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Fully utilizing nurse practitioners (NPs) in response to COVID-19
Ontario is facing an unprecedented need for effectively trained health professionals to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. We are hearing from all parts of the health system that current self quarantine measures, combined with child care concerns due to closed schools, are causing shortages of trained HHR across the system, particularly in hard hit hospitals and rural communities.
We at the Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario have been hearing urgent calls from our members to help any way they can. We are able to activate large numbers of highly trained NP professionals who are currently not fully employed to help wherever they are needed.

The NPAO is requesting that the Ministry of Health work with us to develop a plan to rapidly deploy NPs to sites where they are most needed. NPAO is actively collecting names of nurse practitioners that are ready to be deployed into areas of need.

What We Know
- NPAO has over 100 NPs listed as wanting to help;
- NPs are ready and willing to help with the Covid 19 crisis;
- 20% of the NP workforce in Ontario is unemployed or under-employed;
- NPs will ease the burden on struggling community providers; and,
- NPs will provide the necessary care required in under-serviced areas;
- An urgent remuneration strategy must be developed for employers to access to hire qualified NPs.

Key Areas Where Nurse Practitioners can help for COVID-19 Response. NPs are currently available to:
- Work in rural and remote and acute care areas
- Provide telemedicine healthcare
- Telehealth and assist, triage and test
  • Return of retirees
  • Licensure flexibility
  • Back-up solutions for absenteeism
  • Back-fill solutions for staff moving to front-lines
  • Cross-sector staff deployments
  • Telehealth/virtual care
  • Alternative deployments for health workers whose normal duties are temporarily suspended
  • Task shifting/delegation
  • Expanded roles
  • Nurse Practitioners*
The Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario (NPAO) was founded in 1973 by a group of Nurse Practitioner (NP) graduates from the two newly established NP education programs in Ontario at that time: McMaster University and the University of Toronto. NPAO was founded to represent nurse practitioners primarily functioning in primary care in Ontario.
  • Community Health Services
  • Critical Care
  • Diagnostic Services
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Home Care Services
  • Hospitals
  • Indigenous Health Services
  • Long-Term Care
  • Mental Health Services
  • Primary Health Care
  • Public Health
  • Other
  • Urban/Suburban
  • Rural
  • Remote
Research Intervention - outcome data available
Nurse Practitioners' Association of Ontario (NPAO)
(437) 980 – 4566
Canada - Ontario
Canada
English
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