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Ontario investing in long-term care education

By CJ Goater Jan 31, 2024 | 12:52 PM

Stan Cho Sceen Capture via Government of Ontario Announcement Youtube

Ontario is investing $94.5 million over three years to extend the Preceptor Resource and Education Program for long-term care.

The program provides long-term care homes funding to help increase the quality and capacity for clinical student placements in Ontario. The program is entering year three and, LTC homes will be eligible to enroll and register to receive additional funding to support the coordination of clinical placements.

Since its launch in 2021, the program has already helped 500 long-term care homes provide clinical placements for over 17,000 nursing and personal support worker students.

With the new investment, the program now aims to train more than 3,000 new preceptors and support 31,000 new clinical placements by 2027.

“Our government is fixing long-term care by training, hiring and retaining thousands of health care workers to provide high-quality care for residents,” said Minister of Long-Term Care Stan Cho. “We’re investing in programs that are building a pipeline of talent for the future and giving them more hands-on clinical training so our long-term care residents get the high-quality care they deserve.”

Clinical placements are key to providing nursing and personal support worker students with hands-on experience on-site in long-term care homes under the supervision of experienced staff who are trained for this role.

“Ontario’s young people are playing a critical role in delivering quality health care and support for family and seniors living in long-term care, as we invest in graduating thousands of students into rewarding professions like nursing and PSWs. We will continue to support more hands-on learning programs that encourage high school students to pursue meaningful careers that make a difference in our community and country,” said Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce.

Positive clinical placement experiences drive recruitment, as students often take jobs in the homes where they complete their placements. Meanwhile, becoming a preceptor gives existing long-term care staff the opportunity for career development and growth.