Supports for Burnout in Critical Care Teams


Critical care practitioners are reported to be at a particularly high risk of burnout due to the unique job demands present in intensive care units. As a result of findings in CCSO's 1-measure Burnout Survey conducted in the Summer of 2019, potential resources and tools have been identified that may be useful for critical care teams.  The intent is to offer possible resources to assist individuals, unit managers as well as critical care leaders to support teams in understanding and addressing factors that can contribute to burnout in the critical care system.  Resources are provided on a separate website accessible here. burnout.jpg

Critical Care Nurse Training Fund

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The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's (MOHLTC) 2005 Critical Care Strategy identified HHR planning as an essential factor in the delivery of critical care services, particularly focusing on the training, recruitment and retention of critical care nurses. To support this strategy in 2006/07, the Ministry announced the annual Nurse Training Fund, a $4.5M initiative designed to assist hospitals with the costs of training critical care nurses to provincially-recognized critical care nurse training standards. Since inception, the Fund has helped support the training of over 3,500 new critical care nurses in Ontario.

In 2015/16, the MOHLTC provided additional funds to support training for mid-career nurses (nurses with three to ten years of experience working in critical care units)

Critical Care Nursing Workforce Profile and Tracking System

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Since 2007, the Critical Care Nursing Workforce Profile (CCNWP) and Tracking System has collected and analyzed data on critical care nurse demographics, staff and unit characteristics, as well as nurse utilization, retention and recruitment practices. The CCNWP questionnaire is a tool that will contribute to a better understanding of the critical care nursing workforce at the provincial, LHIN, and regional level; will facilitate planning to meet demands for critical care services; and will inform forecasting of emerging health human resources needs.

In 2013/14, the distributed CCNWP questionnaire achieved an 81.1% response rate, collecting data from 167 critical care units in Ontario, representing a total of 8,727 critical care nurses.

The 2015 CCNWP Provincial Report provides a snapshot analysis of the demographics, workforce utilization, recruitment and retention, as well as training and development of the critical care nursing workforce in Ontario. Ongoing CCNWP data collection in 2015-2016 will also allow for future trend analysis.