Celebrate Nurse Practitioners' Week 2022

October 21, 2022

We recognize the vital role that Nurse Practitioners (NPs) play in our health-care system and celebrate the work of our NP members during Nurse Practitioner Week, November 13-19.

NP Week is held annually to raise awareness of the exceptional care they provide to communities across Ontario. It is an opportunity to educate policy-makers on the need to harness the full potential of NPs to improve timely access to health care for all Canadians.

In 2018, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions released the results of its Pan-Canadian Nurse Practitioner (NP) Retention & Recruitment Project which looked at ways to improve working conditions to better retain and attract NPs and expand NP positions throughout the health-care system. Read the full report.

On October 5, 2022, the Ontario government announced its new Hiring More Nurse Practitioners (HMNP) for Long-Term Care program. According to this plan, the province will invest $57.6 million over the next three years to hire 225 additional NPs in the long-term care (LTC) sector.

In response, ONA stated in a media release that while this is a start, it is not enough. ONA President Cathryn Hoy says, “ONA has long urged this government to fund more full-time Nurse Practitioners (NPs) for long-term care, to bring their exceptional skills, education and knowledge and enable them to provide care to residents who are medically complex. While this is a start, the timelines can and should be accelerated to benefit residents.”

Do you have photos or stories about NP Week that you'd like to share with the ONA community? Email them to us at digital@ona.org and we'll post them on our website and social media channels! Be sure to include the appropriate Local number with your submission.