New Education Opportunity for Nurses in Palliative Care
TORONTO, Feb. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - North York General Hospital (NYGH) has
launched a new fellowship for nurses interested in learning about the
practice of palliative care in home and hospital settings.
The Advanced Practice Nursing (APN) Fellowship is the first of its kind
in Ontario. Fellows will spend six months, beginning in July 2013,
gaining hands-on experience in the delivery of comprehensive palliative
care tailored to the unique needs of every patient and their family.
Nurses who have completed the fellowship will have acquired the
expertise to provide palliative care to patients, whether it is in
hospital or at home.
"Ninety per cent of Canadians facing the end of their lives can benefit
from the type of care North York General's palliative care program
provides, but only one in four have access," says Dr. Nina Horvath,
Medical Director, Freeman Centre for the Advancement of Palliative
Care, North York General Hospital. "As our community grows and ages,
the need for comprehensive integrated palliative care will become even
"The APN Fellowship in Palliative Care is an excellent example of how we
will improve the quality of care we provide patients by giving clinical
staff, in this case, advanced practice nurses, opportunities to develop
specialized skills, and to participate in scholarly work that will
drive innovations in care into the future," says Dr. Tim Rutledge,
President and CEO, North York General Hospital.
The national strategy on end-of-life care outlines the importance of
education and sharing best practices to ensure health care
professionals are prepared to care for dying patients. The APN
Fellowship in Palliative Care will help increase capacity, provide
opportunities for research, and ensure patients are being treated
following best practices in care.
A generous gift of $1 million from Zoltan and Yetta Freeman, combined
with an additional $1 million from the NYGH Foundation provided funding
to educate the next generation of palliative care physicians, nurses
and care providers and will advance research in palliative care. The
APN Fellowship is a critical component and is a reflection of the
resources now dedicated to the Freeman Centre.
Partners across Ontario, including the de Souza Institute, Cancer Care
Ontario, the University of Toronto, the University of Windsor, York
University, Ryerson University and Beth Israel Medical Centre in New
York City, generously contributed time and expertise to the development
of NYGH's APN Fellowship in Palliative Care.
North York General Hospital, affiliated with the University of Toronto,
is one of Canada's leading community academic hospitals. We offer our
culturally diverse community a wide range of acute care, ambulatory and
long-term care services across three sites. North York General takes a
purposeful approach to meeting and exceeding patient's expectations.
The patient experience is at the heart of everything we do.
SOURCE: North York General Hospital
For further information:
Elizabeth McCarthy, Senior Communications Specialist
North York General Hospital