McGuinty Government Strengthens Ontario's Health Care System By Improving Training For Nurses

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McGuinty Government Strengthens Ontario's Health Care System By Improving Training For Nurses

Ministry of Health

Simulators Provide Hands-On Clinical Practice TORONTO, Nov. 16 - The McGuinty government is improving the education of nurses by investing a further $10 million this year in clinical simulation equipment, Health and Long-Term Care Minister George Smitherman announced today. "Nurses are a critical part of any quality health care system, and we have a responsibility to ensure that they are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need," Smitherman said. "This clinical simulation equipment will help nursing students become better prepared through hands on clinical practice." Clinical simulators are anatomically correct computer-run mannequins designed to exhibit signs and symptoms of injury or illness and responses to treatments just as a human does. Ontario is the first province to embrace this important innovation in nursing education. "This announcement clearly demonstrates how government and nursing education are working together to further our shared agenda to prepare registered nurses who provide the highest quality of care to the people of Ontario." said Kileen Tucker Scott, Chair of the Council of Ontario University Programs of Nursing. "This initiative will help practical nursing students gain valuable skills to provide quality patient care," said Joanne Young Evans, Executive Director of the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario. "The announcement shows the government's support for all categories of nurses in ensuring access to clinical simulation equipment at all schools offering nursing education in Ontario." This is the second consecutive year that funding is being made available to nursing schools for the purchase of clinical simulators. It is part of the government's $145 million nursing strategy, which aims to improve access to full-time employment opportunities and to enhance working conditions for nurses in Ontario's hospitals. This $10 million announcement includes $2.95 million that will be used to develop Clinical Centres of Excellence for key nursing priorities including critical care continuing education, northern nursing education, aboriginal nursing education, and rural nursing education. A call for applications for the development of Clinical Centres of Excellence will open in December and close in mid-January. This initiative is part of the McGuinty government's plan to build a better health care system that delivers on three priorities - providing better access to doctors and nurses, keeping Ontarians healthy and reducing wait times. This news release, along with other media materials, such as matte stories and audio clips, on other subjects, are available on our website at: http://www.health.gov.on.ca under the News Media section. For more information on achievements in health care, visit: www.resultsontario.gov.on.ca. Version française disponible Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- INVESTING IN CLINICAL SIMULATION EQUIPMENT As health care systems become increasingly complex, it is important for education to keep up with those changes, incorporating innovations to prepare students as they move into clinical settings. Clinical simulation will help to ensure that students get the most out of their educational experience. Ontario is the first province to embrace this important innovation in nursing education. For the second year in a row, the government is providing funding for the purchase of clinical simulation equipment. This $10 million announcement is in addition to last year's investment of more than $10 million for clinical simulation equipment for a total of more than $20 million over two years. 2005/06 Clinical Simulations Equipment Funding ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Applicant City LHIN Funding ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ryerson University Toronto Toronto Central $1,826,500 Centennial College George Brown ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Humber Institute of Toronto Toronto Central $485,300 Technology & Advanced Learning, School of Health Sciences ------------------------------------------------------------------------- The University of Windsor Erie-St. Clair $600,000 Windsor ------------------------------------------------------------------------- McMaster University Hamilton Niagara Haldimand $600,000 Brant ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mohawk College Hamilton Niagara Haldimand $597,400 Brant ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sheridan College Oakville Mississauga Halton $400,000 Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning ------------------------------------------------------------------------- College Boreal d'arts Sudbury North East $584,530 appliques et de technologie ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cambrian College of Sudbury North East $450,000 Applied Arts and Technology ------------------------------------------------------------------------- St. Lawrence College Kingston South East $600,000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Trent University Peterborough Central East $355,200 Sir Sanford Fleming College ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Brock University St. Catharines Niagara Haldimand $550,500 Brant ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 6 Clinical Simulation To be Allocated $2,950,570 Labs ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Total $10,000,000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Clinical Centres of Excellence ------------------------------ This $10 million announcement includes $2.95 million to develop Clinical Centres of Excellence for key nursing priorities including critical care continuing education, northern nursing education, aboriginal nursing education, and rural nursing education. A call for applications for the development of Clinical Centres of Excellence will open in December and close in mid-January. The emphasis of the review criteria will be on the ability of applicants to work collaboratively with other schools of nursing to address the specific needs related to these five areas. Investments in 2004/05 ---------------------- Today's $10 million is in addition to the more than $10 million invested in 2004/05 for clinical simulation equipment. As a result of these two investments, every nursing school in Ontario has now received funding to assist with the clinical simulation equipment. In 2004/05, funding went to the following schools: - $324,777 for Loyalist College in Belleville - $650,000 for Laurential University in Sudbury - $850,000 for Lakehead University in Partnership with Confederation College in Thunder Bay - $495,040 for Sault College in Sault Ste. Marie - $597,529 for Queen's University in Kingston - $577,330 for Canadore College in Partnership with Nipissing University in North Bay - $900,000 for University Western Ontario in Partnership with Fanshawe College in London - $196,388 for Lambton College in Sarnia - $448,251 for St. Clair College in Windsor - $400,000 for Toronto's Seneca College - $650,000 for Algonquin College in Nepean - $600,000 for the University of Toronto - $605,464 for Conestoga College in Kitchener - $650,000 for the University of Ottawa - $690,302 for University of Ontario Institute of Technology/Durham College in Oshawa - $658,446 for York University in Toronto - $706,473 for Northern College in Timmins - $490,000 for Georgian College in Barrie. This represents a total investment of $10,490,000 in 2004/05. Contact Info For further information: Members of the media: David Spencer, Minister's Office, (416) 327-4320; David Jensen, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, (416) 314-6197; Members of the general public: (416) 327-4327, or 1-800-268-1154 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Members of the media: David Spencer, Minister's Office, (416) 327-4320; David Jensen, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, (416) 314-6197; Members of the general public: (416) 327-4327, or 1-800-268-1154