Funding for NPs draws praise in ON, but more seats, improved retention rate needed

A recent $57.6M funding commitment from the Government of Ontario to place more nurse practitioners in long-term care homes has received applause from those in and around the health care sector. Dr Kristen Jones-Bonofiglio, Director of the School of Nursing at Lakehead University, said that the initiative needs to be backed with further action, such as improving retention rates in the field and increasing the number of seats in undergraduate nursing programs, to increase the number of practicing NPs. “I think we’re at the start of something that has really incredible potential,” said Jones-Bonofiglio said. “Not only to stop … or slow down the flow … into acute care settings, but also … for say, older adults to live really well in the community or in long term care settings.” CBC Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.