Long-term care provider Revera Inc. and York University have teamed up to provide specialized training for registered nurses who are long-term care home directors of care or who wish to one day hold this position.
The two organizations signed a memorandum of understanding recently to create a research and education partnership devoted to aging, and the Director of Care Certificate in Clinical Leadership (DOCL) program is the first step in this process.
Twenty students from Revera’s long-term care homes in Ontario, Manitoba, British Columbia and Alberta began classes Oct. 21. This first cohort of students will take four courses during the academic year while continuing to work.
The idea behind the DOCL program and partnership between Revera and York University is to improve the quality of care for residents in Revera long-term care homes.
“The DOCL program is going to provide much needed, advanced training for RNs taking on this crucial role (of director of care),” says Joanne Dykeman, vice-president of clinical services and quality at Revera.
“The role of director of care has increased in complexity along with the increased care needs of long-term care residents. We’ve worked very closely with York and our most experienced directors of care to ensure that the curriculum delivers practical and essential leadership skills training.”
The partnership will also include opportunities for community-based education for students enrolled in York’s faculty of health as well as research collaboration between Revera and York’s Centre for Aging Research and Education.
Harvey Skinner, dean of York’s faculty of health, says the partnership is a win-win for the university and Revera.
“RNs will benefit from specialized leadership training delivered by our health leadership and learning network; research into healthy aging will be advanced by our faculty experts; and students will benefit from experiential education opportunities within Revera’s facilities that will enrich their learning opportunities and career prospects in this rapidly growing sector,” he says.
This educational partnership is the first of its kind in Canada between a private long-term care provider and a university.
Writer: Deron Hamel
Photo caption: The inaugural class in the Director of Care Certificate in Clinical Leadership program is seen here in this Oct. 21 photo.
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