News Release – CASN Nursing Residency Program Contributes to Nurse Training and Mentorship in the NWT

News Release

(Yellowknife, May 10, 2023) – During Nursing Week the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority is proud to announce the continuation of a partnership with the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) for the implementation of the Nursing Residency Program.

This 6-month program supports newly graduated registered nurses (RNs) within their first year in managing the transition from classroom to workplace, as well as providing training for seasoned RNs to support, orient, and mentor students in the workplace. 

On April 20th, 2023, the Canadian Minister of Health announced $2.4 million to the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) to support the implementation and evaluation of a National Nurse Residency Program.

While this is the program’s second year in the NWT, it has already shown improvements in recruitment and retention for northern healthcare. With continued contributions to 2027, the program will remain a key support for nursing graduates working in the NWT.

To date, the Nursing Residency Program has trained 41 Registered Nurses across the territory for their roles as Preceptors and Mentors, and 9 RN graduates completed the first cohort in 2022, with 8 of these nurses remaining in the NWT.

We are proud to announce that in 2023 that there are 16 new RN’s joining the Nursing Residency Program starting in July.

Click this link to learn more about CASN and the Residency Program.



Media Contact 

David Maguire 
Manager, Communications 
Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority 
TEL: 867-767-9107 ext. 40150