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Best Practice Spotlight Organization


In April 2012, Mount Sinai Hospital was selected by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) to be a Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) candidate.

Through our partnership with the RNAO, Mount Sinai is implementing the following RNAO best practice guidelines (BPG’s):

  • Assessment and Management of Pain
  • Risk Assessment and Prevention of Pressure Ulcers
  • Breastfeeding
  • Screening and Caregiving Strategies for Delirium, Dementia and Depression in Older Adults
  • Client-Centred Care
  • Establishing Therapeutic Relationships


RNAO’s BPG’s are recognized nationally and internationally. The guidelines provide recommendations to promote the uptake of evidence into practice by increasing the knowledge base of clinicians and providing them with the tools to use evidence based practice in clinical decision making which lead to outcomes that support clinical excellence.

The BPSO initiative aligns with the hospital’s quality performance indicators and the Patient Services portfolio strategy.  BPG’s were selected to have the greatest impact on the health and well-being of our patients. The guidelines also support an enhance the work already being done through the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative and Senior-Friendly Hospital Initiative.

A BPSO Steering Committee provides leadership and direction towards the advancement of an evidence-based practice environment. The Committee is interprofessional with representation from nursing and allied health ranging in scope from front line staff to directors. Interprofessional groups of clinical experts have been formed to lead each of the best practice guidelines. These groups have frontline RN’s who champion evidence-based practice at the unit level.

It is Mount Sinai’s goal to join the hundreds of national and international sites in becoming a BPSO designate by 2015.