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CASN Residency Program - HC Agreement Press Release

April 25, 2023 – Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (“CASN”) issued a statement today announcing the award of a C$2.4 million Health Canada contribution agreement for the funding of an initiative supporting Canadian research and development of a National New Nurse Residency Program.

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Normally, program costs will be paid by the Health Institution (the employer), however, the recently awarded Health Canada contribution agreement will cover the cost for the first 15-20 employers to participate in the CASN Residency Program and evaluation research project. Apply for free* now!

*This does not cover the preceptor-mentor release time costs. There is no cost to nursing graduates.

April 20, 2023 – Ottawa, Ontario – Government of Canada Announces Support to Help Address Workforce Challenges and Retention in Nursing Field

“As Canada’s largest group of health professionals with more than 400,000 members, nurses are critical to Canada’s health care system. That is why, building on Budget 2023 investments and to further support nurses specifically, today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, announced $2.4 million to the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) to support the implementation and evaluation of a National Nurse Residency Program.”

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Yellowknife, May 10, 2023 – During Nursing Week the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority is proud to announce the continuation of a partnership with the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) for the implementation of the Nursing Residency Program.

This 6-month program supports newly graduated registered nurses (RNs) within their first year in managing the transition from classroom to workplace, as well as providing training for seasoned RNs to support, orient, and mentor students in the workplace. On April 20th, 2023, the Canadian Minister of Health announced $2.4 million to the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) to support the implementation and evaluation of a National Nurse Residency Program.

“While this is the program’s second year in the NWT, it has already shown improvements in recruitment and retention for northern healthcare. With continued contributions to 2027, the program will remain a key support for nursing graduates working in the NWT. To date, the Nursing Residency Program has trained 41 Registered Nurses across the territory for their roles as Preceptors and Mentors, and 9 RN graduates completed the first cohort in 2022, with 8 of these nurses remaining in the NWT. We are proud to announce that in 2023 that there are 16 new RN’s joining the Nursing Residency Program starting in July.”

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