Nova Scotia to launch e-Learning
program for nurses
– An e-learning program to give Nova Scotia nurses easier access to
ongoing clinical training was announced by Health Minister Chris d’Entremont
“As part of the province’s overall nursing strategy and rural nursing
strategy, the e-learning program will support nurses in Nova Scotia
through improved access to training regardless of where they are
located, and at a time and place that is convenient for them,” said Mr.
The e-learning program for registered nurses and licensed practical
nurses will be tested through a pilot project in the South Shore
District Health Authority for about two months, starting in May.
The project will give nurses access to educational content in three
subject areas: intravenous management, electrocardiogram and cardiac
monitoring. Based on knowledge gained through the pilot project, a
detailed plan and province-wide roll-out timeline will be determined.
“We know that continuing education is the number one priority of our
nurses so they are able to provide patients with the highest level of
care,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “Through improved access to training, this
innovative e-learning program will help in our efforts to recruit and
retain nurses, particularly for rural areas, and enhance their quality
of work life.”
When the program is fully implemented, nurses will have access to
extensive educational materials on about 50 topics. Over time, the
number of materials is expected to grow.
The Department of Health has purchased 10,000 licences for nurses to use
the Medworxx Learning Management System. Headquartered in Toronto,
Medworxx products are used by more than 400,000 medical professionals at
more than 250 hospitals in North America.
The e-learning program is expected to be available to nurses throughout
the province within two or three years at an anticipated cost of about
$500,000. The department aims to expand the program to support all
healthcare workers in the province.
Through the nursing strategy, the province established a Rural and
Remote Working Group to address the challenges faced by rural nurses and
recruiters. In 2006, the group released an action plan that identified
the importance of access to education. The e-learning program is
designed to meet that need.
More information on nursing in Nova Scotia is available on the website