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ONWA is a partnership of health care organizations focusing on the sharing of resources. It is an exciting program that was initiated in 2010 in partnerships with the Nursing Secretariat of the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. London Health Sciences Centre, in London Ontario, is the current program administrator.
This initiative partners “Hub Organizations”, large academic acute care centres with “Satellite Organizations”, rural remote acute care centres that are experiencing challenges when hiring nursing staff . This partnership allows for the sharing of nurses between the two organizations.
Both experienced Registered Nurses and new graduates are utilized for this program. The Nursing Graduate Guarantee program can be leveraged to hire and prepare new nurses in a unique education and orientation program. Equipped with appropriate qualifications, the ONWA nurse will provide short and long term placements in rural and remote communities experiencing staffing shortages.
This initiative allows cooperative and collaborative sharing of expertise in nursing practice and patient-centered care between nurses and the partner sites in ONWA. ONWA nurses have the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge, skills and experience working in diverse health care environments. Support and knowledge sharing between a large academic health care facility and smaller community based organizations is the foundation of ONWA.
ONWA nurses are employees of the Hub Organization and will be provided with a leave of absence (LOA) in order to work at the Satellite Organization for an agreed term(length varies 3-12 months). Travel expenses and accommodation costs will be paid to the ONWA nurse by the Satellite Organization as negotiated.
ONWA also supports effective nursing health human resources (HHR) forecasting by providing participating organizations with the HHR Talent Forecasting Report. This report is a workforce planning and forecasting tool designed to predict supply needs across organizations.