

  • Imaging Technologists
  • Laboratory Technologists
  • Massage Therapy
  • Midwives
  • Nursing (BScN)
  • Nursing (Practical)
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist and Physiotherapist Assistants
  • Paramedics
  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmacy Technicians
  • Physiotherapist
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Rehabilitation Assistants
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Recreational Therapists
  • Social Work-Masters in Social Work
  • Speech Language Pathologists

View student placement information

Interprofessional Orientation 

The orientation program for new clinical staff members has been developed to incorporate an interprofessional approach to education. The Interprofessional Orientation, which is 5 days in length, is available to new clinical staff members of all disciplines. A sixth day is dedicated to a Gentle Persuasive Approaches in Dementia Care. Current staff members may also attend specific sessions to address their individual learning needs. Interprofessional Orientation follows General Hospital Orientation. The sessions include:

  • Falls and Least Restraints
  • ​Interprofessional Care
  • Domestic Violence/Elder Abuse
  • ​Expected Date of Discharge and Patient Flow
  • Diabetes Care
  • ​Ethics
  • High Alert Medications
  • Receiving and Processing Provider Orders
  • ​Wound Care
  • ​Pain Management
  • ​Stroke Distinction
  • Documentation
  • ​Code Blue
  • ​Clinical Tactics
  • Lab Specimen Collection
  • Care related to Central Vascular Access Devices
  • Peripheral IV Initiation
  • ​Oxygen Therapy
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Administration of Blood Products
  • ​Infection Prevention and Control
  • Point of Care Glucose Testing
  • Medication Reconciliation
  • ​Care of the Elderly
    • Dementia
    • Functional Decline
    • Normal Aging Changes

Registered Nurses’ Association Best Practice Spotlight Organization

RVH has proudly been designated as a Registered Nurses’ Association Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) since 2006.

An objective of being a Best Practice Spotlight Organization is to, through partnerships, make an impact on patient care through evidence-based nursing practice. RVH has implemented 16 Best Practice Guidelines. These guidelines are clinical resources that provide information regarding evidence-based practices for nurses and the interprofessional team. 

The guidelines that have been implemented are:

​Since 2006 Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre has implemented the following Best Practice Guidelines:

RVH will continue to implement Best Practice Guidelines to improve quality and patient care based on the evidence and research.

  • ​​Preventing Violence, Harassment & Bullying Against Health Care Workers
  • ​Woman Abuse – Screening, Identification, and Initial Response
  • ​Preventing Falls & Reducing Injury from Falls
  • ​Assessment & Management of Pressure Injuries for the Interprofessional Team
  • ​Promoting Safety Alternative Approaches to the Use of Restraints
  • ​Care and Maintenance to Reduce Vascular Access Complications
  • ​Breastfeeding, Promoting & Supporting Initiation, Exclusivity & Continuation
  • ​Nursing Care of Dyspnea: the 6th Vital Sign in Individuals with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Embracing Cultural Diversity in Health Care, Developing Cultural Competence
  • ​Assessment and Management of Pain
  • ​Integrating Tobacco Interventions into Daily Nursing Practice
  • ​Delirium, Depression, Dementia in Older Adults, Assessment & Care
  • Supporting Adults Who Anticipate or Live with an Ostomy 
  • ​End of Life Care During the Last Days and Hours
  • Care Transitions
  • ​Practice Education in Nursing
  • ​Oral health: Supporting Adults who Require Assistance
  • Assessment & Care of Adults at Risk for Suicidal Ideation & Behaviour
  • A Proactive Approach to Bladder & Bowel Management in Adults

Education Resources 

Access RNAO Best Practice Guidelines Courses