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Irmajean Bajnok - PhotoDr. Irmajean Bajnok is currently an international health care consultant, and the former director of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) International Affairs and Best Practice Guidelines Centre (IABPG).  In the capacity of RNAO Director, from 2007 to 2017, Bajnok oversaw the development, dissemination, implementation support activities, and evaluation of the RNAO Best Practice Guidelines (BPGs) Program.  She initiated and led the development of the ground breaking healthy work environment best practice guidelines which expanded to incorporate system and organizational-related BPGs.  She played a lead role in strategies developed to support and evaluate implementation of evidence-based practice, through the RNAO BPGs, including the BPG Champion Network, Nursing Order Sets and the Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) Designation.  In her tenure as director of the IABPG Centre, the BPSO Designation— widely recognized as an effective organizational level knowledge-translation strategy—was augmented to include a new category of Academic BPSOs, now boasting worldwide uptake. Bajnok was also instrumental in expanding the BPSO Designation broadly, such that it now extends to 12 countries and continues to grow.

From 2000-2006, she directed RNAO’s Centre for Professional Nursing Excellence, leading the development and delivery of professional education and health care consultation services.

Dr. Bajnok has had an extensive and successful career in practice, academia, and administration, including professorial roles at the University of Western Ontario, University of Toronto, and Ryerson University where she served as director of the Nursing Program from 1982-1988, and led faculty in the development of the nursing undergraduate degree program, the first basic degree program at Ryerson. Her practice roles included executive leadership positions in acute care at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto; and home care at VON Toronto, Canada. She was the founding director of the WHO Collaborating Centre at Mount Sinai Hospital and served as the founding executive director of the Canadian government funded women’s development program in Pakistan.

Dr. Bajnok has participated in board member and chair roles in the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO), the Canadian Nurses Association, and the nursing regulatory body. She is a past President of RNAO, which included active roles as president-elect, president, and immediate past president.   

Dr. Bajnok is recognized internationally as a dynamic and engaging speaker, facilitator and educator in particular in relation to evidence based practice and education, healthy work environments, leadership and change management.