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Registered Practical Nurses (RPN) Occupational Division


Welcome to OPSEU's RPN Occupational Division!

OPSEU members who work as RPNs are represented across sectors including: community health care, mental health, hospitals and health care support, long-term care, developmental services and OPS workplaces. 

Your voice in OPSEU and the workplace

The RPN Occupational Division is dedicated to promoting recognition of the scope, practice and professional responsibilities of RPNs. The division will work to advance demands for bargaining and workload issues that would apply to all RPNs across the province in every sector that they work in.

The RPN Occupational Division will:

  • bring together members with common occupational interests and coordinate division activities;
  • identify, coordinate, and promote the scope of practice and professional responsibilities of RPNs within OPSEU and provincially;
  • develop and promote demands for bargaining, health and safety, and workload issues;
  • promote and advocate for RPNs through policy, resolutions and constitutional amendments;
  • develop and build communication links and networks for RPNs; and
  • promote common themes, activities and mandates as they pertain to the sectors and the union.

Meet your new RPN representatives for 2017-19

The RPN Occupational Division held its first Biennial RPN Leadership Conference on May 8, 2017. The one day conference held in Toronto brought together OPSEU RPN members. This marked an important opportunity to discuss common workplace issues across sectors and plan next steps as an occupational division. At this meeting, representatives were elected that will lead the RPN Occupational Division until the next Leadership Conference when elections will be held in May 2019. 

Welcome and we look forward to connecting with you!

RPN Occupational Division News

July 13, 2018
The OPSEU RPN Occupational Division sent the following letter of support to the members of Local 276, currently on strike in Owen Sound.   July 13, 2018
May 7, 2018
Each May, we’re reminded of the invaluable contribution that nurses make in our lives, and in the lives of our family members, friends, and our communities – that’s what Nurses’ Week – from May 7 –
November 3, 2017
The OPSEU RPN Occupational Division sent the following letter of support to the members of the CAAT-A Division, currently on strike. November 3, 2017
May 8, 2017
Toronto – The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is ‘gunning for’ the jobs of thousands of Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) in the province, the Ontario Public Service Employees Uni

RPN Occupational Division Committee Members

Lucy Morton, Chair
Sector 17 – Community Health Care Professionals

Christine Marshall, Vice Chair
Sector 11 – Hospital Support

Shannon Nolan, Treasurer
Sector 8 – Long-Term Care

Cynthia Villenueve, OPS Representative

Deborah Black-Smith, Representative
Sector 2 – Developmental Services Division

Vacant, Representative
Sector 10 – Hospital Professionals Division

Sheila Sak, Representative
Sector 18 - Mental Health Division​