The Ontario government is investing more than $400,000 towards innovative training and hands-on learning opportunities for French-language nursing students in Ottawa so they can continue to receive world-class education during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Details were shared today by Jill Dunlop, Minister of Colleges and Universities, who was joined by Goldie Ghamari, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Colleges and Universities at Collège La Cité.
This investment is supporting the University of Ottawa, La Cité and Montfort Hospital to offer approximately 350 nursing students the tools and clinical experience they need to bolster Ontario’s health care and long-term care sectors.
“Ontario has listened to the needs of the health care community and is taking action to provide the resources and training that will help prepare nurses to deliver care in an environment that has been altered by COVID-19,” said Minister Dunlop. “We also recognize the importance of offering French-language training for nurses to prepare for work in Francophone and bilingual health settings.”
The University of Ottawa, La Cité and Montfort Hospital are pairing patient care with simulation exercises which enables Francophone students to develop their clinical competency skills. The approach ensures that hospital health and safety regulations enhanced by COVID-19 are respected while allowing currently non-accessible clinical activities to take place through simulation activities.
The University of Ottawa and La Cité will also jointly develop virtual modules in French so students can learn certain skills in a safe, virtual environment, dealing particularly with essential competencies such as ethics, infections and immunity.
This initiative is supported through labour market transfers between the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.