Innovative partnership for the CEPEO and the UCPR

On February 7, 2024, the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (the “CEPEO”) and the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (the “UCPR”) announced an innovative partnership between the école des adultes Le Carrefour and the Prescott and Russell Residence. This collaboration marks an important step in both organizations’ commitment to education and community well-being…. Continue reading

This article was originally published on the Prescott and Russell website.

On February 7, 2024, the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (the “CEPEO”) and the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (the “UCPR”) announced an innovative partnership between the école des adultes Le Carrefour and the Prescott and Russell Residence. This collaboration marks an important step in both organizations’ commitment to education and community well-being.

This partnership is a unique learning opportunity. It enables 21 learners enrolled at the école des adultes Le Carrefour to receive training as personal support workers in a living classroom setting, on the premises of the Prescott and Russell Residence in Hawkesbury.

“The Prescott and Russell Residence is an important resource in our community. This partnership will not only improve the quality of life of residents, but it will also provide learners with a unique perspective on community service. I would also like to thank the Government of Ontario for its financial support, which is essential to the realization of this project,” said Gilles Fournier, school board trustee.

“This partnership marks a new era in our commitment to education and the well-being of our learners. We are delighted to collaborate with the United Counties of Prescott and Russell to offer an enriching and innovative educational experience,” declared Christian-Charle Bouchard, Director of Education of the CEPEO.

The press conference unveiled the details of this unique collaboration. The école des adultes Le Carrefour and the Prescott and Russell Residence are joining forces to offer learners a unique educational experience, right in the heart of a long-term care home.

“The école des adultes Le Carrefour’s program is rooted in a long-term vision of the healthcare services in the region. By investing in applied learning and field studies, we ensure that the next generation of caregivers is committed and trained to provide high-quality long-term care,” shared Pierre Leroux, Warden of the UCPR.

“We are already seeing the results of the program: learners are confident and caring, while our residents receive highly professional, personalized care and services. When the new Prescott and Russell Residence opens its doors later this year, the program’s learners will have the opportunity to work in a modern long-term care facility that has the potential to become a model in Ontario,” said Eric Larocque, Administrator of the Prescott and Russell Residence.

The CEPEO and the UCPR eagerly anticipate the positive results of this collaboration and the impact it will have on education in our community.

NNDSB’S PSW Graduates Filling Community Labour Gaps

The first graduates of Near North District School Board’s (NNDSB) personal support worker (PSW) program are already filling labour gaps in local health care…. Continue reading

Reprinted from Near North District School Board

The first graduates of Near North District School Board’s (NNDSB) personal support worker (PSW) program are already filling labour gaps in local health care.

The program, which began in February, graduated 24 students this month and all of them – 100 per cent – are hired or have been offered employment in the field. Lisa Spencer, NNDSB’s Secondary Program Coordinator, SHSM and Experiential Learning says the goal of the program was to support community needs, and to contribute to the development of PSWs ready to start a career in healthcare.

Spencer says the wrap-around support that students receiced since inquiring about the program has helped develop “confident and proud PSWs” who graduated ready to begin their careers as frontline healthcare workers.

The training that PSW students receive in NNDSB’s living classroom settings is outlined by the Ontario Ministry of Health Long-term Care and the Ontario Ministry of Education. The quality is assured by Ontario Association of Adult and Continuing Education School Board Administrators (CESBA), a provincially funded organization that ensures adult and continuing education programs are accessible, affordable and support student success.

The training, she says, “aligns with every other program in the province, and students have the experience and credentials of every other PSW in Ontario.”

The living classroom, however, offers what many believe is an advantage in training. Spencer says having the ability to learn on the floor means that students are instructed in the classroom, and their education is deepened by what they learn from the PSWs and nurses who work there.

In Parry Sound, both instructor Nicole Robinson and Belvedere Heights administrator Kami Johnson say the ability to learn in class then practice on the floor enriches the learning opportunities for students and enhances the relationships between students and staff, and students and residents.

Robinson started her career in health care as a PSW and is now a registered practical nurse at Belvedere Heights. She can’t say enough about the increased learning opportunities provided to NNDSB PSW students via the living classroom.

For example, the students were able to provide palliative care to a resident, and they supplemented in-class learning by practicing and by watching the staff.

Robinson says her co-workers are excited to have the students in the building and will text her to let her know when there are learning opportunities; the students are invited to watch and participate in processes common in long-term care. The students are also invited to Belvedere Heights training sessions, so they are learning about new techniques and equipment.

