Cunningham praises launch of new collaborative nursing program
LONDON, ON, July 28 /CNW/ - Collaborative nursing programs will expand the range of expertise offered by health care givers and bring the nursing profession into step with the changing face of health care, Dianne Cunningham, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, said today at the launch of a new collaborative baccalaureate nursing program between the University of Western Ontario and Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology.
"I would like to congratulate Western and Fanshawe for being first to develop a collaborative nursing program that will give students the practical and academic knowledge they need to meet the increasingly complex health care needs of Ontario residents," said Cunningham. "We look forward to receiving other proposals for similar programs that will allow students to study where they live and work across the province, not just in the larger centres where universities are located."
In April 2000, the Ontario Government, acting on the advice of the College of Nurses of Ontario and the Nursing Task Force, announced that, beginning in September 2001, all students studying to become registered nurses will enter four-year programs leading to a bachelor's degree. Also announced was an investment of $22.6 million to ensure capacity for 2000 students to graduate from new collaborative college-university nursing programs.
"The Government recognizes and values the knowledge and experience of existing nurses," said Cunningham. "The BScN will not be a requirement for nurses who are already practising, and there will continue to be many opportunities for students who wish to pursue a health care career, but don't wish to complete a 4-year university program."
For further information: Kerry Delaney, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1625; Dave Ross, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2709