It is NEVER be so easy to have Nursing Career in Ontario , Canada with Government Funding for Nursing Education

28 Dec

Not only in BC, Canada, but also in many other Provinces, there are a lot Government funding or loan program for people who want to work in Health Care Industry; Below is education and professional development opportunities. One of Government funding or loan program, Health Human Resources Initiatives Training More Critical Care Nurses Funding Program:

The Nursing Secretariat and Critical Care Secretariat are proceeding to implement a set of initiatives designed to improve the quality and consistency of critical care nurse training across the province while simultaneously increasing the number of critical care nurses trained each year. As these initiatives mature, the increased consistency of critical care nurse training certification across college and hospital programs will improve portability of these credentials and eliminate the need for hospitals to retrain critical care nurses when they change organizations. 1. Helping College and Hospital Programs Meet the Standards In 2007, the Ministry of Health commissioned the Nursing Health Services Research Unit at McMaster University to conduct a collaborative evaluation of existing college and hospital critical care nurse training programs to identify where existing programs needed to be modified to meet the new Standards of Critical Care Nursing Practice [PDF] Each participating institution was asked to respond to a detailed survey regarding their training methods and program scope. Participation in this review was voluntary and colleges and hospitals will be given time to upgrade their training programs accordingly. The results of the evaluative study, including eight specific recommendations for further enhancement of the Critical Care Nursing Standards are now available in A Collaborative Evaluation of College and Hospital Critical Care Nursing Programs in Ontario [PDF] 2. The Critical Care Nursing E-Learning Program  In September 2007, Durham College was funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to design and deliver an innovative critical care nursing e-learning solution for the province to improve consistency of nurse training in critical care and to support the recruitment, retention and training of critical care nurses that is consistent with provincially recognized standards and core competencies. The Critical Care Nursing Graduate Certificate program utilizes an online learning model to deliver 6 theoretical online courses enabling Registered Nurses (RNs) to learn at their own pace – regardless of geographical location. Following the completion of the theoretical e-courses, nurses will participate in a hands-on simulation course at one of the many colleges and/or universities working in partnership with Durham College. Nurses complete the Critical Care Nursing Graduate Certificate by gaining on-the-job experience (Integrated Practicum) in a Level 2 or Level 3 critical care setting under the direct supervision of an experienced critical care nurse preceptor. Eight colleges and two universities from across Ontario have partnered with Durham College to offer the courses in Simulation and Integrated Practicum. The post secondary institutions partnering with Durham College include: Fanshawe College, Sault College, Northern College, Cambrian College, Confederation College, Seneca College, Georgian College, Centennial College, Queen’s University and the University of Windsor. The Durham College Critical Care Nursing e-learning program allows for greater flexibility for continuing professional development by enabling nurses to access continuing learning that otherwise would have difficulty attending post secondary education due to their location, shift patterns, and domestic commitments. For More information on the E-Learning Program for Critical Care Nurses. 3. Critical Care Nursing Workforce Tracking System While there are useful existing datasets regarding Ontario’s nursing workforce, there is relatively little data that can be used to predict the impact of nursing resources on specialty areas such as critical care. The Nursing Health Services Research Unit at McMaster University is in its initial stages of developing a workforce tracking system that will help predict staff retention rates, training/replacement rates, patient volumes, patient transfer patterns and anticipated service gaps. By developing a Critical Care Nursing Workforce Tracking System, the ministry will be able to determine available critical care nursing resources at the provincial, LHIN and local community level. This will help the ministry, LHINs and hospitals better understand and plan retention and recruitment strategies and will provide the tools to ensure continued patient service provision. 4. Critical Care Nurse Training Fund In 2006/07, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care developed the Critical Care Nurse Training fund to help improve the overall quality of training programs for critical care nurses and to ensure training programs are compliant with the newly developed critical care nursing standards. Hospitals are eligible for full or partial funding for in-house and/or college-based adult critical care training depending on the quality of their application and the number of applications received. In December 2007, a call for applications was issued for the next iteration of the Critical Care Nurse Training Fund. The process was supervised by the Nursing Sub-Committee of the Ontario Critical Care Expert Advisory Panel. The applications were evaluated according to pre-determined criteria that balance the urgency of the local need with the goal of using these funds to encourage hospitals to train critical care nurses to a consistent standard. In the 2008/09 fiscal year, the funding will enable 76 hospitals to train 391 nurses to practice in adult and paediatric critical care settings.
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