“Hands down, this is the best way to learn,” enthuses Robinson. “The staff embrace my students and go the extra mile for them. They have been welcoming because they could be their next co-workers.”

Johnson echoes that sentiment. “I am blown away by the benefits of the living classroom,” she says, adding that there has been a huge positive affect on residents.

The addition of students to floor means that residents have increased numbers of interactions and relationships, and for staff, it means they get to know their future colleagues. Johnson says she has preceptors knocking on her door offering to support the PSW students.

The quality of the work of the 10 students who graduated from the Parry Sound program is excellent, says Johnson. “They are confident and competent,” she says. The students’ work has been a great addition to the team, and she says “a consistent team makes for improved resident outcomes and better quality of life. This is a critical program.”

The PSW program is but one example of the outcomes being achieved through the board’s multi-year strategic plan. In this instance, the focus on excellence in relationships and excellence in innovation has resulted in outstanding student success that is benefitting the communities where we work and live.

Johnson says she is excited continue supporting the PSW program, and also welcomes secondary school students who may want to try a co-operative education placement at the home.

The program will be running in Parry Sound and Mattawa in September, and it is the board’s intention to also run the PSW program in North Bay and West Nipissing. For more information on the program and intake requirements, visit the PSW page of NNDSB’s website.

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Deb Bartlett
Communications Officer
Near North District School Board
P. (705) 472-8170, extension 5010
E. Deb.Bartlett@nearnorthschools.ca

Webinar – Grow Your Own PSWs: Regional Adaptations of the Living Classroom in Long Term Care

Join us for a Living Classroom webinar, part of AdvantAge Ontario’s Virtual Summer School. Visit the website for the full program and registration details.

Grow Your Own PSWs: Regional Adaptations of the Living Classroom in Long Term Care

Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 10:15 am-11:15 pm

  • Learn about the benefits of the Living Classroom, a postsecondary partnership program for addressing PSW shortages, including its impact on PSW recruitment and retention.
  • Explore evidence collected from use and regional adaptation of this model in different long-term care settings, and implementation strategies for successful program delivery from a range of stakeholder perspectives.
  • Identify how to assess your organization’s readiness to start a Living Classroom.

Speakers

Photo of Scott MitchellScott Mitchell, Knowledge Broker, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging

Scott Mitchell is a Knowledge Broker at the Ontario Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI) hosted by the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging in Waterloo. He is a co-founder and coordinating committee member of the Canadian Knowledge Transfer and Exchange Community of Practice.


Photo of Shelley SheedyShelley Sheedy, Director, Long-Term Care, Bonnechere Manor, Renfrew and Miramichi Lodge, Pembroke

Shelley Sheedy is an experienced health care leader with a diverse range of acute care, community, education and long-term care experience. Within long-term care, Shelley has held progressive leadership positions including Resident Care Co-ordinator, Director of Care, Administrator and is currently the Director of Long-Term Care for both of the County of Renfrew’s Homes — Bonnechere Manor and Miramichi Lodge — with responsibility for 346 residents, over 500 staff, approximately 300 volunteers and a $32M budget. She also oversaw the redevelopment of the 166-bed Miramichi Lodge. Both Homes have achieved Accreditation Canada’s highest “Accreditation with Exemplary Standing” Award.

Shelley holds a Masters degree in Health Studies and a certificate in Healthcare Leadership from the Telfer School of Management (University of Ottawa) and sits on a number of regional and provincial committees. She has published several articles including “A Call to Action — Dispelling the Myths and Reducing the Negative Factors Impacting Nursing Recruitment in LTC”; “Should Upper Tier Municipalities in Ontario Contribute to the Operations of a LTC Home?”; and “Improving the Image of Nursing in Ontario — What Can you Do?”

Shelley’s career passions include leading change with a continuous quality improvement focus on evidenced-based practices and implementing innovative human resource practices.

Photo of Heather Klein-HorsmanHeather Klein-Horsman, PSW and PN Program Coordinator, Algonquin College

Heather Klein-Horsman, RN, graduated from University of Ottawa in 2006 and continued on to complete her Critical Care Course through Algonquin College. She worked at the intensive care unit at the Ottawa Civic Hospital from 2006-2009. In 2009 she moved to the Renfrew Valley region and started in the ICU/ER department at the Pembroke Regional Hospital and part-time clinical teaching with Algonquin College Pembroke campus. She completed her Masters in Nursing through Charles Sturt University, was hired full time at Algonquin College in 2014 and now coordinates both PSW and PN programs (the PSW Living Classroom is in its second year) and teaches throughout the Nursing programs. Heather has a passion for teaching, leadership and change management and serves on multiple committees through the College and Provincial level.

