Health Workforce Planning Branch

Mid Career

Attending Nurse Practitioners in Long-Term Care Homes Initiative
The government is improving the quality of life and care of residents in long-term care homes (LTCHs) by funding a total of 75 new positions over three years, starting in 2016, through the Attending Nurse Practitioners (NP) in LTCHs initiative.

Attending NPs have overall responsibility for the management and coordination of care for residents in LTC (Long-Term Care) homes. They provide clinical leadership for the home’s inter-professional team, working collaboratively with physicians, staff and health system partners in the community.

The Attending NP role includes direct resident care (70%) and leadership activities, research and quality improvement (30%). Major responsibilities of the Attending NP include:

  • Development and implementation of the residents’ plan of care in collaboration with residents and their families, and the LTC home’s health care team
  • Providing proactive screening and assessment, timely episodic care and specialist referrals, follow-up care, ongoing chronic disease management, palliative and end-of-life care
  • Leadership and collaboration in research, education and evidence-based practices

Under the initiative, Home and Community Care Support Services is collaborating with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to select LTCHs that could most benefit from the services of an Attending NP. In order to assist employers with recruitment, a Recruitment and Integration Toolkit has been developed.

A full description of the Attending NP initiative and role can be found in the Attending Nurse Practitioners in Long-Term Care Homes Initiative Funding Policy.

Grow Your Own Nurse Practitioner Initiative
The Grow Your Own Nurse Practitioner (GYONP) involves re-purposing government funds already allocated to a Nurse Practitioner (NP) position, so that a community can sponsor a Registered Nurse (RN) to complete their post-graduate Primary Health Care NP education. The funds are used for salary continuance and tuition. Participating RNs sign a return of service agreement with the sponsoring organization.
Learn more about the Grow Your Own Nurse Practitioner Initiative

Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Education Program
The Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Education Program provides advanced education and clinical experience to Nurse Practitioner (NP) students in preparation for the Canadian Nurse Practitioner Exam-Family/All Ages. Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioners make significant contributions to Ontario's health care system and the nursing workforce by providing comprehensive nursing services including health promotion, disease and injury prevention, treatment, cure rehabilitation and support.

For More Information

Capacity and Health Workforce Planning Branch
Telephone: 416-327-8500

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