McGuinty government announces plan to hire nursing grads

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McGuinty government announces plan to hire nursing grads

Ministry of Health

Plan for Change Provides Ontarians with Better Access to Nursing Care TORONTO, June 3 - The McGuinty government, in its recent budget, The Plan for Change, will give Ontarians better access to quality nursing care through a $50-million strategy to attract and retain new nursing graduates and experienced nurses, Health and Long-Term Care Minister George Smitherman announced today. "Nurses are the heart and soul of our health care system and are crucial resource to our government's plan to rebuild health care in Ontario," Smitherman said. "These new initiatives will help us reach our goal of increasing the number of full-time nursing positions by 8,000 over the next four years." The government is investing $50 million to: - create new full-time opportunities for new nursing graduates in hospitals and long-term care homes and support experienced nurses to mentor them for up to a year; - help nursing schools better prepare nursing students by purchasing clinical training simulation equipment; - find alternate roles for late career nurses and those who have been injured on the job that allow them to perform less physically demanding work that takes advantage of their knowledge and skills. "These new initiatives will enable us to hire and keep more nurses in Ontario," said Smitherman. "We need bright new nurses to care for Ontarians today and in the future, and we need to benefit from the invaluable knowledge and expertise of experienced nurses." The minister praised Toronto East General Hospital - where the announcement was being made - for its initiatives to attract and retain nurses. "Toronto East General Hospital has shown itself to be a provincial leader by already implementing effective strategies to hire more full-time nurses and improve their working conditions," Smitherman said. "It is taking advantage of the energy and enthusiasm of new nursing graduates and the knowledge of experienced nurses to make a stronger nursing staff that will greatly benefit its patients." "Thanks must go to the government for providing funding that is going directly to strengthening our nursing staff," said Rob Devitt, President and CEO of Toronto East General Hospital. "Having more full-time nurses at our hospital means enhanced working relationships among staff, improved safety for patients and staff, and better continuity of care." "Getting more full-time nurses working in hospitals is change that's working," Smitherman said. "Together we can build a health care system that's second to none." This news release is available on our website at: http://www.health.gov.on.ca Version fran├žaise disponibleFor further information: Members of the media: Eva Lannon, Minister's Office, (416) 327-4320; Tanya Cholakov, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, (416) 314-6197; Members of the general public: (416) 327-4327, or (800) 268-1154