Nursing Graduate Guarantee 86 Per Cent Of Participants Gain Full Time Employment



    1st Anniversary Results Reverse Historic Trend

    TORONTO, March 6 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Eighty-six per cent of new nursing graduates who have completed the
Nursing Graduate Guarantee program have landed full time work in Ontario over
the past year reversing a historical trend.
    Ontario's Nursing Graduate Guarantee is a new program designed to give
nurses on-the-job experience following graduation from college or university.
    Over 2,660 Ontario graduates have taken advantage of a job opportunity
through the program, which provides a guaranteed seven-and-a-half month work
placement to transition into a full-time permanent position as they become
available. Preliminary data from more than 165 employers indicates that, of
those graduates who have completed the program, 86 per cent have secured full
time employment and another 10 per cent have part-time employment.

    QUOTES

    "These results are spectacular," said George Smitherman, Deputy Premier
and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. "By working together with employers
we are bringing new nursing graduates into the workforce rather than leaving
them to search for greater pastures elsewhere."
    "The new graduate initiative was such a benefit for me because I got a
full time job in nursing right after finishing school," said Tara Johnson, a
new registered nurse at The Hospital for Sick Children. "My orientation at
Sick Kids was so rewarding for me professionally. I learned how to educate
patients and families about their diagnosis, upcoming treatment plans, side
effects and emotional support needed when caring for children and their
families with cancer."
    "It is a one stop shop for nursing graduates to find work and
experience," said Vincent Lee, president of the Nursing Students of Ontario.
"It's such a great opportunity for us."
    "This program has been able to take the nursing graduate at the start of
their career and bring them into the profession to gain the kind of valuable
experience they need," said Mary Ferguson-Pare, President of RNAO and Chief
Nurse Executive at University Health Network. "It is filling a critical void
in the health care system."

    QUICK FACTS

    
    -   Before Ontario implemented the Nursing Graduate Guarantee:
        -  40 per cent of registered nurses found full-time jobs after
           graduation

    -   After Ontario implemented the Nursing Graduate Guarantee:
        -  89 per cent of registered nurses found full-time jobs after
           graduation using the program

    -   In the first year of the program:
        -  86 per cent of registered nurse and registered practical nurse
           graduates who completed the program have secured full-time
           permanent employment
        -  10 per cent have landed part-time permanent positions.

    -   242 facilities across Ontario have participated and benefited from
        the Nursing Graduate Guarantee. The program is the largest of its
        kind in the world, ahead of initiatives underway on Vancouver Island,
        B.C. and in Victoria, Australia.

    -   Ontario launched the Nursing Graduate Guarantee in February 2007 with
        an initial $89 million investment. The program will be extended for
        another year.

    LEARN MORE

    View over 5,700 Nursing Graduate Guarantee <a href="https://www.hfojobs.ca/Default.aspx">employment opportunities</a>.

    Visit <a href="http://www.healthforceontario.ca/Work/InsideOntario/OntarioNurses/NursingGradGuarantee.aspx">HealthForceOntario</a> for information on the Nursing Graduate
    Guarantee.

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For further information:

For further information: Laurel Ostfield, Minister's Office, (416)
212-4048; Andrew Morrison, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, (416)
314-6197

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