It's time to respect, protect, and pay Ontario's RPNs. Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) have stepped up throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in a big way. Yet, they have had to fight for proper health and safety protections in the workplace and have had their collective agreement rights superseded. The media has widely reported that the pandemic has only served to highlight an existing nursing shortage and the risk of an exodus of nurses due to burnout. Without real measures to improve working conditions and compensation, the health care system is at risk.