Critical Care Strategy

Critical Care Nurse Training Fund

Building on the success of The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's 2005 Critical Care Strategy, The 2015-2018 Ontario Critical Care Plan illustrates that 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 HHR resources.

The annual critical care Nurse Training Fund 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 Critical Care Nurse Training Fund (CCNTF) maximize human resources with a dedicated $4.5M training program 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.

Since 2006/07, over 3500 critical care nurses have received in-house and/or college-based critical care training.

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: 2016/17 Critical Care Nurse Training Fund

The Critical Care Nurse Training Fund is in its tenth year of implementation.  The call for applications will be emailed by CCSO, from the dedicated email address:

In 2016/17, the Critical Care Nurse Training Fund is expanding 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 (both applications will be emailed from CCSO).

All applications must be submitted to by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 7, 2016.

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