This funding will support 29 seats in this year’s 2013/14 program, said Sudbury MPP Rick Bartolucci.
“Nurse practitioners are a valuable and integral part of our health-care system,” said Bartolucci. “The support of this program is pivotal to being able to deliver on many of our government’s commitments to increase access to primary care closer to home.”
Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioners (PHCNPs) are registered nurses, who are specialists in primary health care, who provide accessible, comprehensive and effective care to clients of all ages.
They have the independent authority to perform additional controlled acts including: diagnosing of common diseases, prescribing and administration of certain treatments and medications, and ordering basic diagnostic tests (i.e., lab tests and x-rays).
This investment is part of the HealthForceOntario strategy designed to ensure that Ontario has the right number and mix of appropriately-educated health care providers working in communities across Ontario.
"Developing the future talent pool for health-care professionals through our health-related bachelor, masters' and PhD programs is one of our key contributions as a university to the well-being of the communities we serve," said Dominic Giroux, president and vice-chancellor of Laurentian University.
Provincewide, up to 200 seats across nine universities which deliver the program are being supported. The annual funding allocation supports the government commitment announced in 2007 committing $5 million to expand the program by 50 seats.
Around 88 per cent of nurse practitioners are working in Ontario, 72 per cent of which are primary health care.