At Halton Healthcare, we foster a culture of lifelong learning. Our nurses are supported by a number of initiatives to learn, advance and specialize so they can develop and grow their careers.
A team of Professional Practice Clinicians (PPCs) provide professional practice support and leadership to our nurses. This group provides the professional practice infrastructure for professional nursing within the organization. Responsibilities include the nursing orientation program, preceptorship program, planning and implementing strategies to meet the on-going learning needs of nurses within the programs, policy and program development and implementation of best practices. Establishing the professional practice priorities for the PPC group to ensure nurses are supported throughout the organization occurs on an annual basis.
Durham College Critical Care Program
All three Hospitals are committed to providing Registered Nurses with an opportunity to grow their career in Critical Care. Since 2007, the unit has supported new graduate and experienced medical/surgical Registered Nurses in a combined academic program and practical orientation process through the "Critical Care Nursing Hub of Excellence" at Durham College. The program includes e-learning courses, simulation education and hands-on preceptored experience in our Critical Care Unit. Upon successful completion of the course, Registered Nurses receive a Level 3 Critical Care Certificate from Durham College.
Interprofessional Preceptorship Program
As an organization, Halton Healthcare is actively involved in the education and preceptoring of nursing students from universities and colleges from across the province as well as students from as far as PEI and Vancouver! Our staff nurses have a distinguished history of this invaluable clinical teaching role that helps to shape and cement their theoretical knowledge base. During a school semester, it is common for us to provide placements for approximately 175 nursing students–both Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses–throughout its three hospitals and across a variety of clinical care settings.
The eLearning centre gives Halton Healthcare staff access to online courses, quizzes and more. Staff may complete the required training at a time and place that is convenient for them and can access the online courses from any computer that has high-speed internet access. Staff can control the pace of the course–go as fast or as slow as they choose, repeat sections, take a break whenever they like and return to the course at another time. All online learning activities are tracked–this means that staff are building their training and education history and managers can track compliance.
Inter-professional Practice Advisory Council (IPPAC)
The IPPAC meets on a monthly basis and functions in an advisory capacity to the CNO/Professional Practice Leader. IPPAC provides input into new policies and procedures affecting the multidisciplinary team to ensure compliance with Regulatory College standards. Regulatory news is a standing item for discussion on the monthly agenda. The committee supports professional learning by planning and organizing inter-professional “Lunch and Learn” education sessions that are offered two to three times per year.
Partnerships with Educational Institutions
Halton Healthcare continues to partner with a broad range and number of educational facilities primarily in the province of Ontario, but increasingly, from out of province/out of the country (e.g. the U.S.A.) to provide clinical placements for students from all professional disciplines. Nursing Baccalaureate and Practical Nursing Programs are our major focus. Access to speciality areas continues to increase as a way to offer unique learning opportunities. A student orientation program is evolving to include all health professional students. In the coming year, we hope to offer the Electronic Documentation and Order Entry training in e-learning modules. Hand Hygiene and WHIMIS modules using the e-learning program are available.
Benefits of Nursing at Halton Healthcare
- A team-oriented environment and a community atmosphere… that values your individual contributions and celebrates your caring approach
- Competitive salary and benefits… that consider your experience
- An award-winning, Health-Canada-funded employee wellness program… that promotes and enables healthy work-life balance… we also have on-site fitness centres
- New nursing staff are welcomed with a customized orientation program specifically tailored to their individual needs to ensure their success in becoming a valued member of our medical team
- As part of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's New Graduate Guarantee, new graduate nurses benefit from an enhanced classroom orientation and a lengthy "above staffing complement" clinical orientation
- All nurses are encouraged and supported to develop professionally through financial support for continuing education programs
- Supported career path opportunities through our Professional Practice Clinicians
- Ours Grow Your Own Professional Development Programs and Specialized Clinical Internships provide opportunities for experienced nurses interested in specializing in particular areas like Intensive Care or Renal Dialysis
- A commitment to continuously improve scheduling practices, and the use of automated scheduling technology… in order to balance both personal and professional needs
- Solid orientation programs appropriate for recent graduates and experienced nurses… intended to reduce some of the stress related to a new job and helping you feel successful in your new role
- Using a model of Clinical Champions and Clinical Mentors, we have invested in the professional development of nurses to develop expertise in wound care and safer elder care as well as patient safety champions
- Support for nurses interested in pursuing Canadian Nurses Association Specialty Certification is available
- Professional Development “PD Days" are rotated among sites. These days provide an opportunity to highlight changes to clinical practice, policies, equipment and technology and are directed towards the inter-professional team
- "Lunch and Learns" and full-day workshops are common on-site offerings. Nursing Grand Rounds feature Guest Speakers on a variety of interesting and thought-provoking topics
- A one-day preceptorship workshop is offered to all health professionals interested in developing expertise in this area. •On-site BCLS and ACLS certification and recertification are offered
- Staff fun and appreciation events… whether an event is for all staff, our children, or peers within a department, these events add to the spirit that makes it a great place to work
- A solid, well-trained leadership team, at all levels, constantly striving to make Halton Healthcare a better place for employees, patients, customers alike