Photo of Lori CrossonLori Crosson, Director of Continuing Education and E-Learning, Sault College

Lori is responsible for various PSW programming including online offerings, in-community offerings and in-facility offerings. She has been a member of the Sault College Continuing Education team for over 10 years and has experience in various models of flexible education.

Grow Your Own PSWs: Regional Adaptations of the Living Classroom in LTC

UPDATE (March 18): The AdvantAge Ontario conference has been cancelled due to COVID-19. … Continue reading

UPDATE (March 18): The AdvantAge Ontario conference has been cancelled due to COVID-19

Join us for a Living Classroom presentation on Friday, April 24, 11:15 am-12:15 pm, at Advancing Senior Care, AdvantAge Ontario’s annual general meeting and convention.

  • Learn about the benefits of the Living Classroom, a postsecondary partnership program for addressing PSW shortages, including its impact on PSW recruitment and retention.
  • Explore evidence collected from use and regional adaptation of this model in different long-term care settings, and implementation strategies for successful program delivery from a range of stakeholder perspectives.
  • Identify how to assess your organization’s readiness to start a Living Classroom.

Speakers

Photo of Scott MitchellScott Mitchell, Knowledge Broker, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging

Scott Mitchell is a Knowledge Broker at the Ontario Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI) hosted by the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging in Waterloo. He is a co-founder and coordinating committee member of the Canadian Knowledge Transfer and Exchange Community of Practice.


Photo of Shelley SheedyShelley Sheedy, Director, Long-Term Care, Bonnechere Manor, Renfrew and Miramichi Lodge, Pembroke

Shelley Sheedy is an experienced health care leader with a diverse range of acute care, community, education and long-term care experience. Within long-term care, Shelley has held progressive leadership positions including Resident Care Co-ordinator, Director of Care, Administrator and is currently the Director of Long-Term Care for both of the County of Renfrew’s Homes — Bonnechere Manor and Miramichi Lodge — with responsibility for 346 residents, over 500 staff, approximately 300 volunteers and a $32M budget. She also oversaw the redevelopment of the 166-bed Miramichi Lodge. Both Homes have achieved Accreditation Canada’s highest “Accreditation with Exemplary Standing” Award.

Shelley holds a Masters degree in Health Studies and a certificate in Healthcare Leadership from the Telfer School of Management (University of Ottawa) and sits on a number of regional and provincial committees. She has published several articles including “A Call to Action — Dispelling the Myths and Reducing the Negative Factors Impacting Nursing Recruitment in LTC”; “Should Upper Tier Municipalities in Ontario Contribute to the Operations of a LTC Home?”; and “Improving the Image of Nursing in Ontario — What Can you Do?”

Shelley’s career passions include leading change with a continuous quality improvement focus on evidenced-based practices and implementing innovative human resource practices.

Photo of Heather Klein-HorsmanHeather Klein-Horsman, PSW and PN Program Coordinator, Algonquin College

Heather Klein-Horsman, RN, graduated from University of Ottawa in 2006 and continued on to complete her Critical Care Course through Algonquin College. She worked at the intensive care unit at the Ottawa Civic Hospital from 2006-2009. In 2009 she moved to the Renfrew Valley region and started in the ICU/ER department at the Pembroke Regional Hospital and part-time clinical teaching with Algonquin College Pembroke campus. She completed her Masters in Nursing through Charles Sturt University, was hired full time at Algonquin College in 2014 and now coordinates both PSW and PN programs (the PSW Living Classroom is in its second year) and teaches throughout the Nursing programs. Heather has a passion for teaching, leadership and change management and serves on multiple committees through the College and Provincial level.


Photo of Pamela FicocielloPamela Ficociello, Executive Director, Algoma Manor

Pamela Ficociello serves as a AFS Board President, GPA Certified Coach and is a part of the Sault College Business Advisory Committee, and LTC Regional Committee. She has over 10 years of experience in a long-term care setting and 6 years of experience working in the mental health field as a Clinician Care and Treatment Worker.


