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Nursing Initiatives

Every year, CCACs continue to"" see more vulnerable patients who need higher levels of care: increasingly, their health needs are more acute and the interventions and support they need are more complex than ever before.

To address that need, more nurses are being hired by CCACs to provide front-line care to the most vulnerable patients: students with mental health or addiction issues; frail seniors and adults; children with complex, serious illnesses; and patients needing end-of-life care.

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has created new nursing initiatives to address specific patient needs:


Mental Health and Addictions Nurses

This school-based program delivers direct care to students with mental health and addiction issues, provided by qualified Mental Health and Addictions Nurses.

Direct care can involve  one-on-one consultations, mental health education for families, short-term therapy and communications with doctors and school staff.

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Rapid Response Nurses

Rapid Response Nurses provide support to both adult and child patients with high care needs as they transition home from hospital. Services include: a visit 24 hours post-hospital discharge; medication reconciliation; comprehensive nursing assessment; and patient and family education.

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Hospice Palliative Care Nurse Practitioners

Hospice Palliative Care Nurse Practitioners act as a bridge to connect, support and care for patients with life-limiting illness and their families/caregivers. They provide direct hospice palliative care to ensure earlier identification of hospice palliative care patients and provision of hospice palliative care support. They facilitate strong partnerships and communication with primary care providers and specialist physicians, along with other health-care providers. Earlier identification of hospice palliative care needs, increases the number of patients supported to live their remaining days at home and reduces avoidable hospital emergency department visits and  readmissions for palliative patients.

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