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Grow Your Own Nurse Practitioner Initiative

Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are valued and respected members of Ontario’s health care teams and integral to the Ontario government’s vision for promoting access to primary health care. The Grow Your Own Nurse Practitioner Initiative (GYONP) was developed in 2005/06 to address some of the challenges that communities face in recruiting NPs and updated in 2015/16 to reflect the needs of today’s health care environment. This Initiative allows a health care organization, that currently has a government of Ontario funded vacant NP position that has been vacant,the flexibility to repurpose this funding. Funding can be repurposed, (or a portion thereof) to sponsor a Registered Nurse (RN) to complete her/his post-graduate Primary Health Care NP (PHCNP) education, and subsequently fill the vacant position while fulfilling a return of service agreement. The completion of the GYONP application is the responsibility of the organization. For more information on completion of the application please see the Program Guideline. Memorandum to Stakeholders

The Grow Your Own Nurse Practitioner (GYONP) involves re-purposing government funds already allocated to a Nurse Practitioner (NP) position, so that a community can sponsor a Registered Nurse (RN) to complete their post-graduate Primary Health Care NP education. The funds are used for salary continuance and tuition. Participating RNs sign a return of service agreement with the sponsoring organization. Learn more about the Grow Your Own Nurse Practitioner Initiative at http://www.forms.ssb.gov.on.ca/mbs/ssb/forms/ssbforms.nsf/FormDetail?OpenForm&ACT=RDR&TAB=PROFILE&SRCH=&ENV=WWE&TIT=4965&NO=56-4965E

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