Critical Care Strategy

Critical Care Nurse Training Fund

Building on the success of the Ministry of Health's 2005 Critical Care Strategy, ongoing human resource planning is essential for the efficient provision of critical care services. With increased competency levels, trained critical care nurses reduce preventable harm, improve patient safety and enhance consistency of care.

The Critical Care Strategy detailed initiatives that would maximize utilization of current physical capacity, improve patient flow through critical care units and implement strategies to mitigate demand for critical care services while providing outreach from critical care units. Key to the success of these initiatives was the planning of Health Human Resources (HHR).

The annual Critical Care Nurse Training Fund (CCNTF) has been a tremendous adjunct to ensuring all components of the provincial Critical Care Strategy can be sustained and successful. Critical care nurses trained to provincially-recognized standards have the ability to manage rapidly-changing clinical situations, anticipate patient needs, and have increased confidence at the bedside.

System capacity investments such as the CCNTF maximize human resources with dedicated training support to assist hospitals with the costs of educating critical care nurses to the provincially-recognized critical care nurse training standards. The dedicated training fund aligns the need for provincially-recognized critical care nurse training standards with the rapid technology advancements within fast-paced, high acuity critical care units across Ontario.

Over the last fourteen years, the CCNTF has helped support over 7,400 new nurses to critical care and approximately 950 mid-career critical care nurses with training costs.

Hospitals can apply for funding each year via the application process as managed by Critical Care Services Ontario (CCSO). Funding eligibility and amounts are dependent on the quality of the application and the number of applications received. The applications are evaluated according to 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.

Call for Applications: 2021/22 Critical Care Nurse Training Fund

The CCNTF is in its fifteenth year of implementation. The call for applications will be emailed by CCSO.

In 2015/16, the CCNTF expanded to include training support for mid-career nurses (nurses with three to ten years of experience working in critical care units). A separate Mid-Career application form must be completed by hospitals who wish to apply.

In 2020/21, CCNTF further expanded to help support training costs for Neonatal Intensive Care Nurses (new nurses working in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)). A separate NICU application form must be completed by hospitals who wish to apply.

All applications must be submitted to CCSO by 5:00 p.m. on January 15, 2021.

For more information please contact CCSO.

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