Clinical Leadership Long-Term Care 1 Context Core Leadership Skill Development

This 8-week online course focuses on the practical application of theory and evidence for clinical leadership that supports excellence in resident care and care team collaboration within the Long-Term Care (LTC) context. Designed to provide front-line nurses working in LTC or similar practice environments, with the foundational knowledge and skills required by clinical leaders. Content for this course includes:

  • Exploration of role expectations for point-of-care clinical leaders.
  • Exploration of front-line leader competencies.
  • Opportunity to reflect on one’s own personal leadership skills & abilities development.
  • Examining regulatory, legislative, and individual organizational contexts within which the clinical leader works.
  • Examining the structure & function of teams working in LTC
  • Development & application of core communication & thinking strategies for effective team clinical leadership (e.g. SBAR, Huddles, Delegation, Conflict Resolution, Advocacy)
  • Exploration of approaches to addressing errors, complaints, and escalation of care situations

This is the first of two online courses approved as one component of a  Certificate in Clinical Leadership in Long-Term Care for participants successfully completing both courses within a two-year period.


This course has been designed for point of care/front-line nurses (RNs & RPNs) working in Long-Term Care facilities and similar practice environments, who may be assigned to clinical leadership roles such as “charge nurse”, “team lead”, or “shift leader” on either an occasional or frequent basis.

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Course Outline

This course is a 8-week course delivered through the University of Toronto’s learning management system (Quercus). It is primarily self-paced, however participants are required to engage in discussions and submit activities/assignments within identified timelines (usually weekly). It is estimated that participants need to allocate ~8 hours per week to complete the required components of the course.

In each of the 6 weeks, participants are expected to:

  • View an e-learning module
  • Read required readings (~2)
  • Participate in the learning activity/assignments

For this course, the learning activities / assignments include:

  • On-line discussion activities which provide opportunity for participants to learn from the varied experiences, roles, and perspectives of others
  • Three LIVE (via Zoom) session will take place for faculty & participants to engage with one another in a group discussion (alternative option is also available for this activity for those unable to attend)
  • The submission of one short written assignments

TimeDescriptionEvaluative Components

Week 1

Leading within a Introduction to the Point of Care Leadership Role & Competencies

  • Defining Point-of Care Clinical Leadership in LTC
  • Exploring the LEADS Framework for Front-line Leaders
  • Examining Role Expectations

Discussion Board Post

Week 2

Leadership Theory & Practice

  • Explore How the Concept of Leadership Has Evolved
  • Review Current Leadership Theories in the Context of LTC
  • Discuss Components of Transformational Leadership and How These Can be Practiced in the Context of LTC

Discussion Board Post

Week 3

Leadership Self-Assessment

  • Engage in Self-Assessment: Reflect on Personal Leadership Behaviours & Strategies
  • Discuss Reflective Practice
  • Review Professional Development & Staying Current Ideas
  • Explore Leadership Self-care

Assignment #1

TimeDescriptionEvaluative Components

Week 4

Long Term Care in Canada (The Big Picture)

  • Review Historical Perspective, Structure & Funding on LTC
  • Explore LTC “In the News….”, Current & Future State of LTC

LIVE Discussion Participation

Week 5

Leading within a Regulatory Framework

  • Review the Legislative Framework Including Specific Regulations/Legislation in LTC
  • Explore the Point of Care Leader’s Role in Accreditation & Quality Inspections/Audits
  • Review Provincial Nursing Competencies & Professional Accountability/Responsibility

Discussion Board Post

Week 6

The Big Picture Within Your Own Organization

  • Discuss the Organization’s Mission, Vision, Values & Goals
  • Review Decision Making & Reporting Structures
  • Discuss Organizational Roles & Profiles/Expectations
  • Examine Populations Served, Partnerships & Community Engagement
  • Explore Your Organization’s Team Culture & Work Environment
  • Review Resident Centred Care Philosophy of Care

Assignment #2

Other Courses in this Certificate Program

Clinical Leadership Long-Term Care 2: Managing Quality Care and Operations

This 8-week online course focuses on the practical application of theory and evidence that enables clinical leaders to effectively manage resident care and day-to-day operational needs within the Long-Term Care […]


Michael Nguyen

Manager, Advanced Nursing Practice, Seniors Services & Long-Term Care, City of Toronto
Adjunct Lecturer, Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

Anita Roopani

Manager, Stroke Program, Toronto Rehab, University Health Network

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Site Groups

A group discount rate is available for site groups of three or more people. For details please contact

Please Note

  • Refund Policy – To withdraw from a course, send a written request to by September 2, 2023. No refunds will be given after this date. All refunds are subject to an administrative fee of $100 + tax. Alternatively, a colleague may attend in your place. Please send your substitution request at least 3 days prior to the course to
  • Registration deadline: October 2, 2023
  • U of T Nursing Alumni discount is available to BScN, MN, PMNP Diploma, MScN or PhD graduates of the Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto.
  • U of T Nursing Faculty discount is available to individuals with a current (at time of registration) faculty position, adjunct or status appointment at the Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto.
  • Applicable taxes (13% HST) will be added to the registration fees.
  • Course Cancellation Policy – The Centre for Professional Development reserves the right to cancel courses due to circumstances. The decision to cancel a course is normally made 15 days prior to the course. If you are enrolled in a course which is subsequently cancelled, you may apply your fee to another course, or receive a full refund. The Centre is not responsible for any travel or other expenses incurred by you.

Financial Assistance

OSAP Funding

The Ontario Student Assistance Program now offers funding for micro-credentials (short training programs offered by post-secondary institutions), including a number of courses offered by the Centre for Professional Development. This funding initiative is part of Ontario’s micro-credentials strategy, helping learners access more opportunities to train or upskill for in-demand jobs through loans and grants.

How to Apply for OSAP Funding

This course is OSAP approved (more approved courses are listed below, and you can also verify on the Micro-credentials Portal). To apply for financial assistance through OSAP you will need to establish an OSAP account. You must apply before the course completion date. Visit

Once you have registered for an eligible OSAP Micro-credential program, the University Registrar’s Office requires a Micro-Credential Program information form to be completed to process your OSAP application. Please fill out the top section of the form and send it to to get assistance in completing the form.

For questions regarding the OSAP Micro-Credential funding, eligibility or application process, please contact UofT’s Enrolment Services directly at, or by phone at 416-978-2190 for assistance.

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