Photo of Lori CrossonLori Crosson, Director of Continuing Education and E-Learning, Sault College

Lori is responsible for various PSW programming including online offerings, in-community offerings and in-facility offerings. She has been a member of the Sault College Continuing Education team for over 10 years and has experience in various models of flexible education.

The Living Classroom and Health Human Resources in Long-Term Care

The Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI) will be presenting on the Living Classroom at the AdvantAge Region 7 meeting in Ottawa on Friday, November 8, 2019. This interactive presentation by the Ontario CLRI and invited guests will explore successful Living Classroom models in Ontario (including the Ottawa region)…. Continue reading

The Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI) will be presenting on the Living Classroom at the AdvantAge Region 7 meeting in Ottawa on Friday, November 8, 2019. This interactive presentation by the Ontario CLRI and invited guests will explore successful Living Classroom models in Ontario (including the Ottawa region), engage participants in a hands-on activity to assess their own readiness to start a Living Classroom, and discuss the impact on health human resource challenges in LTC. Information about other CLRI initiatives to address HHR issues will also be provided.

Location: Hillel Lodge, 10 Nadolny Sachs Private, Ottawa
When: November 8, 2019, 8:00 am-3:00 pm
Cost: $20 (cash) per person

RSVP: Kelly Thompson, Kelly@hillel-ltc.com

Full-Day Workshop: Best Practices in Implementing a Living Classroom for Programs in Seniors Care

Join us on Friday, November 22, 2019, for an opportunity to understand the key features of implementing a successful Living Classroom for post-secondary education in seniors care. Conestoga College in partnership with Schlegel Villages and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging, has over a decade of experience operating a living classroom. Benefit from the experience and expertise of Dr. Veronique Boscart and the Living Classroom Team…. Continue reading

Workshop Description

An opportunity to understand the key features of implementing a successful Living Classroom for post-secondary education in seniors care. Conestoga College in partnership with Schlegel Villages and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging, has over a decade of experience operating a living classroom. Benefit from the experience and expertise of Dr. Veronique Boscart and the Living Classroom Team.

The Living Classroom is an innovative educational experience for students whose career path will lead them to work with older adults. The education program is delivered in a long-term care home, led by a post-secondary educator and involving students and those living and working in the long-term care home within a culture of interactive learning.

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Workshop Details

Date: November 22, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Conestoga College, Doon (Kitchener) campus
Cost: $300 per participant including lunch and refreshments (provided by The Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI)), parking and materials

Presenter

Dr. Veronique Boscart, RN, PhD
Executive Dean, School of Health & Life Sciences
CIHR/Schlegel Industrial Research Chair for Colleges in Seniors Care
Executive Director, Schlegel Centre for Advancing Seniors Care
Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Participant Benefit

College administrators and faculty will learn in an interactive environment about key success factors and practical applications to grow and sustain an innovative Living Classroom within the college and LTC context.

Registration

CLICK TO REGISTER Register by November 15, 2019

For more information, contact
Regina Dryngiewicz, Program Assistant
519-748-5220 ext. 3635
SchlegelCentre@conestogac.on.ca

Fall Open House – The Village at University Gates

Join Conestoga College on November 24, 2018 for information sessions and a tour of the Living Classroom facility, highlighting programs offered at Schlegel Villages’ The Village at University Gates…. Continue reading

Join Conestoga College for information sessions and a tour of the Living Classroom facility, highlighting programs offered at Schlegel Villages’ The Village at University Gates:

Date and Time

November 24, 2018
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (sessions start at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.)

Location

Conestoga College, The Village at University Gates, 250 Laurelwood Drive, Waterloo

For more information

Please contact Jan Stroh.

New PSW program being launched

Reprinted from Fort Frances Times

Riverside Health Care is pleased to announce our new partnership with the Rainy River District campus of Confederation College.

Together we have launched an inventive curriculum model for the Personal Support Worker (PSW) program starting this fall.

While studying on-site at Rainycrest Long Term Care Home here, this compressed 16-week certificate program offers an interactive hands-on learning environment that helps students gain the knowledge and confidence needed to excel in a PSW career.

In addition, students may gain meaningful part-time employment at Rainycrest outside of their program requirements.

Options for tuition assistance from Riverside Health Care, as well as interest-free loans, are available for students of the program.

Riverside and Confederation College will be holding open houses at Rainycrest during which prospective students can learn more about the program.

They are slated for Thursday June 7 from 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. and again Tuesday, June 12 from 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.