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 frontline 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 frontline leader competencies.
  • Opportunity to reflect upon and develop personal leadership skills & abilities.
  • 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/frontline 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 learning activities and assignments

For this course, the learning activities / assignments include:

  • Online discussion activities which provide opportunity for participants to learn from the varied experiences, roles, and perspectives of others
  • Three LIVE (via Zoom) sessions 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

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 […]


Angie Jeffs

Clinical Operations, Vaccination Clinic & Mobile Hospital at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Tara A. Bolden

Nurse Practitioner Lead, University Health Network
Adjunct Lecturer, Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences & Wellness, University of New Brunswick & Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning Collaborative Nursing Program

Registration Information


$845 + HST
$940 + HST
$800 + HST
$800 + HST

Site Groups

A group discount rate of 15% is available for site groups of three or more people. To book 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 for Micro-credentials

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.

OSAP for Micro-credentials is available for eligible students taking a ministry-approved micro-credential that is less than 12 weeks. 

To be eligible for OSAP for Micro-credentials, a student must be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or a protected person; and, be a resident of Ontario.  

Ontario residency requirements for the purposes of OSAP for Micro-credentials are consistent with Full-Time OSAP residency criteria. 

Students may be ineligible for the following reasons:

  • they do not meet the Ontario residency requirement 
  • their family income threshold is above the income threshold to qualify for funding (i.e., $80,000 for a family of one person; $100,000 for a family of two or more people) 
  • they are restricted from OSAP for Micro-credentials (e.g., have defaulted on a previous OSAP loan, they have a failed credit check on file, they have a bursary overpayment)

Step 1: Confirm that the University of Toronto micro-credential course you want to take is OSAP-approved.

Step 2: Log in to your OSAP account. If this is your first time applying, you will need to create an OSAP account. 

Step 3: From the options listed, select and complete the OSAP for Micro-credentials Application. You can only receive OSAP for Micro-credentials funding for one course at a time.

Step 4: Once you have completed your application, you will receive communication through your OSAP account, which will guide you in completing a supplementary form on the Service Portal. 

The form requires the following information: 

  • Full Name 
  • Date of Birth 
  • Name of Program 
  • Program Study Period – start and end dates 

This must be completed by the end of the study period. 

Step 5: Your division will confirm the information that you have submitted is correct and confirm your registration status. 

Step 6: The University Registrar’s Office will update the OSAP for Micro-credentials Application with the information provided by both you and your division and process your confirmation of enrolment.

Step 7: If you have not already done so, enrol and pay for the micro-credential course you would like to take.

Note: you must be registered in an OSAP approved micro-credential program before OSAP funding will be issued/released. 

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Centre for Professional Development
Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
University of Toronto
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Toronto, ON, Canada
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