Commitment to Nursing Leadership "ALIVE" and Well in Home Health Care Sector

    TORONTO, March 6 /CNW/ - The Ontario Community Support Association
(OCSA), Saint Elizabeth Health Care (SEHC), VHA Home HealthCare and VON Canada
(Victorian Order of Nurses) are pleased to announce that the importance of
home health care nurses has been recognized by the Ontario Government with the
funding of a community nursing project called ALIVE (Actively Leading in
Virtual Environments).
    "We are thrilled to receive this HealthForceOntario funding of $310,000
from the Nursing Secretariat. This funding emphasizes the Ontario Government's
commitment to leadership development in the area of home care," said Sue
Matthews, Ontario VP, Operations & Chief of Practice, VON Canada, and the
project's lead organization. "It is crucial that we all recognize the
importance of strong leadership and how that translates to the quality care we
provide to Canadians each and every day."
    The goal of the ALIVE Nursing Leadership Project is to create a model of
transformational leadership that is specific to the needs of nursing leaders
in the home health care sector and will support front line nurses in the
provision of excellent client care. The model will encourage and facilitate
the growth and mentorship of leaders as highly effective front line leaders,
working with an extremely mobile, dispersed and often isolated nursing
    "Home health care nurses work in isolation and rarely have the
opportunity to meet or congregate in one location. This means that nurses must
possess unique leadership skills to supervise and manage a dispersed employee
base from a distance, as well as the nuances of working with multiple
customers such as clients, staff nurses and Community Care Access Centers,
stressed Nancy Lefebre, Chair of the OSCA Nursing Committee.
    The ALIVE Model will be developed with input from front-line nurse
managers, a literature review and analysis of current programs and resources
in community environments. Once developed, the model will be widely shared
across all health care providers in Ontario through a number of vehicles,
including regular updates in newsletters, the OCSA Website (,
Registered Nurses Association of Ontario and the Nursing Secretariat, Ministry
of Health & Long-Term Care.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: VON Canada, Thea McCarthy,
Manager, Public Affairs and Community Engagement, VON Canada, (W) (613)
288-3462, (C) (613) 203-3117; Saint Elizabeth Health Care, Nancy LeFebre,
Chief Clinical Executive, Senior VP Knowledge and Practice, Tel: (905)
968-6444; VHA Home Healthcare, Deborah Simon, Chief Nursing Officer & Vice
President, Client Services, Tel: (416) 482-8771; Ontario Community Support
Association, Cheryl Gorman, Consultant, OCSA, Tel: (416) 653-1245; ALIVE
Project Manager, Sara Lankshear,  Tel: (905) 570-3003, Email:

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