According to CNO registration self reports (2008) there were approx 540 nurses who identified themselves as their sole place of work being palliative care and there was no strong voice advocating for nurses working in palliative care.

    Founded by Leslie Hirst, PCNIG was inaugurated into an RNAO interest group on December 2, 2009.

    PCNIG Objectives

  1. To be the provincial voice of nurses working in palliative care in Ontario
  2. To promote palliative care as a specialty and lobby for all aspects of palliative care e.g. bereavement
  3. To promote nursing in palliative care
  4. To raise awareness about palliative care and dispel myths associated with palliative care, through the activities of the group
  5. To collaborate with the RNAO to aid in the development of guidelines and standards through the promotion of the domains of practice (CHPCA Model)
  6. To collaborate with provincial associated bodies: Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO) and the provincial Palliative Care Networks on common issues related to palliative care where a strong united voice is required.
  7. To support the national association CHPCA (Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association) Nurses Interest Group in there vision and mission
  8. To act as a road map and networking opportunities for nurses seeking a career, education, research or mentorship in palliative care