Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) Programme

Introduction to the Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) Programme

The BPSO Steering Committee welcomes you warmly and we hope that you will join us as we lead the initiative to improve nursing education and practice through best practices.   The purpose of this page is to introduce you to the BPSO programme and UWISON’s progress towards designation.

BPSOs are health-care and academic organizations selected by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) through a request for proposals process to implement and evaluate the RNAO's best practice guidelines.  It is a dynamic partnership that focuses on making a positive impact on patient care though evidence-based practice.  The RNAO’s Nursing Best Practice Guideline Programme has, to date, produced 42 clinical guidelines and 10 healthy work environment guidelines which are aimed at improving nurses’ access to the evidence-based information needed to implement safe and effective nursing care.   A list of the guidelines has been included in this package for your information.

As of January 2, 2016 UWISON commenced a three-year candidacy period for BPSO designation.  During the candidacy period, UWISON has agreed to (among other things):

  1. Implement at least three BPGs into the School’s undergraduate nursing curriculum
  2. Submit at least 1 manuscript related to outcomes that resulted from best practice guideline implementation for a peer-reviewed publication.

The School entered the implementation phase at the beginning of the 2016 academic year.  The following guidelines will be implemented:

  1. Professionalism in Nursing will be integrated in all coursed beginning with NURS 2015: Introduction to Professional Nursing.
  2. Person and Family Centered-Care will be in integrated in all courses beginning with NURS 2019: Patient Care Concepts Applied to Nursing.
  3. Management of Pressure Injuries for the Interprofessional Team will be formally integrated in NURS 3015: Nursing Care of Older Adults and NURS 3016: Nursing Care of Older Adults Clinical Practicum
  1. Prevention of Falls & Reducing Fall Injuries  will be formally integrated in NURS 3015: Nursing Care of Older Adults and NURS 3016: Nursing Care of Older Adults Clinical Practicum

The candidacy period ends on December 31, 2018, at which time, if all terms and conditions have been met, UWISON will be designated a BPSO - the first in the Caribbean!  For further information on the BPSO programme or to locate a BPG of interest to you, visit the BPG section on the RNAO's website:  All BPGs are available for free download.